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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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GTR Class 313s sign off in style with £10,000 charity charter

Govia Thameslink Railway raised £10,000 for charity by running a railtour to mark the end of the Class 313 electric multiple units.

Two of the 42-year-old EMUs were used for the October 23 charter, travelling on the Great Northern routes over which they have operated since 1976. One driving vehicle from 313064 was cosmetically restored into Network SouthEast livery, while 313134 City of London was the other EMU in action.

Almost 300 passengers travelled on the train, which ran almost a month after GTR withdrew the final Class 313s (after taking delivery of 25 six-car Class 717s from Siemens).

Operations Development Manager Grace Roche, one of the event organisers, said: “It was a really great day. There was an excitable atmosphere on board as people shared their ‘313’ stories and memories. At each station, there were crowds lining the platforms to take photos and videos as we passed through.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 891, published on November 6, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 2.

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