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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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Caledonian Sleeper completes Mk 5 roll-out

Caledonian Sleeper finally introduced its CAF Mk 5 coaches on the ‘Highlander’ service on October 10/11.

The northbound train on October 9, from London Euston to Aberdeen/Inverness was formed of Mk 5s, while the southbound was the old order of Mk 2/Mk 3. On October 10, the northbound was also new stock, as was the southbound.

They did not serve Fort William until October 14 because the West Highland Line was shut for engineering work.

“Our new trains have been years in the making and to see them complete their introduction to service is extremely exciting for everyone involved,” said CS Managing Director Ryan Flaherty.

“We have worked really hard to learn lessons from introduction of the trains on the ‘Lowlander’ route earlier this year.  We are now confident that all passengers can rely on the Caledonian Sleeper to provide the journey of a night time.” For the

  • FULL story, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.


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