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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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Porterbrook buys 80 Class 387 vehicles

Porterbrook has purchased 80 class 387 Electrostar vehicles from Bombardier. The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Derby Litchurch Lane and delivery will start in October 2016, with full delivery to be taken ahead of June 2017.

A number of parties have already expressed an interest in leasing this new fleet, notably Rail for London but also established operators and prospective bidders of upcoming franchises.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 787, published on November 11.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 02/11/2015 19:11

    With Class 387/3's Electrostars to be built as well. Hopefully Bombardier can finish of building the 27 Class 387/2's Electrostar for Gatwick Express and 8 Class 387/3's Electrostar for Great Western Railway by 2017 with Crossrail's Class 345's Aventra also to be built by 2018 in time for Crossrail to operate a full service from 2019. With Class 710 Aventra trains to be built as well for London Overground in 2017/2018 for Lea Valley, Gospel Oak and Romford-Upminster lines.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 03/11/2015 20:59

      And Bombardier to finish off building 80 S7 Stocks for the District Line which should be completed next year.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 03/11/2015 20:59

      And Bombardier to finish off building 80 S7 Stocks for the District Line which should be completed next year.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 03/11/2015 20:59

    And Bombardier to finish off building 80 S7 Stocks for the District Line which should be completed next year.

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