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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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Delayed start for first Crossrail Aventra

Transport for London was unable to confirm an exact date for when the first Class 345 Aventra electric multiple unit for Crossrail would enter traffic.

The £1 billion train fleet is being built by Bombardier at Derby Litchurch Lane, with three trains so far delivered to Ilford for testing and training. TfL documents from March confirmed that the first train due to enter traffic was meant to be 345005 on May 23 (RAIL 826). It was to be used on the Shenfield to London Liverpool Street metros, with 11 in traffic by September.

A TfL spokesman gave no reason for the delay, telling RAIL: “They are still testing. There is no firm idea .”

TfL has 66 nine-car Class 345s on order. The first 15 will be delivered as seven-car trains initially, before being extended to nine-car sets. There is consideration for extending the deal to 70 trains. 

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  • AndrewG1989 - 01/06/2017 01:24

    So it has been delayed. But why has it been delayed? Does that mean for us passengers will have to wait until late June or early July to see these brand new Class 345's Aventra trains to start passenger service as it's to operate the Tfl Rail Liverpool Street-Shenfield service (Elizabeth Line). With the Class 710's Aventra's also to be manufactured and delivered next year for the London Overground to operate on Liverpool St-Cheshunt, Enfield Town and Chingford Lea Valley services, Gospel Oak-Barking line (once electrification is completed), Euston-Watford DC line and Romford-Upminster shuttle service.

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  • FrankH - 01/06/2017 23:17

    With only 3 sets delivered I doubt there are enough drivers trained on them.

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  • Chris - 22/06/2017 11:35

    TFL just tweeted the first one is in service and on its way to Shenfield but no press release yet.

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