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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: DRS to play key part in nuclear power station traffic

Direct Rail Services could supply locomotives and vehicles for both freight and passenger traffic on the Cumbrian Coast, as part of the construction of a new nuclear power station at Moorside in West Cumbria.

The freight company has carried out a consultancy for NuGen (owned by Toshiba), while work has also been undertaken for Westinghouse and West Cumbria Mining on feasibility studies, rail development solutions and management tasks.

In an exclusive interview with RAIL, the company said it had been appointed as the Strategic Rail Partner for the project. DRS currently supplies locomotive-hauled trains to Northern on the route, and has more locomotives and stock available.

  • To read the full interview, see RAIL 842, published on December 20, and available on Android/iPad from December 16.

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  • Richard - 13/12/2017 01:01

    Nice to know that we're going back to dodgy technology serviced by a 168 year old railway that's showing its age.

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  • FrankH - 13/12/2017 16:08

    Kepco a Korean state owned company has taken over (preferred bidder). It took Westinghouse itself a Toshiba subsidiary 5 years to get approval for it's reactors now Kepco has to do the same. So apart from maybe a little groundwork I can't see any substantial construction being done for at least 4 years.

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