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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 new trains for Greater Anglia due this autumn

Class 755 bi-mode vehicles under construction in Bussnang, Switzerland. GREATER ANGLIA.

The first Stadler bi-mode FLIRT trains for Greater Anglia should be ready for testing in March. The first unit will then arrive in the UK this autumn, and is expected to enter traffic in May 2019.

Stadler is building 14 three-car and 24 four-car FLIRTS in Bussnang (Switzerland), and 20 12-car Class 745 electric multiple units.

No routes have been confirmed for their introduction, but eventually they will be used on Norwich-Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft/Sheringham branches, and Lowestoft-Ipswich, Ipswich-Cambridge/Peterborough routes. The Norwich-Cambridge service will be extended to Stansted Airport, and Lowestoft-Ipswich trains will be boosted by four through trains to London Liverpool Street.

GA Managing Director Jamie Burles said: “We’re very excited about our new trains. When you see photos like this, it’s possible to imagine what an amazing change to our customers’ journeys these brand new trains will make. There will be more seats. Everyone will be able to plug in their mobile phones or laptops, with fast free WiFi on every train."

  • For the full story, read RAIL 846, published on February 14, and available digitally on iPad and Android from February 10.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 07/02/2018 23:44

    Can’t wait. The Aventra Class 720 and Class 745 Flirt EMU’s will enter service from summer next year.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 09/02/2018 15:11

    New trains for East Anglia is what the people of the Eastern Region who use Greater Anglia wants to see. Instead of keeping old ageing trains that constantly breaks down time after time and disrupting services and causing endless delays. This is why I can’t wait to see from Autumn this year and next year.

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