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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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Faster trains for the north?

Northern 142028. LES NIXON.

Trains running at their full potential via infrastructure upgrades and full devolution by the end of the recently-awarded Northern and TransPennine Express franchises are the aims of Rail North.

“Many of the new trains are capable of 125mph. Much of the track they currently run on is suitable for 90mph at the most, but if we can improve the linespeed we can get more of the rolling stock and we can make savings in how that’s delivered,” said Rail North director David Hoggarth.

  • For much more on this, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.
  • For more on Northern devolutn, read RAIL 810, published on September 28.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 20/09/2016 10:05

    That's why Northern England wants to get brand new trains so that it can keep on track with the rest of the UK and the Trans-Pennine routes that is a vital route between cities in the Northwest and Northeast linking Carlisle, Blackpool, Wigan, Manchester & Liverpool with Leeds, York, Hull, Sheffield, Lincoln, Scarborough and Newcastle will benefit better services and better newer trains for longer distances.

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    • Boris - 21/09/2016 23:27

      What do you mean, Northern England "wants to get" new trains?

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/09/2016 01:22

        Because the pacer trains are due to be scrapped with CAF to build the new Class 195's and Class 331's.

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  • FrankH - 27/10/2016 21:26

    CAF are also to build 12 x 5 car emu's (class 397) to replace the 10 x 350/4 Desiros which are on the scottish services. If and when liverpool to scotland services kick in there won't be enough units to cover services.

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    • FrankH - 27/10/2016 21:29

      “Many of the new trains are capable of 125mph", so far only the class 397's I've mentioned.

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