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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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First D78 at Long Marston for DEMU conversion

The first D78 London Underground D-Stock train to be withdrawn from service has arrived at Vivarail’s Long Marston base, ready for conversion to a D-train.

The vehicles were transported to the site by road, which Vivarail Chairman Adrian Shooter told RAIL was “a lot simpler and cheaper than hauling them by rail”.

Three of the four vehicles delivered are being weighed and checked carefully before work begins on stripping them down. Said Shooter: “They will then have all the old electrical equipment under the floor removed as we prepare to start building them up.”

The fourth vehicle is due to arrive at a studio at Leamington Spa imminently. There, Vivarail’s partner Creactive will fit it out with “several different types of seating and other features so that potential buyers can bring passengers along to express an opinion”. Creactive owner Neil Bates is a director of Vivarail.

For more on this story, see RAIL 767, on sale February 4.



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  • keir james faulkner - 07/02/2015 16:49

    does this mean we will have to sit sideways in future, it is just more castoff rap from the south heading this way

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