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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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VIDEO: Gospel Oak to Barking electrification

Passengers are set to benefit from a major upgrade to the London Overground route between Gospel Oak and Barking, as part of Network Rail's Railway Upgrade Plan. Watch the video below.



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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 02/02/2016 10:28

    The Gospel Oak-Barking line electrification is to be completed by early next year with the Class 710 trains to be using the line once new overhead wires has been installed and erected along the route which there is a challenge for Network Rail because of the bridges that are quite low compare to other bridges that are built higher and is easier to install new overhead wires. Plus stations will have the platforms lengthened to fit a 4 carriage electric train at the station.

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  • Darren Johnson - 02/02/2016 22:26

    Class 710's will not be available until early 2018...

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/02/2016 09:42

      Still a long way off but ok. Guess that Bombardier are still building the Class 387/2/3 EMUs then they be building the Class 345 for Crossrail & Class 710 EMUs for London Overground.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/02/2016 09:43

      Still a long way off but ok. Guess that Bombardier are still building the Class 387/2/3 EMUs then they be building the Class 345 for Crossrail & Class 710 EMUs for London Overground.

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