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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 Trains celebrate East Coast line’s “unique heritage”

Thousands lined the trackside near York at 0600 on April 23, to witness a ‘world first’ as four generations of East Coast Main Line traction ran parallel for around six miles.

Millions more watched the event online or on television, as the National Railway Museum’s A3 60103 Flying Scotsman, Virgin Trains East Coast 43238 National Railway Museum 40 Years 1975-2015, VTEC Mk 4 Driving Van Trailer 82205 and Hitachi Rail Europe 800101 ran south from Tollerton to York station.

  • For much more on this event, read RAIL 826, published on May 10. 

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