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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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EMT train naming honours firefighters and BTP officers

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and British Transport Police Nottingham have been honoured by East Midlands Trains, in recognition of their swift emergency response to a significant fire that broke out on Nottingham station concourse on January 12 (RAIL 845).

The station’s operator unveiled two nameplates on its High Speed Train power car 43467, at a special train naming ceremony held on February 12.

Representatives from a range of organisations that provided support to EMT during the fire were invited - including East Midlands Ambulance Service, which attended the incident in case of any injuries (although none would arise following a rapid evacuation).

Nottingham City Council helped enforce road closures around the station, while BTP and Nottingham Police co-ordinated the emergency services - including the 60 firefighters who battled for 12 hours to extinguish the blaze, successfully protecting much of the Grade 2-listed building from being extensively damaged.

Network Rail staff and contractors were also invited to the ceremony, having helped to reopen much of the station less than 24 hours later. 

  • For the full story, read RAIL 847, published on February 28, and available digitally on iPad and Android from February 24. 
  • For EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes images of the Nottingham fire aftermath, read RAIL 845, available digitally on iPad and Android.

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