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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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29th Class 700 delivered to UK

Ahead of a planned increase in the number of Class 700s in traffic with Govia Thameslink Railway, there are now 29 of the electric multiple units in the UK (from an order of 115).

The latest to arrive was eight-car 700020, which arrived today (September 21), and was delivered to Three Bridges. It follows 700016 (September 14) , 700019 (delivered on September 7), 700015 (August 29) and 700018 (August 24).

The Class 700s are built by Siemens in Krefeld, Germany, and following testing at the Wildenrath test facility are brought to the UK for further testing and commissioning before entering traffic.

Currently GTR has seven duties for the 12-car Class 700/1s, and plans to introduce the eight-car ‘700/0s’ from October (RAIL 809).

There are now 14 Class 700/0s and 15 Class 700/1s in the UK. That makes 292 vehicles, the equivalent of 73 four-car EMUs that they are replacing. In the UK are 700002-008/010/014-016/018-020, 700101-700115. 

  • For more on the Class 700s, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
  • For more on the GTR fleet changes, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 21/09/2016 21:43

    Cant wait for the Class 700/0 8-Car to start service which will soon be used for Luton-Wimbledon, Luton-Sutton, St. Albans City-Sutton, St. Albans City-Three Bridges and Luton-Three Bridges and possibly to be used for Luton-Sevenoaks, Luton-Orpington, St. Albans City-Sevenoaks and St. Albans City-Orpington and other duties as well working alongside Class 700/1 12-Car Bedford-Brighton service.

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