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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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More ‘700s’ arrive, while testing continues

GTR 700109 at East Croydon on May 24. RICHARD CLINNICK.

There are now 16 Siemens Class 700s in the UK, after 12-car 700104 was delivered to Three Bridges depot in the early hours of June 1.

The dual-voltage electric multiple units are due to enter traffic imminently, although at the launch for the trains on May 24, Govia Thameslink Railway could not give a firm date (RAIL 802). 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 803, published on June 22.
  • For more on the Class 700 launch, read RAIL 802, published on June 8.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 06/06/2016 00:34

    So is there any chance of the Class 700 12-car trains are due to operate on passenger use on the Thameslink route in June/July or is it to start service by mid December.

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