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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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EXCLUSIVE: DB Cargo UK seeks to expand electric-hauled operations

DB Cargo UK is encouraging the use of electric traction wherever possible, as it looks to meet decarbonisation targets set by Government.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, there were plans for long-stored locomotives to be returned to service following overhauls, for use on automotive traffic. However, this was put on hold once the pandemic struck and lockdown forced a temporary suspension to much of the manufacturing.

Speaking exclusively to RAIL, DBC Head of Sales Roger Neary explained that the company has around 30 electric locomotives stored and that some could be returned to traffic should the need arise.

He said that DBC’s plan is that where possible, all trains running the full length of the East and West Coast Main Lines will be electric-hauled. Also, any contract on the Great Western Main Line that could be similarly powered would be.

“We have potentially a number of locomotives to reinstate, and we are looking at what could be returned,” he said.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 908, published on July 1, and available digitally now.

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