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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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Could more EMUs run at 110mph?

Siemens has called the 110mph operation of London Midland Class 350/1s a “game-changer”.

The operator suggested that Network Rail is keen on the faster trains because it actually lessens the impact on the overhead line equipment (OLE), and suggested to RAIL that this opens possibilities for more fleets to be modified.

New pantographs manufactured by Bracknell Willis have been fitted to 350101-350130. The train builder says that this is now the bespoke component for all future electric multiple units.

  • For more information, see RAIL 761, published on November 12. And read an in-depth feature on Project110, which was successful at RAIL’s 2014 National Rail Awards, in RAIL 764, published on December 24.


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