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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 387/1s enter traffic

Class 387/1s entered traffic with Govia Thameslink Railway today (December 8). 

Two 110mph four-car electric multiple units, 387105 and 387106, have begun their working careers running between Brighton and Bedford.
Built by Bombardier at Derby Litchurch Lane, they are the first of 29 Class 387/1s to enter traffic. 
They worked the 0540 Brighton-Bedford and 0824 return. They are rostered to work the 1107 and 1724 Brighton-Bedford, and the 1440 and 2122 Bedford-Brighton. It is expected that they will be on these duties all week.
Currently 387105-387110 have been accepted following commissioning. Additionally 387101-104/111-113 have also been built. Testing on the West Coast Main Line saw 387112/113 in action.
All should be in traffic by May, and they will release Class 319s for cascading to Northern Rail. 
  • For more information, see RAIL 764, published on December 24.

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