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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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Luxury charter train launches in Ireland in 2016

Belmond Ltd has bought ten coaches from Iarnród Éireann, and will use them on a luxury train with an anticipated 2016 launch.

Belmond Grand Hibernian will be the first luxury overnight rail experience of its kind in Ireland, with plans for tours of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The ten coaches will form a luxury sleeper train with accommodation for up to 40 guests travelling in 20 elegant, en-suite cabins. The interior design project is being carried out by James Park Associates, which has worked on other train projects for the company including the Belmond Northern Belle and Eastern & Oriental Express.

Belmond Grand Hibernian will feature four interconnecting suites to accommodate families, two restaurant cars and an observation bar car.

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