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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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GALLERY: Crewe open day raises £55,000 for charity

Around £55,000 was raised for charity at the All Change open day held at Locomotive Services Limited’s Crewe Diesel Depot on June 8.

Tickets were limited to 5,000 people. The event was run in honour of Alison Austin, who lost her fight with Neuroendocrine Cancer last year. Her mother Lyn Gillan and brother Melvyn work at Crewe station.

Funds raised were donated to NET Patient Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness, The Railway Children, St John’s Ambulance, and a number of other local good causes.

Attending the event were: 08737/762, 20189, 20205, 37190, 37606, 37608 Andromeda, 43048 T.C.B Miller MBE, 43423 Valenta 1973-2010, 47501 Craftsman, 47593 Galloway Princess, 47614, 47712, 47811/816, 47830 Beeching’s Legacy, 47841, 50049 Defiance, 50050 Fearless, 56049 Robin of Templecombe 1938-2013, 57301 Goliath, 57307 Lady Penelope, 66503 The Railway Magazine, 67006 Royal Sovereign, 68027 Splendid, 70008, 70808, 73001, 73951 Malcolm Brinded, 73952 Janis Kong, 86622, 88005 Minerva, 90045, 91119 Bounds Green Intercity Depot 1977-2017, 92038, 142001, 221101 and 319433, as well as steam locomotives 34046, 45231, 46100 and 70000.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 881, published on June 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle now.

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  • Nigel - 20/06/2019 20:42

    Nice of you not to mention that 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier also appeared at the charity event , which was also started up for the public

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