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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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GBRf starts serving Southampton

GB Railfreight has started running a daily intermodal train from ABP Port of Southampton to Hams Hall.

The daily train runs from Solent Stevedores terminal at the Hampshire port to the Midlands. The five-year contract is with Wincanton, and trains will run Tuesday to Saturday.

The deal was awarded on October 20, and is significant because it is the second deep-sea port that GBRf now serves (a long-held ambition for the operator).

The first train left at 0239 on November 1, hauled by 66703 Doncaster PSB and with 34 platforms fully laden with containers

At the port, some £2.4 million has been invested to support the contract, with a new 5.8-acre facility operated by Solent Stevedores that halves turnaround times. ABP Southampton Director Alastair Welch said the improvements mean more containers can be handled, and that more trains can now serve the port.

 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 10/11/2017 04:50

    That's good news for Southampton and the Solent region. Plus with new jobs created there aswell.

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