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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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ON THIS DAY: 'Thunderbirds' Class 47s launched

22 years ago today (November 23 1993), Intercity launched East Coast trains 47/520 and 47671/3/5 at Kings Cross.

Select the image below to read the original article published in RAIL 215 (December 8 to 21 1993), or read it here: Thunderbirds are go (RAIL 215)

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