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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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Paul claims his cab desk prize

Paul Haines, the winner of RAIL’s cab desk competition (RAIL 825), collected his prize from Vivarail at Long Marston on June 13.

The desk had been stripped from a former London Underground D78 train, which has been gutted and completely rebuilt as a Class 230 D-Train.

The CrossCountry driver visited the site with his wife Andrea to collect his winnings. He was shown Vivarail’s battery train, on which he also had a ride, and inspected the cab of a Class 230.

The cab desk is destined for Paul’s children Ella (8) and train-fan William (4), although the exact plan remains a secret.  

  • For more on D-Train, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.
  • For more on D-Train developments, read RAIL 830, published on July 5.


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