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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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Greater Anglia fits wheel slide protection to ‘153s’

Greater Anglia’s five Class 153 diesel multiple units have been fitted with Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) - the first time any of the single-car trains have been fitted with the equipment.

This follows GA’s decision to fit its nine Class 156s with the same equipment, a move which was highly commended at RAIL’s National Rail Awards this year.

It is designed to help combat leaf fall problems.

The work was carried out in partnership between Porterbrook (which owns the trains), SNC-Lavalin, KnorrBremse Rail Services and Loram UK.



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  • AndrewJG8918 - 12/12/2018 12:15

    I still don’t get it why Greater Anglia are spending more money on upgrading their ageing trains which are to be replaced by new trains in the next year and beyond.

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