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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 working on Renatus problems

Twenty-two of the 30 Greater Anglia Class 321/3s to be fitted with new traction equipment and refurbished interiors have been completed. However, GA has confirmed it is discussing “problems encountered with the electric multiple units” with their owner Eversholt Rail Group.

The Renatus project is being carried out by Wabtec Rail, Doncaster (where the interiors are refurbished) and Knorr-Bremse Rail Services at Wolverton Works (where the Vossloh Kiepe traction packages are fitted).

In its September stakeholder newsletter, GA said it had encountered problems with the electrical systems, air conditioning and traction motors on the refurbished ‘321’s.

GA said Eversholt has been working to solve the problems, and that initiatives were underway to cure the issues.

One of the key problems with the trains relates to the electrical supply, which is rendering the plug points inoperable, said GA. Engineers have been brought to Ilford from Germany to assess the issues, and look to make repairs as quickly as possible.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 863, published on October 10, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 6. 

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 01/10/2018 22:43

    Will Greater Anglia keep some of the Class 321 with the rest to be replaced by the Class 720 as Greater Anglia are replacing the entire fleet with new Class 745, Class 755 and Class 720 units that will start service from next year.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 01/10/2018 23:20

    So what is the point in spending £millions on completely refurbishing 30 Class 321 units as part of the Renatus Program. Whilst Greater Anglia are replacing the entire older stocks with brand new stocks which are due to enter passenger service from Spring next year.

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  • Morag Gibbons hi - 10/10/2018 09:19

    My name is morag Gibbons and Iike traveling by train to different places

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  • Arav - 22/06/2019 21:53

    321 was my childhood trains in 2004-present. Please leave a few 321 on the line. I will still be happy to wait 1hr just to get a 321

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