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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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Freightliner trials Class 70 on Mendips train

Freightliner hauled an aggregates train between Merehead and Acton on July 17 using one of its Class 70 locomotives, ahead of the company taking over the Mendip freight contract from DB Cargo.

Bulk Commercial Director for G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies, David Israel said: “Under the Mendip contract, Freightliner will haul an expected eight million tonnes of aggregate per year, so it was crucial that we tested the maximum haulage capability using one of our Class 70 locomotives.


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