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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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East-West rolling stock to be decided ‘later’

The type of rolling stock to be used on East-West Rail will be decided at a later stage according to Rail Minister Jo Johnson.

Responding to Layla Moran (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon) written question asking if the government would make it policy to electrify the new railway between Oxford and Cambridge, Johnson also failed to mention whether the trains would be new or cascaded fleets.

Johnson wrote to Moran on September 7: “Passengers will enjoy significant benefits from the programme through the introduction of fast, reliable trains on brand new routes across the corridor, unlocking transformational housing and economic growth, irrespective of the method of train propulsion. Rolling stock type will be a decision to be taken at a later date.”

  • Read RAIL 862 for an update on the EWR project, published on September 26, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 22.

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  • Nova 3 - 11/09/2018 12:19

    The rolling stock that could be perfect for EWR is the Class 185 ''Desiro'' DMU, cascaded from Transpennie Express.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 11/09/2018 22:32

    Class 170 Turbostar or Class 180 or Class 222 Meridian that could be used on the new East-West Rail Line once it opens. Including the Central section between Bedford and Cambridge via Sandy.

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  • FrankH - 11/09/2018 23:14

    electrification was decided against at an early stage for this route

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 14/09/2018 23:45

    DMU Class 170 Turbostars would be better as well Class 230 DEMU to be used on the East West Rail Line. With Class 170s and Class 230s operating on a direct and stopping service between Aylesbury/Oxford-Milton Keynes & Aylesbury/Oxford-Bedford-Cambridge (with some to Norwich and to Ipswich and some to Stansted Airport).

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    • ninjafez - 16/09/2018 11:20

      I'm actually a fan of asking bombardier to retro fit battery on trial for Tallent 3 and see it it can be underslung on various new Aventra classes that are coming in, when their 2019 planned battery only range of 62 miles it can just be topped up with bits of overhead installed in sections where it crosses current electrification. can't be running DMUs forever...

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