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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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Cascaded LNER HSTs to plug the gap in East Midlands fleet

The three-year saga over how to replace non-compliant High Speed Trains on East Midlands Railway has been resolved… by using cascaded HSTs.

When then-Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling cancelled the Midland Main Line electrification north of Wellingborough in July 2017, he said that new bi-mode trains would be delivered from 2022.

However, because the MML’s existing HST fleet will not meet accessibility regulations that come into force from January 1 2020, they will have to be withdrawn by the end of this year - leaving a major shortfall in the inter-city fleet.

When Abellio won the East Midlands franchise in April, the Department for Transport said that cascaded HSTs from LNER would be an option.

This has now been confirmed, with six nine-coach HSTs from Angel Trains and three eight-coach sets from Porterbrook set to temporarily join the EMR fleet.

EMR Fleet Director Chris Wright said: “By December 2022, we will have replaced our entire train fleet to provide modern and accessible trains better suited to the routes they operate. That work is already well under way, but it does not happen overnight."

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 892, published on November 20, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 16.

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  • Richard Hall - 08/11/2019 14:48

    I think it should say north of Kettering and Corby not Wellingborough.

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