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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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Farewell to the Welsh Pacers

Transport for Wales will take delivery of a mixture of existing trains, to enable it to boost capacity and withdraw Pacers by the end of next year.

Five Class 153s and 12 Class 170s will arrive next year from Great Western Railway and Greater Anglia respectively (the ‘153s’ are an interim measure). Up to nine Class 769 Flex and five hybrid Class 230 D-Trains will also be introduced.

Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “These additional trains will be used to relieve crowding, as well as to introduce new services. They will also provide additional cover to enable the rolling programme of upgrades to much of the existing fleet, to ensure it meets the new accessibility standards which come into force at the beginning of 2020. 

“The symbol of underinvestment in Wales, the Pacer fleet, will be removed entirely from the network by the end of 2019.”

  • For in-depth coverage of the new Wales & Borders franchise including interviews, read RAIL 855, published on June 20, and available digitally on Android/iPad from June 16.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 14/06/2018 14:37

    Not forgetting the Class 143’s and Class 144’s used in the North of England that are also to be replaced and withdrawn. With Class 144’s to be transported to Burma.

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