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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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Hull Trains drivers begin training on new ‘802s’

Hull Trains has begun training its drivers on Class 802s, ahead of introducing its own fleet later this year.

Using a TransPennine Express ‘802/2’, the open access operator is running between Hull and Peterborough with an initial 18 drivers learning the new trains. Training is expected to finish in late November, by which point HT will have introduced the first of its new trains into traffic.

Each driver has completed 30 hours in the classroom, six hours on a simulator, and three days on a static train. The next part of the training involves 20 hours on the TPE set.

The first HT Class 802/3 bi-modes are due in the UK in early September, with initial tests carried out by Hitachi before training begins. All five on order will be in traffic by the end of the year, allowing HT to withdraw its four Class 180s and two High Speed Trains.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 23/08/2019 00:12

    The four Class 180s are due to be cascaded to East Midlands Railway with 10 Class 180s that could also be cascaded to East Midlands Railway as Grand Central might replace them with the Class 43 HST Mk3.

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    • Manus Mac Gearailt - 25/08/2019 16:15

      I thought Grand Central had just handed over the last of it's HSTs to East Midlands Trains, so now they're an all class 180 fleet? perhaps it would be smarter to give the HSTs to Scotrail, and the class 180s to Grand Central allowing them to increase their service pattern without the need to retrain the drivers, as would be the case if the 180s were given to EMR?

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