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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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Summer arrival for first TPE ‘802/2s’

The first two of 19 Class 802/2s for TransPennine Express will arrive in the UK for testing in the summer.

Hitachi confirmed the plan on December 19, when it released the first images of the ‘802s’ at Kasado (Japan), where they are being built.

TPE has 19 five-car ‘802/2s’ on order, funded by Angel Trains. They will enter service from December 2019, running between Manchester/Liverpool and Leeds/York/Newcastle and Edinburgh via the East Coast Main Line. The first two sets will be 802201 and 802202.

  • For the full story, see RAIL 843, published on January 3, available on Android/iPad on December 30.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 20/12/2017 10:23

    Good news to hear that TPE Class 802 that is coming as its being built at Hitachi plant in Japan. What about Hull Trains Class 802’s. Any news on HT that have ordered the Class 802’s. Both TPE and HT Class 802’s would start service in 2019 with HT to replace their Class 180 fleets to Grand Central.

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    • Paul Rusling - 06/10/2018 12:01

      They now desperateley need them more than ever, after the unit I was on caught fire in Grantham last night. For the next few days it seems Hull Trains have no stock available at all for the Hull to Kings Cross service. Were once again reduced to the vagarie and discomfort of haging around on Doncaster station for a connection.

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