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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 90

Built: 1987-1990, BREL at Crewe as sub-contract for GEC

Electric supply: 25kV overhead

Traction motors: GEC G412CY frame mounted

Maximum tractive effort: 258kN (58,000lbf)

Brake force: 40t

Weight: 84.5t

Maximum speed: 110mph

Dimensions: 18.80x2.74m

Owners: Arriva, DB Schenker, Porterbrook

Operators: Abellio Greater Anglia, DB Schenker, Freightliner, ScotRail, Virgin Trains

Numbers: 90001-90050


Caption: DB Schenker 90029 stands at Edinburgh Waverley on June 5 2012. The Class 90 had worked a sleeper train from Carstairs earlier that morning. RICHARD CLINNICK. 

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