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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’s Mk 5s delayed until Spring 2019

The planned introduction of Caledonian Sleeper’s CAF-built Mk 5s has been delayed from this month to next Spring.

The Spanish-built stock had been due to enter service on October 28 on the London Euston-Edinburgh/Glasgow Central ‘Lowlander’ route.
However, CS Managing Director Ryan Flaherty said on October 1 that that would not happen. He said: “With five different accommodation types, as well as on board catering, dining and shower facilities, this is the most complex introduction of new rolling stock ever undertaken in the UK, and we are determined to get it right.”

The operator claims the stock will be in traffic on both its Lowlander and Highlander routes by the end of May 2019.

It is still planned that the Central Belt service will be introduced first, quickly followed by the trains to Aberdeen, Fort William and Inverness.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 863, published on October 10, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 6.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 01/10/2018 22:58

    Must be some technical issues or is it the problem with the Bogies.

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