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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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Azumas start serving Lincoln

Azumas started serving Lincoln on October 21 as LNER increased the number of trains operated by the Hitachi Class 800/801 fleets.

Five-car bi-mode 800203 was used for the first train, which left the city at 1118 following the launch event.

The introduction of Azumas means LNER will run six trains per day between London King’s Cross and Lincoln by the end of the year; this is up from one per day. These will replace the London-Newark North Gate services.

Suzanne Donnelly, LNER Commercial Director said: “We’re thrilled that Lincoln is the first destination along our route to benefit from additional services with our new Azuma fleet.

“We are confident that our Azuma trains will open up huge economic benefits for the city and wider area."

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 891, published on November 6, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 2.


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