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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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Greater Anglia to stop using Class 37s from this weekend

Class 37-hauled passenger trains in East Anglia are due to finish on September 21.

Greater Anglia has hired Class 37s and air-conditioned Mk 2s from Direct Rail Services since June 2015, to cover for unavailable diesel multiple units.

The Class 37s replaced ‘47s’ that were supposed to have been used on an ad hoc basis, but had in fact been used regularly since June 2011. The ‘37s’ replaced the ‘47s’ when DRS disposed of the latter.

GA used the ‘37s’ on trains between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft initially on weekdays, before also working on Saturdays.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 20/09/2019 21:35

    Farewell Class 37 Mk3. You did your bit to provide a better rail service in Norfolk. As the Class 755s have started service on Norwich-Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Sheringham and Cambridge with more Class 755s to be introduced in service on other local lines in Suffolk and on the Marks Tey-Sudbury line in Essex.

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  • GWRrailwatch - 10/12/2019 14:00

    Any news on whether a fleet-wide reintroduction of Class 37s and Mk2s to replace the failing Basils is imminent?

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