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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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Class 365s to enter traffic with ScotRail "within weeks"

ScotRail confirmed on June 7 that ten Class 365 electric multiple units will enter traffic on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route “in the coming weeks.”

Six are in Scotland for training (see Fleet News), and they will be used as an interim measure until the delayed Hitachi Rail Class 385s EMUs are ready.

They will offer an extra 17,200 seats on the route, and release diesel multiple units for cascading to Northern.

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, said: “The 17,200 extra seats each day, that’s around 800 an hour, ensures a capacity boost between Edinburgh-Glasgow to support our major events in Scotland this summer.” 


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  • AndrewJG8918 - 09/06/2018 13:24

    It’s good to see that Scotrail are hiring the Class 365’s that are to work on Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk line for a short while. Before the Class 385’s starts service from late this year because of window issues.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 11/06/2018 19:02

    Good on ScotRail. Whilst Great Northern are to keep some of their Class 365’s on Peterborough, Cambridge and Kings Lynn stopper and semi-fast services.

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