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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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Sidings returning to use in Norwich

This was the view on February 14. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Network Rail is returning Victoria Sidings, Trowse, near Norwich on the right to operational condition. They are to be used for storing vehicles leased by Greater Anglia when new trains are delivered. GA must retain stock until the end of its lease period as a contingency. Last used in the early-1990s, the sidings are located next to the Great Eastern Main Lne. As well as track clearance, a new point motor has being installed. The point into the sidings is on the Down Main, while the Ely line is on the left. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 27/02/2018 20:08

    That could be used for Network Rail maintenance vehicles when Network Rail are improving the London-Norwich Main Line and the Norwich-Ely-Peterborough Line that isn’t electrified. Which the junction itself could be upgraded with the Ely line to have a extra track being laid as part of the upgrade.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 27/02/2018 23:15

    What about the new train depot in Brantham? That will also have sidings as new trains are coming.

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  • Peter Smith - 07/03/2019 10:00

    Looks like work underway to relay new track on Victoria sidings site clesred of old track with blue plastic fence around

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  • Isochest - 16/05/2019 18:15

    What was their previous use?

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