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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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250 staff to be employed at new £80m Doncaster depot

Hitachi Rail Europe’s Doncaster depot will employ 250 people, the company has confirmed.

A new team is being hired to maintain two fleets that will be based at the £80 million South Yorkshire facility, which has been constructed on the site of the former Doncaster Carr locomotive depot.

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) has so far recruited 60 staff members for the depot, and says the next round of recruitment is under way. It aims to recruit local engineers with experience in mechanical and/or electrical work. Apprentices are also wanted, ready to start this September.

Sixty-five Virgin Trains East Coast Class 800/801 Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and 19 TransPennine Express Class 802 AT300 trains will be based at the depot.

Currently the site is home to two five-car VTEC Class 801s built by HRE and which are soon to begin testing on the East Coast Main Line. The site is also used for testing and commissioning IEP trains released from Newton Aycliffe prior to entering traffic.

Geoff Elliott, General Manager for East Coast maintenance, said: “Doncaster is the perfect location for bringing new talent and skills into the rail industry. The local area has a strong legacy of technical and engineering jobs, and our depot investment looks set to cement this reputation.”

The depot’s total size is 11,000m2. Its main shed has five roads, and up to 24 five-car trains can be stabled at the depot. There is also a wheel lathe and separate train wash facility at the site.

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  • AndrewG1989 - 10/04/2017 23:01

    The new Doncaster Carr "Hitachi" depot will create hundreds of new jobs once the Class 800's, Class 801's and Class 802's AT300's IET's are in service once manufactured and delivered on time from its manufacturing plant in County Durham.

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