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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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Government works on resolving MML stock shortage - Minister

Rail Minister Nusrat Ghani says the Government is working with East Midlands Trains on finding a solution to meet the potential shortage in rolling stock on the Midland Main Line from December 31 2019.

She was replying to a Commons Written Question from Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald, who had asked about the situation whereby 12 High Speed Trains are currently unable to operate after December 31 next year due to Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability (PRM-TSI) legislation.

With replacement bi-mode trains not due to enter traffic until 2022, that leaves a hiatus of two years where a shortage of rolling stock must be addressed.

Replying on March 26, Ghani said the final decision for stock lay with Government. She wrote: “The incumbent operator is working with rolling stock companies to develop different solutions to achieve compliance. Once the industry has developed a preferred solution, it will be considered by the Department, but no decisions have yet been taken.”

RAIL revealed that Porterbrook estimates the modification for its nine HSTs would be around £50 million, but that the stock would not be ready in time for the deadline (RAIL 849).

A further three HSTs are owned by Angel Trains. These will also require modifications including slide or plug doors, passenger information systems, and work to make them fully accessible to enable them to operate in the next decade. 

  • To find out about the situation regarding the HSTs, read RAIL 849, out now. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 04/04/2018 00:06

    EMT should also keep the Class 222’s Meridian DEMU’s because they are very reliable long-distance commuter trains that operates between London St. Pancras-Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Kettering, Corby and could also operate between London St. Pancras-Lincoln and also 4/5-Car Class 222’s could replace the Class 159’s on Norwich-Liverpool Lime St/Manchester Piccadilly with the introduction of new Bi-Mode trains that will replace the Class 43 HST’s used on the Midland Main Line.

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