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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: HM The Queen names new Great Western Railway IEP

Her Majesty the Queen travelled aboard a Great Western Railway Intercity Express Programme Class 800 on June 13, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the first rail journey made by a monarch.

Travelling with husband Prince Philip, HM The Queen travelled from Slough to London Paddington aboard 800003, before then naming the IEP Queen Elizabeth II.

Back on June 13 1842, a train carrying Queen Victoria was driven by Sir Daniel Gooch and assisted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. GWR re-created the event, for which it was joined by Gillian White and Isambard Thomas, who are direct descendants of Gooch and Brunel. On June 13 2017, the IEP Class 800, built by Hitachi, was operated by GB Railfreight.

  • For more on the event, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.

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  • AndrewG1989 - 16/06/2017 01:15

    Sounds like the Queen enjoyed her trip Slough to London Paddington on the new GWR Hitachi Class 800 "800003" IEP Bi-mode train.

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