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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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DfT plans competition for repurposed Pacers

Rail Minister Andrew Jones will launch a competition this summer to find new uses for Northern Rail’s Class 142 and '144' fleets.

Some of the British Rail diesel multiple units will be donated by their leasing companies, with Porterbrook the first to release a unit, and community groups will be given the chance to put forward their plans to convert redundant vehicles into new public spaces. Initial suggestions include turning them into community spaces, cafes or new village halls.

Announcing the competition, Jones said: “The Pacers have been the workhorses of the North’s rail network, connecting communities for more than 30 years, but it is clear that they have outstayed their welcome.

“That is why they are being phased out completely to make way for new or fully refurbished trains, improving journeys and creating space for 40,000 more passengers.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 880, published on June 5, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from June 1.

     

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  • Clive Broadhead - 30/05/2019 09:22

    Why not donate the redundant Pacer units to the various heritage railways to support out of season journeys and as transport for volunteers doing routine maintence work?

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 31/05/2019 11:57

    Better than scrapping them at a scrapyard in Rotherham or at Newport. But wonderful news.

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  • roy burnley - 09/06/2019 12:45

    Usem as crew and tool trains for network rail. Fire trains for line side fires in dry weather.

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