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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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Withdrawal of Scottish veteran EMUs relies on stock cascades

Withdrawals of Class 314 electric multiple units is dependent upon the arrival of cascaded stock to replace it, ScotRail confirmed on February 13.

The three-car EMUs date from 1979-80, and are used on suburban trains from Glasgow Central to Newton, Neilston and Paisley Canal as well as on the Cathcart Circle. The veteran EMUs also serve Wemyss Bay.

The introduction of Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385s is intended to release ‘380s’ to be used on these routes instead, alongside the Hitachi-built EMUs when more are delivered. A further five Class 320/4s are also on their way to SR in the near future, allowing Class 318s to also be used on these routes.

The 16 Class 314s (314201-314216) are owned by Angel Trains. They have a maximum speed of 70mph, and the first five are fitted with different traction motors to the remaining 11. 

They are Standard-only trains, and have recently undergone refurbishment. Seven sets (314203/204/208/209/211/212/214) carry Scotland’s Railways livery. They are all based at Glasgow Shields Road, and have always operated in the Strathclyde area. 

An Angel Trains spokesman told RAIL that the ‘314s’ are destined to be sent for scrap as soon as they are withdrawn, although any attempts to save vehicles for preservation will be considered.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 15/02/2018 12:01

    Possibly facing the scrapyard. Guarantee that Class 318’s will remain for few years until ScotRail does decide to get rid of the Class 318’s and to use a mixture of Class 320’s, Class 380’s and Class 385’s to operate on some suburban lines in the Glasgow area.

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