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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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First Bombardier Class 701 arrives at Wimbledon depot for training

Training has begun at Wimbledon depot after the first South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra arrived there on June 30.

Ten-car electric multiple unit 701004 is the second to be released by Bombardier for testing on the SWR network, after 701002 was moved to Eastleigh Works for main line testing earlier in June (RAIL 908).

The ‘701’ is the first of 90 that will be based at the depot. It will initially be used for driver and maintenance training and ‘dynamic’ testing which is due to start from August.

SWR confirmed that the ‘701s’ will replace the Class 455, ‘456’, ‘458’ and ‘707’ trains over a two-year period from when the first Aventra enters traffic. Only the ‘707s’ have a confirmed future, with a transfer to Southeastern.

  • To read more on the Class 701s, read RAIL 908, out now.

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  • poopooweewee - 13/08/2020 07:38

    Those trains are ugly

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