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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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May introduction planned for Greater Anglia Class 755s

The first Greater Anglia Class 755 will arrive in the UK towards the end of this month, with the first train entering traffic in mid-May.

The schedule was revealed by Thomas Ahlburg, group chief executive of Stadler, during the train’s launch at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 20.

Meanwhile, GA Managing Director Jamie Burles, speaking at the same event, said that the 1,043-vehicle replacement of GA’s entire existing fleet was the largest private sector fleet replacement in privatisation not funded by Government.

“We are bringing InterCity-class trains on regional routes,” he said. “We have a history of cascades and hand-me-down stock, and this will shoot us up to the top of quality.”

  • 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 - 25/09/2018 13:31

    The first Stadler Bi-mode train is to arrive from Switzerland with the rest that are coming and all of the Class 755 and Class 745 will be in service from mid May next year. With the Class 720 Aventra also to start service next year.

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