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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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More EMUs for Northern

An extra eight Class 319/3s will be in traffic with Northern Rail on a daily basis from May 17, rising from the initial two that began running in February.

The four-car electric multiple units will be used on the newly electrified route between Manchester Victoria and Wigan North Western, meaning the majority of trains between Liverpool, Wigan and Manchester will be electric.

  • For more information, see RAIL 775 published on May 27 2015

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  • Andrew Gwilt - 15/05/2015 11:50

    Sounds like Thameslink are going to get rid most of the Class 319's to Northern Rail but keep some Class 319's until the new Class 700 8-car & 12-car Desiro City fleet is built & to be in service from next year-onwards.

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  • John G. Webster - 09/06/2015 11:29

    Your article on 319 deployment seems to infer that they are being used between Manchester Victoria & Wigan. This is not true and will not be until Manchester to Preston via Bolton is wired and when the Westhoughton route is wired also!

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