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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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New numbers for trains

New rail vehicles entering service in Britain must now display the new standard European Vehicle Number (EVN).

The scheme is designed to allow vehicles to operate across borders more easily, and even though few UK-registered rail vehicles do so, new registrations must display the EVN. The rules came into force on January 1.

Vehicles not destined to run in mainland Europe will not need to display the numbers externally, although they must still be registered under the scheme. The RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) says many UK-registered new vehicles will be able to incorporate the Total Operations Processing System number within the EVN.

RSSB has confirmed that DB Cargo and GB Railfreight Class 92s that travel through the Channel Tunnel will receive the new numbers.


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