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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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First Great Western gets rid of First Class on Reading trains

First Great Western is declassifying the First Class section on its Class 165 diesel multiple units, creating more than 500 additional Standard Class seats between Reading and London Paddington every day.

It follows a lengthy campaign by Reading West MP Alok Sharma to relieve overcrowding on the busy Reading-London corridor. Work on the trains is being carried out at FGW’s Reading traincare depot, and is due to be completed by the end of 2015.

FGW Managing Director Mark Hopwood said: “It is still some time before new electric trains will be ready for service. The conversion of these carriages to create more Standard Cass seating is crucial in the interim period.”

The Class 165s are to be sent to the Bristol area and used on services currently without First Class facilities, as part of a wider cascade of trains across the FGW network.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 08/09/2015 12:52

    Why not get rid of First Class on all trains that would help to improve capacity for commuters during the Rush Hour period and to only allow First Class on Intercity trains that travel longer journeys across the UK from A to B or for example from London to Scotland & from Far South of Cornwall to the Far North of Scotland.

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