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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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Class 37 passenger haulage finally ends in Anglia

175 years of timetabled locomotive haulage on the Wherry Lines came to an end on September 21, with the final Class 37-hauled passenger train for Greater Anglia.

The introduction of Stadler Class 755 bi-modes means GA no longer needs the ‘37’-hauled short set that it has hired from Direct Rail Services since June 2015.

It also means that 58 years and nine months after they were first introduced, Class 37s no longer operate scheduled passenger service trains in England.

The final train was the 2017 Great Yarmouth-Norwich, powered by 37409 Lord Hinton and 37424 Avro Vulcan XH558. Plans to use them on the 2140/2300 Norwich-Great Yarmouth and 2217/2334 were shelved owing to 37409’s low fuel.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.


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  • AndrewJG8918 - 30/09/2019 04:18

    I’m saddened that the Class 37s have reached its end in East Anglia. :’(

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