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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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UPDATED: HST power cars due off-lease

HST power cars to go off-lease

East Midlands Trains:    43043-050/052/054/055/058-061/064/066/073/075/076/081-083/089, 43423/465/467/468/480/484

Great Western Railway:       43002/004/009/010/017/018/020/022/023/025/027/029/053/056/063/069-071/078/079/086-088/091, 43156/159-162/165/171/172/174/180/185/190-193/195-197

Virgin Trains: 43206/208/238/239/251/257/272/274/277, 43290/295/296/299, 43300/302/305-320/367.

HST power cars to stay in passenger traffic (confirmed)

CrossCountry to retain: 43207/285, 43301/303/304/321/357/366/378/384

GWR to retain: 43005/016/024/040-042/092-094/097/098, 43122/153-155/158/170/186-189/192/194/198.

ScotRail to retain: 43003/012/015/021/026/028/030-037, 43124-152/163/164/168/169/175-177/179/181-183.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 28/03/2018 22:07

    Network Rail has 1 Class 43 HST trainset which they use it as a "New Measurement Train". Which consists of 2 powercars and 5 Mk3 coaches.

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    • Ed Grabham - 06/04/2019 23:23

      We want to by a 43, runner or non runner, my son wants one. how Much do you reckon they’d be?

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