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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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Vivarail begins testing on first converted D-Stock

The first driving car that is being modified as part of the Vivarail project to convert former London Underground D-Stock trains into diesel electric multiple units is complete and ready, and undergoing testing on Vivarail’s track at Long Marston (RAIL 771).

And Vivarail Chairman Adrian Shooter is confident the train will be ready this year: “We have a programme, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t make it, for the train to be ready for the end of November.”

The test train is expected to begin its first runs on Network Rail metals in late November, along the Cotswolds line to Evesham. While on test, it will be operated on Vivarail’s behalf by GB Railfreight.

For more on this story, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.




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