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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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ScotRail puts on extra trains to cover for Forth Road Bridge closure

ScotRail is running additional trains to carry passengers affected by the closure of the Forth Road Bridge.

However, some routes are having a reduced or cancelled service to enable rolling stock to be deployed elsewhere.

Locomotive-hauled trains are also being deployed, including additional Class 68-hauled trains.

ScotRail said the alterations began today (December 7) and will last until the Road Bridge re-opens.

Additional trains southbound are:

  • Inverkeithing-Haymarket: 0708, 0840, 0931, 1249, 1602, 1649, 1729, 1906
  • Cowdenbeath-Dunfermline Town-Inverkeithing-Haymarket: 0750, 1504
  • Dunfermline Town-Inverkeithing-Haymarket: 1000, 1046, 1200, 1402, 1839
  • Cowdenbeath-Dunfermline Town-Haymarket: 1335
  • Cowdenbeath-Inverkeithing-Edinburgh: 1707
  • Cowdenbeath-Inverkeithing-Haymarket: 1739
  • Cowdenbeath-Kirkcaldy-Burntisland-Aberdour-Dalgety Bay-Inverkeithing-Haymarket: 1739

Additional trains northbound are:

  • Haymarket-Inverkeithing: 0746, 0854, 1211, 1450, 1617, 1641, 1653
  • Haymarket-Inverkeithing-Dunfermline Town: 0918, 1012, 1047, 1121, 1320, 1809
  • Haymarket-Dunfermline Town-Cowdenbeath: 1249
  • Haymarket-Inverkeithing, Dunfermline Town-Cowdenbeath: 1418

ScotRail has cancelled all trains between Falkirk Grahamston and Glasgow Queen Street via Cumbernauld. One train per day in each direction between Glasgow and Kirkcaldy/Markinch has been cancelled, as have two trains between Glasgow and Dundee.

There is a reduced service between Anniesland to Glasgow Queen Street High Level, as well as minor timing changes and amended calling patterns on Dundee-Edinburgh and Edinburgh-Glenrothes trains. 



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  • Ben H - 07/12/2015 12:44

    Edinburgh has surplus tramcars and there could be spare articulated 'Metro' buses, withdrawn from Swansea (London's too?). Together, these could replace trains on the south side of the Firth of Forth so that the train carriages can be concentrated between Dalmeny station and Fife. Dalmeny station has the capability for trains to switch tracks. (if a Workington North-style station with turnbacks is built at Gogar, there would be no need for shuttle buses from Dalmeny) Passengers would park at a station on the Fife Circle, take the train across the Firth to Dalmeny, transfer to a bus to Gogarburn, and take the tram into Edinburgh. Curtail all trains between Dalmeny and Edinburgh to concentrate the carriages on the Forth Rail Bridge and Fife Circle. Operate spare articulated buses between Dalmeny station and Gogarburn tram stop, with a clockwise loop at Dalmeny, by connecting a lane called The Glebe, with the car parks that extend south from Dalmeny station. Use the spare tramcars to increase the frequency of the tram service to Edinburgh.

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  • John Wilkins - 07/12/2015 16:42

    Road bridge opened 1964, has structure problems so is closed, Rail bridge opened 1890, taking extra trains. Perhaps the Victorians knew a thing or too !

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  • Ben H - 08/12/2015 20:25

    Besides substituting of trains with buses and trams between Dalmeny and Edinburgh, the ex-London Midland Class 321s could be used in 12-car formation to enable non-stop electric Glasgow Central-Edinburgh via Carstairs services. This would substitute for Glasgow Queen St-Edinburgh via Falkirk High expresses, which could be cancelled to release Class 170s for Fife.

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  • Chris Hazlehurst - 10/12/2015 00:36

    The Scottish Railway Preservation Society have their 9/10 coach excursion slam door set plus plated Class 37`s. Surely these could be used as a shuttle across the Firth - maybe Burnisland to Newcraighall. 400 seats plus standees. 60 or 90 minute headways. Would need a Pilotman and a Guard. Worth a try?

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  • Martin W - 15/12/2015 21:06

    Anyone know which are loco hauled??

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