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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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Driver advisory technology introduced to South West Trains network

A train operator is to introduce new technology to part of its fleet to deliver improvements in punctuality. Beginning in May, South West Trains is to fit the GreenSpeed Driver Advisory System – which is already being used in Denmark - to its Class 158/9, Class 444, Class 450 and Class 458 units. The system is expected to be fully operational in 2016.

GreenSpeed works by collecting real time data from a huge range of sources to calculate the ideal speed of the train to help ensure it arrives exactly on time. It also has the potential to reduce the impact on the environment by lowering energy consumption as well as allowing trains to be run more frequently. 

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 773, published on April 29.

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  • swt driver - 17/04/2015 23:11

    We struggle to keep trains on time when we're allowed to go line speed...

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