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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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Atlas 200 ETCS to be fitted into GTR Class 365

GTR 365525 at Ely on June 19 2014. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Signalling Solutions Ltd and Eversholt Rail Group have signed a contract to design and install Alstom’s Atlas 200 European Train Control System (ETCS) into a Govia Thameslink Railway Class 365.

A ‘365’ has been chosen because the fleet works on the East Coast Main Line, which will be the first route to be fitted with ETCS Level 2 with no lineside signals. Works for that are due to be completed by 2020.

The ‘365’ will be a prototype for the system design and integration, which will be rolled out at a later date across the full fleet. The equipment will be fitted at Alstom’s Wembley Traincare Centre. The design process begins soon, with fitting, integration and reliability testing planned for 2017, before the conversion of more ‘365s’.

The Atlas system has been deployed successfully for trackside and on-board projects across Europe and Asia/Pacific countries. It has completed more than 125 million miles commercial operation in Level 2. 

  • For more on this, read RAIL 789, published on December 9.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 28/11/2015 01:53

    Just before the Class 365's are to be cascaded to Great Western Railway from next year.

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