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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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Stadler completes 58-strong train order for Greater Anglia

The 58th and final Stadler train for Greater Anglia arrived at Norwich Crown Point on May 7.

Stansted Express 12-car electric multiple unit 745110 completes GA’s order from the Swiss manufacturer, comprising 14 three-car bi-mode units, 24 four-car bi-modes, ten 12-car inter-city EMUs and ten 12-car EMUs for the Stansted route. The final BMU to arrive was 755403, delivered on April 23.

Stadler Class 755s have now taken over all of GA’s rural services, replacing Class 153s, ‘156s’ and ‘170s’ (cascaded to Transport for Wales and East Midlands Railway), while the Class 745s are entering traffic on the Norwich-London Liverpool Street route.

Not all 20 EMUs have yet been accepted for traffic. They started replacing Class 90-hauled Mk 3 sets from January 7, with the final locomotive-hauled trains running at the end of March.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 905, published on May 20, and available digitally now.

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  • Steve - 23/05/2020 08:59

    Why are there only ten Class 745 units when the service requires a minimum of 12?

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