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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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Designs confirmed for GA’s new Stadler trains

An artist's impression of a Greater Anglia Stadler 12-car train. GREATER ANGLIA.

The design for the new Stadler trains for Greater Anglia has been finalised, following consultation with more than 1,000 people.

It was ‘locked down’ at the end of June after stakeholders visited mock-ups of the interior at Norwich Crown Point (RAIL 829). The interior featured designs for the main line, regional and Stansted Express trains being built in Switzerland, and which enter traffic in 2019.

GA said “constructive suggestions” were made regarding aspects of seating, signage and labelling, as well as the marking out of the cycle area.

Meanwhile, an online public consultation into the Bombardier-built Aventras, which will be used on commuter operations, has generated comments regarding seat design, provision of seat back tables, seat alignment to windows, and signage around areas with tip-up seats or cycle areas. All will help to shape the final design, which will be signed off in November.

GA Franchise and Programmes Director Mike Kean said: “Our priority for the new trains was to involve the public and stakeholders fully in the design process, and we are pleased that this extensive consultation process has resulted in so much useful feedback which will inform and shape the final design.”
GA is spending £1.4 billion on 169 trains that will deliver 1,043 new vehicles, enabling the operator to replace every existing vehicle in its fleet.

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  • Simon Eames1990 - 10/07/2017 22:53

    The stadler EMUs maximum speed should be at least 110 mph.

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  • mrs corby - 11/07/2017 11:08

    hope new train will accommodate wheelchair users and have a disabled toilet/baby changing facility.

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  • tom slade - 03/12/2017 02:02

    I hope these trains will carry the names of city's and county's and names of historic people and hero's from the GA area like the older trains

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