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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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ScotRail’s first scenic Class 158 released into traffic

The first refurbished ‘scenic’ Class 158 for ScotRail was unveiled on September 1, before being released today in time for its planned use on the Borders Railway when the line re-opened on September 6.

The two-car diesel multiple unit, which is owned by Porterbrook, has been refurbished by Knorr-Bremse Rail Services at Springburn Works.

Its new interior features improved seating, LED lights, improved accessibility to meet the PRM-TSI (Persons of Reduced Mobility - Technical Specification for Interoperability) deadline of January 1 2020, CCTV systems, automated passenger-counting systems and at-seat power sockets.

  • For much more on this story, and in-depth feature on the plans for scenic trains, read RAIL 783, published on September 16.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 02/09/2015 22:16

    And what about Wi-Fi to be installed on the Class 158's. Or is Wi-Fi not in plans just yet.

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  • foto2021 - 02/09/2015 23:29

    But do the windows line up with the seats? If not, the term 'scenic' would be completely undeserved.

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  • Patrick Speaight - 05/09/2015 13:00

    For God sake go to Switzerland and look at their scenic rolling stock; surely the beauty of our country side warrants some initiative?

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