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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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RAIL ARCHIVE: Features from RAIL 788

Read the following features from RAIL 788 (November 25 - December 8 2015) by selecting the links below:

  • Biomass…from port to power station - Biomass trains from Port of Liverpool form part of a massive contract win for GB Railfreight. RICHARD CLINNICK reports on how the deal was won
  • Making Metrolink accessible for all - RAIL reports on how TfGMs work with the Disability Design Reference Group has culminated in it deservedly claiming the NRA Putting Passengers First prize award
  • Maintenance excellence - STEFANIE BROWNE reports on AMCO Rail’s recent achievements, and how the essential maintenance work of such companies often goes under the radar
  • On the trail of the tram-train - RAIL visits Vossloh’s plant in Valencia, and is given a guide tour of the prototype vehicle that is being developed for Sheffield

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