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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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Northern says a final farewell to its Pacers

The final Pacer-operated train in northern England ran on November 27, almost a year later than planned, when 142004 formed the 1636 Kirkby-Manchester Victoria.

It brought to a close more than 35 years of Pacers operating in the region.

“The Pacers have kept millions of Northerners on the move. And while they have served us well and provided some communities with rail services they may have otherwise lost, it is time to give them a well-earned rest,” said Northern Regional Director Chris Jackson.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps added: “The Pacer fleet has connected communities on the Northern network for over 30 years, but today marks the sun finally setting on trains that have become loved by some but hated by many.”

Pacers remain in use with Great Western Railway and Transport for Wales.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 920, published on December 16, and available digitally from December 12.

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  • jak jay - 16/12/2020 20:44

    And if it wasnt for these iconic trains how many branch lines would still be open?

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