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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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Edinburgh-Glasgow goes fully electric

August 1 was the first day that every passenger train on the Edinburgh-Glasgow route was operated by an electric multiple unit.

This follows the introduction on July 24 of Hitachi Rail Class 385s on the line via Falkirk High (RAIL 858). ScotRail used a mixture of Class 365s, ‘380s’ and ‘385s’ on the line.

“Delivering a fully electric service on our flagship Edinburgh to Glasgow route is another major milestone for Scotland’s railway,” said ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes.

So far only two Class 385s are in traffic, but more are expected in the coming weeks.

  • For the FULL story on the Class 385s finally entering traffic, read RAIL 858, available now. 

 

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 04/08/2018 04:26

    As the Class 365's have been used as a stopgap because of the delivery of some of the Class 385's that have entered service. With more on the way. ScotRail could inherit few more Class 365's and to use them on Alloa, Stirling and Dunblane services and North Berwick service and to work with the Class 385's and Class 380's.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 05/08/2018 07:29

    Class 380’s and Class 334’s could work with the Class 385’s on some routes including Glasgow Queen Street-Edinburgh via Falkirk, Glasgow Queen St-Alloa, Stirling, Dunblane, Edinburgh Waverley-Alloa, Stirling, Dunblane and Edinburgh Waverley-North Berwick. Aswell on suburban lines in Glasgow.

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