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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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Four-day charity HST to feature original livery

Marking the end of 41 years of High Speed Train operation on the East Coast Main Line, LNER is repainting a full HST in original ‘Flying Banana’ livery, with the Mk 3s in blue and grey.

The set will be used for a series of farewell charters on December 18-21, raising funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) charity with which the operator works regularly, and for which several LNER staff volunteer.

The final regular passenger service operated by an LNER HST is to be on December 15, although as this issue of RAIL went to press it was unconfirmed what the final working would be.

The charity trains will serve destinations visited by HSTs throughout their ECML careers. On December 18, it will run from Edinburgh Waverley-Aberdeen, followed by Inverness-Newcastle on December 19. On December 20, the HST will run from Newcastle-York via Leeds. The final train will be on December 21, when it runs from Leeds-King’s Cross calling at several stations on its way south.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 893, published on December 4, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 30.



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