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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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IEP cab to be displayed at National Railway Museum

Hitachi Rail Europe has donated an Intercity Express Programme cab to the National Railway Museum.

The idea is that visitors will be able to view the latest innovations that HRE has installed in the IEP cabs, and compare it with the 40-year-old High Speed Trains that IEP will replace on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines.  It had previously been used for training at North Pole.

“By 2020 over 280 Hitachi trains will be running on the UK rail network, all of which are packed full of modern technology and sleek designs,” said HRE Managing Director Karen Boswell.

“We want those in schools and colleges to be part of our mission to transform UK rail, and show the industry can once again be a British success story.”

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