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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: September arrival for Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5s

A completed Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5 bodyshell in CAF's Beasain factory, northern Spain. CALEDONIAN SLEEPER.

The first Mk 5s for the Caledonian Sleeper are due in the UK in late September.

Seventy-five coaches are being built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Beasain, northern Spain. As this issue of RAIL went to press on April 5, 22 bodyshells had been completed. The first five Mk 5s are due to move to the Velim test track in Czech Republic in July.

  • For much more on this story, including details on testing, numbering and fleet composition, read RAIL 824, on sale on the iPad and Android now. 
  • For much more on this story, including details on testing, numbering and fleet composition read RAIL 824, published on April 12. 

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