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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).
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HNRC reveals plans for new Worksop site

TfL Rail 345023 is the first of several new-build trains to be stored at Harry Needle Railroad Company’s Worksop facility.

The nine-car Aventra arrived at the site on May 29 from Old Dalby, where it had been undergoing testing. It will be joined by classmates as and when their testing is complete, because Bombardier’s Old Oak Common depot is full. Around half of the 70-strong fleet is stored there awaiting testing in the central section of Crossrail. A second set, nine-car 345056, has since moved to Worksop.

HNRC Managing Director Harry Needle told RAIL on May 30 that since he bought the site from DB earlier this year, more than £100,000 had been spent on new fencing and CCTV, while there is a 24-hour guard dog patrol at the site.

He explained that sidings at the site have been extended, and that a new shed is being constructed that will house a ten-tonne overhead crane and a 50-metre pit.

The ‘345’ storage deal has been signed with Bombardier (which built the trains), and Needle suggested other Aventras could be delivered to the site. He said that HNRC will use a newly installed shore supply to power the trains every four weeks and carry out wheel rotations.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 881, published on June 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle now.

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