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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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Prototype D-Train almost ready for main line testing

The prototype D-Train runs as a three-car unit at Long Marston on May 25. VIVARAIL.

Vivarail’s prototype Class 230 D-Train is now running as a three-car unit. Both driving cars are fully powered and the four gensets are running successfully. Apart from interior fit-out of the trailer car, the rest of the train is complete.

Currently, the prototype is the only train that will be built until an order is placed for operational units.

“We continue in discussions with London Midland and are ready to start building new trains for them as and when an order is placed,” Vivarail spokesman Alice Gillman told RAIL.

  • For much more on the D-Trains, read RAIL 803, published on June 22.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 09/06/2016 20:59

    If London Midland are having to use some of the Class 230's. What about other train operators such as GTR Southern, Abellio Greater Anglia and Great Western Railway that are bidding to have the Class 230's. Be good if Abellio GA could get some Class 230's to be used on the Ipswich-Lowestoft, Ipswich-Felixstowe, Norwich-Cromer-Sheringham, Norwich-Great Yarmouth, Norwich-Lowestoft, Norwich-Peterborough via Ely, Norwich-Cambridge, Ipswich-Cambridge, Ipswich-Peterborough via Ely and Marks Tey-Sudbury lines in East Anglia to replace the Class 153's and Class 156's for East Midlands Trains or Great Western Railway and Class 170's for East Midlands Trains, Great Western Railway or GTR Southern (Class 171's).

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  • Alex - 10/06/2016 09:10

    I think the 230s should be used by Arriva Trains Wales or the new franchise company on Welsh & borders 2018 on the Bidston - Wrexham Line 30min service.

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  • BigTone - 13/06/2016 15:05

    EMT could use them, Matlock to Derby has close spaced stations. As has Nottingham to Lincoln (In the latter's case, 11 intermediate stations in 33 miles)

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