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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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Refurbished Class 319s with GTR

Refurbished Class 319s with modified interiors that meet the Passengers of Reduced Mobility – Technical Specification for Interoperability (PRM-TSI) deadlines for January 1 2020 deadline are in traffic with Govia Thameslink Railway.

Two trains, 319005 and 319006, have so far been treated. They are the first of 80 to be treated. The work is being carried out by Knorr-Bremse at Wolverton Works.

The modifications include fitting wheelchair-friendly toilets, additional wheelchair spaces, new sounders for both the opening and closing of doors and new onboard electronic information screens and automated public address announcements (these are set to go live shortly).

  • For more information, see RAIL 764 published on December 24.

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