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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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Sheffield tram-train arrives

399201 at Nunnery Depot, Sheffield. MIKE HADDON.

The UK’s tram-train trial project moved a step forward on December 1, with the unloading of the first of seven Vossloh Class 399 vehicles at Stagecoach Supertram’s Nunnery Depot in Sheffield.

Numbered 399201, the Vossloh-built train is slowly manoeuvred within the depot confines by out of sight Tram 105. 

  • For much more on the project, including an in-depth feature, read RAIL 789, published on December 9.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/12/2015 09:05

    The classification is 399201-399207 and will be using the heavy rail to Rotherham and to use the current tram tracks as it heads to Sheffield.

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