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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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GWR to build new facility at Exeter

A new depot at Exeter will open in early summer next year.

Great Western Railway’s new facility will be constructed on the site of the exiting depot. It will house GWR’s expanded diesel multiple unit fleet for the Devon and Cornwall area, while short-formed High Speed Trains and Intercity Express Trains will also use the facility.

It will have improved servicing, cleaning and maintenance capabilities, while office and welfare facilities will also be enhanced. Hochtief (UK) will carry out the work.

GWR is due to cascade Class 150/2s and ‘158s’ from the Bristol area to Exeter, to release Class 143 and ‘150/1s’, while ‘153s’ will move to Cornwall. Four-coach HSTs and IETs will also serve the area, as GWR plans a 52% capacity increase. 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 23/01/2018 07:57

    Good news for Exeter and for Devon and Cornwall. Aswell as Class 802’s that will be deployed to operate on the Cornish Main Line will be maintained and based at the new Depot once it’s been completed. Well done Great Western Railway. I hope that they can provide better services with extra trains being used on all services across the network. Not to mention the Class 142’s and Class 143’s that is to be replaced in few years with new trains coming in.

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  • FrankH - 23/01/2018 14:28

    What are the 4 coach HST's going to be used on? A fast shuttle to where?

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 24/01/2018 05:39

    And new jobs created aswell at the new depot. Well done GWR.

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