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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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December start for Class 387/1s

Four Class 387/1s have so far completed their mileage accumulation and have been accepted by Govia Thameslink Railway.

They will enter traffic in December, with the new 110mph Electrostars gradually replacing the GTR Class 319s in January. GTR spokesman Roger Perkins told RAIL that “the entire Class 387/1 fleet will be in service for the May 2015 timetable change.”

Currently 387105-387108 are at Brighton Lovers Walk, having completed testing. It is planned to deliver one Class 387 to Brighton each week. They will be based at Lovers Walk depot until they leave GTR.

Each Class 387 must complete 1,500 miles without a defect. There are 29 on order.

  • For more information, see RAIL 763, published on December 10. 

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