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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 of TPE’s new ‘802/2s’ bi-modes enters passenger traffic

TransPennine Express introduced the second of its three new train fleets on September 28, with a Class 802/2 carrying out its first passenger duties.

The Hitachi five-car bi-mode entered traffic on the 0603 Newcastle-Liverpool Lime Street, and 0925 return.

This follows the soft launch in late August of the Class 68/Mk 5A fleet, which currently has two sets in action each day.

TPE’s first bi-mode unit in use was 802201. The operator has 19 five-car sets on order.

Each five-car Class 802/2 has 318 Standard and 24 First Class seats, compared with 167 Standard and 15 First Class on a three-car Class 185. There is storage for four bikes, while there are four Standard and one universal access toilet per set. Each train has power sockets at every pair of seats.


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  • AndrewJG8918 - 02/10/2019 13:50

    About time that the Class 802 Nova 2 IETs should start service. Which will replace the Class 185s on the Liverpool Lime Street/Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria-Leeds/Newcastle/York routes. And to transfer the Class 185s to operate on services to/from Hull Paragon. When will TPE (TransPennine Express) introduce the Class 397 Nova 2. And to replace the Class 350/4s to West Midlands Trains.

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