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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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HNRC expands with Worksop purchase

The majority of the freehold interest in Worksop Wagon Repair Depot has been bought by Harry Needle Railroad Company from DB Cargo UK.

DB retains its leasehold interest in the Worksop Down Reception Sidings, and the two companies have agreed to a Connection Contract that to ensure the facilities remain connected.

The contract is based closely on the Office of Rail and Road’s Model Clause Contract but will still be submitted to the regulator rather than under the General Approval process as it does not involve the connection of the adjacent facility to the Network Rail network.

It’s also been agreed between DB and HNRC that the latter will hold the access rights for all rail vehicles moving to and from the Wagon Repair Depot across DB’s Reception Sidings.

The two firms plan enter a Facility Access Contract which must be approved.

Other operators are invited to comment on the proposals and the consultation closes at 1700 on February 4.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 870, published on January 16, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from January 12.



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