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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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PICTURES: The Thameslink Class 700

700101 at Wildenrath on April 2. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Govia Thameslink Railway has released images of its new Class 700 fleet that is being launched today.

GTR will, eventually, have 115 of the Siemens-built electric multiple units in traffic on its Thameslink network.


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  • jak jaye - 27/05/2016 09:21

    The ugliest EMU's yet run by the most useless TOC ..ever!

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 27/05/2016 11:56

    As 115 Class 700's trains are to be built (55 12-car and 60 8-car) for Thameslink. 25 Class 701's trains are to be built for Great Northern.

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