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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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VIDEO: Southeastern ‘spring cleans’ its trains

Southeastern has undertaken heavy duty cleaning of its trains as part of a £5.7 million improvement project.

The project involves 339 trains having their lighting, seating and toilets spruced up at three depots (Gillingham, Ramsgate and Slade Green). The ‘spring clean’ is part of Southeastern’s scheme to improve its trains and stations by October 2016.

Southeastern has also started repainting and repairing 166 stations across the country, including Pluckley, Longfield and Meopham.

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  • Andrew Gwilt - 03/05/2015 01:27

    Southeastern's Class 465 and Class 466's Networkers do need a lot of refurbishment along with Southeastern's Class 375's and Class 376's Electrostars. Southeastern is a good train operator that has both Electrostars and Networkers working alongside services such as Inner-Suburban, Outer-Suburban, Semi-Fast and Direct services between London and Kent & East Sussex with Southeastern Highspeed services that is served with Class 395 Javelin trains since they first started operating domestic services from St. Pancras International to Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone and North Kent.

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  • MikeP - 04/05/2015 09:24

    That'll be Longfield. Unless SouthEastern are now running trains in RoI, or have secretly reopened a station on the Coventry - Nuneaton line :-)

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