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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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Grayling: East Midlands bi-mode testing in 2021

The first bi-mode trains for the new East Midlands franchises are expected to be ready for testing in 2021, according to Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.

So far, no contract has been announced for the trains, which are due in passenger traffic on the Midland Main Line from April 2022. They were first announced by Graying in July 2017, when he cancelled electrification of the route north of Kettering.

Responding to Pauline Latham (Conservative, Mid-Derbyshire) in a House of Commons transport debate on May 2, Grayling said: “I hope and expect the first train to be tested in 2021. I must leave the announcement on the manufacture of the new trains to the operator, but my hon. Friend knows that I have signalled on many occasions since becoming Secretary of State how committed I am to seeing more trains manufactured in the United Kingdom.”

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 23/05/2019 22:54

    CAF, Bombardier or Stadler to build Bi-mode trains for the East Midlands franchise. I think Bombardier should manufacture the Bi-mode Aventra. But I should think it’ll be Stadler to manufacture the Flirt Bi-mode just like the Class 755 Greater Anglia Bi-mode and Bi-mode Flirt for Transport for Wales.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 31/05/2019 12:00

    I think it’ll be Stadler to manufacture the Bi-Mode Flirt (Class 7xx) as 9-Car and 10-Car to replace the Class 222 and Class 43 Mk3 HSTs as they are still manufacturing the Class 755 3-Car and 4-Car Flirt for Greater Anglia and Bi-Mode Flirt for TfW Rail. When the new East Midlands franchise begins in August known as East Midlands Railway. As Abellio have won the contract to take over from Stagecoach East Midlands franchise.

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