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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 unveils accessibility features for new Class 720s

Greater Anglia has revealed the accessibility features on its Class 720 fleet, as testing continues of the first electric multiple units.

More than 50 five-car sets have been built, but only four have been delivered to Ilford (720506/509/511/515), with one returning to the Midlands for warm storage (720506).

The accessible features include two wheelchair spaces and 48 priority seats on a five-car Class 720/5, while a ten-car Class 720/1 will have three wheelchair spaces and 106 priority seats.

Rail Delivery Group Accessibility and Inclusion Manager Dominic Lund-Conlon added: “With toilets on every train, power sockets and improved accessibility for customers living with sight loss and blindness, the trains will be a huge improvement for customers in the east of England.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 907, published on June 17, and available digitally from June 13.

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  • jim - 31/05/2020 16:43

    Trains have no room for luggage . Travelled on the Stanstead Norwich route. No place for large bags unusual for train from airport.

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