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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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More luggage space to be added to LNER Azumas

The first southbound LNER Azuma from Aberdeen ran on November 26, working the 0752 to London King’s Cross.

LNER Managing Director David Horne used the launch to announce that following passenger feedback, more luggage space would be added to the trains. The additional space will be created by installing additional floor-mounted luggage racks for large items, where some non-reservable seats are currently located. This will be the first major internal change to any train from the Intercity Express Programme Class 800/801 order.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 893, published on December 4, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 30.

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