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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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Class 20

Built: 1957-1968 – English Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows or by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns, Darlington

Engine: English Electric 8CSVT Mk II

Main generator: English Electric 819/3C

Traction Motors: English Electric 526/5D or 526/8D

Maximum Tractive Effort: 187kN (42,000lbf)

Brake force: 35t

Weight: 73.4-73.5t

Maximum speed: 75mph

Dimensions: 14.25x2.67m

Owners: Class 20189 Ltd, Class 20 Locomotive Society, Direct Rail Services, Harry Needle Railroad Company, Preserved

Operators: Direct Rail Services, GB Railfreight, preservation

Numbers: 20001-20228, 20301-20315, 20901-20906

 

Caption: Preserved 20069 stands at Dereham on August 29 2014. RICHARD CLINNICK.



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