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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Czech trip for Caledonian Sleeper Class 73

Caledonian Sleeper (CS) is sending a Class 73/9 to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic.

The electro-diesel, owned by GB Railfreight (GBRf), will be used for testing the Mk 5s on order for CS, which are being built by Construcciones y Auxiliar Ferrocarriles (CAF).

  • For much more on this EXCLUSIVE story, including details of the test, which '73' is heading abroad and when, read RAIL 818, published on January 18.

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