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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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ScotRail's Class 314 farewell tour raises more than £4,000 for charity

More than £4,000 was raised by ScotRail by the Class 314 farewell tours that ran on December 18 (RAIL 895).

Rather than ticket sales, SR asked for passengers to make donations, with a minimum of £10 requested. These were sold on a first-come first-served basis. Throughout the day, SR also asked passengers for donations via the sale of commemorative pin badges, tickets and timetables.

Funds raised were donated to ScotRail’s charity partner MND Scotland, with £4,192.66 collected including £500 from the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band, who donated their fee for performing on the day.


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