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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 fits power sockets to more trains

A ScotRail Class 334 at Bathgate. SCOTRAIL.

ScotRail has fitted power sockets to the first of 40 Class 334s, as part of a £36 million upgrade.

The three-car electric multiple units are being upgraded as part of a project that will end in 2017. Alstom is carrying out the work at Polmadie depot in Glasgow.

The work includes fitting free on-board WiFi, while improved heating and air-conditioning will be added during further refurbishments from next summer. This forms part of Eversholt Rail’s investment of £36.1 million to improve the passenger environment and reliability of the trains.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 788, published on November 25.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 14/11/2015 23:15

    Well Abellio should lose the franchise in the East of England and to keep Scotland's railways reliable.

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  • Niall Anderson - 15/11/2015 21:28

    Was on this unit on Friday evening and impressed that they are providing a pair of 13A sockets for each group of 4 seats.

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