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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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Saturday swansong for '37s' in Anglia

Controlled by soon-to-be-replaced Victorian mechanical signalling, 37407 and (nearest the camera) 37423 accelerate Greater Anglia's 1455 Norwich-Lowestoft away from Reedham on April 18. GLEN BATTEN.

‘37s’ prepare for Saturday swansong

Class 37s will again operate locomotive-hauled trains between Norwich and Great Yarmouth on summer Saturday services.

This is likely to be the last time locomotive-hauled coaching stock (LHCS) operates additional summer trains on the branch, with Stadler bi-mode units due to be delivered from later this year.

As per weekdays, top-and-tailed Direct Rail Services Class 37s will be used. The trains are booked to leave Norwich at 0955, 1120, 1318 and 1518, returning from the Norfolk coast at 1041, 1157, 1355 and 1555. All trains are non-stop services running via Reedham and Berney Arms.

It’s likely that they will be used on additional trains, while on days that Norwich City Football Club are playing at home the LHCS set will also be pressed into traffic on the 1640 and 1806 departures from Norwich (1717 and 1847 return from Yarmouth). 

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