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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 Great Western Railway IET serves Devon

Intercity Express Trains began serving Devon on July 28, when nine-car 800309 arrived at Paignton with the 0818 from London Paddington.

It was the first time a Great Western Railway IET, built by Hitachi, had carried passengers in the county. The trains have been running to Devon and Cornwall on crew training.

GWR Transformation Director Richard Rowland said: “This Intercity Express Train running to Paignton is a key milestone in the delivery of the new fleet across our network.

“From later this summer, our customers in Devon and Cornwall will see more of these new trains when we introduce our Class 802s, which were specifically built to deal with the steep gradients on route to Penzance.”

MP for Torbay Kevin Foster, said: “The arrival of GWR’s new Intercity Express Trains into our bay is a great moment not just for the passengers who will use them, but our region as a whole as these trains speed to the south west for the first time. These sleek new trains will replace the current fleet built in the 1970’s, improving journey times, comfort and reliability.”

Dawlish councillor Rosalind Prowse said: “This is welcome news. I am aware of the importance of railway and without it the economy of the South West would suffer. With the large amount of development in Devon and Cornwall it is necessary to have an updated service carrying us forward into the 21st century.”

Chief Executive of the South West Business Council Dr Robin Daniels said:

“This is testament to GWR's support for the economy and the travelling public of the UK. Fast and efficient travel is key to building our economy and this important development is yet another indication that the South West is very much open for business.”

  • For the latest on the Class 802 introduction, read RAIL 859, published on August 15, and available digitally on Android/iPad from August 11.

 

 

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 01/08/2018 01:46

    GWR's Class 802's have also started service and will also be operated on the Cornish Main Line. Which means GWR should start thinking of getting rid of their 40 year old Class 43 HST's that once served the Great Western railway since they first came into service in the 1970's.

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    • DESMOND - 19/11/2018 19:38

      Hello my name is Desmond and I was wondering if you could very kindly help me out please...,I moved to Devon last year and I want to get into train spotting and was wondering if you could tell me please what type of trains run through there, and what type of book would be best to get started on.....thank you very much for your time and kindness..yours sincerely Mr Desmond Townsend..ps I look forward to hearing from you soon..my email address is [email protected]

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