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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: London Gateway-Liverpool Street freight trial planned

Freight trials into London Liverpool Street using a converted Class 769 FLEX bi-mode train are set to start next spring.

Orion, the logistics business created last year by Rail Operations Group (UK), is to operate a trial between London Gateway and the London terminus starting in either April or May.

ROG Chief Executive Officer Karl Watts, speaking exclusively to RAIL, said that the market had spoken of the need for a shuttle service. He added that the trial is backed by Network Rail.

Trains will leave London Gateway at 0029, 1208 and 1856, returning from Liverpool Street at 0242, 1421 and 2100. They will use Platforms 9 and 10.

“The design of Orion is not to pre-empt what customers want, it is about asking them and then delivering that,” said Watts.

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  • Silent Observer - 11/10/2019 13:35

    This is a great way to "de carbonise" delivery's in the city. Mandatory use of full electric delivery vehicles operating off peak should be encouraged..........

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