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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 67

Built: 1999-2000 – Alstom at Valencia as sub-contract for General Motors

Engine: General Motors 12N-710G3B-EC

Main alternator: General Motors AR9/HEP7/CA6C

Traction Motors: General Motors D43FM

Maximum Tractive Effort: 141kN (31,770lbf)

Brake force: 78t

Weight: 90t

Maximum speed: 125mph

Dimensions: 19.74x2.72m

Owners: Angel Trains

Operators: Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, DB Schenker, East Coast, ScotRail, charters

Numbers: 67001-67030

Note: DB Schenker hires ‘67s’ to Arriva Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, East Coast and ScotRail.


Caption: DB Schenker 67020, on hire to Chiltern Railways, propels the 1555 Birmingham New Street-London Marylebone at Banbury on July 10 2014. PAUL BIGLAND/RAIL.

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