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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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LNER confirms dates for Azuma introduction onto Highland services

Azumas will run to the Highlands from November 25, when nine-car Class 800/1 bi-modes enter traffic between London King’s Cross and Aberdeen.

Two weeks later, on December 9, the Hitachi ‘800s’ will start serving Inverness on trains to and from London. Both routes are currently operated by High Speed Trains.

The announcement was made on September 23, the day Azumas replaced Class 91s on LNER trains between London King’s Cross and Glasgow Central.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.

  • For the FULL story on the introduction of Class 801/1s, read RAIL 888, published on September 25, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle now.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 25/09/2019 03:27

    I am hoping that LNER will start introducing the Class 801 Azuma EMU IETs before Christmas. But yes Class 800 Azumas are scheduled to reach into the Scottish Highlands. Which is wonderful news.

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  • leo knight - 25/09/2019 07:42

    What with rock hard seats and downgraded first class!

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  • Tinkerpuss - 06/12/2019 13:54

    And since when was the Granite City in the Highlands !!! Grampians maybe but really ... Inverness is the Capital of the Highlands - Aberdeen is a mere grey afterthought ;-)

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  • WarrenBaria - 22/04/2020 02:40

    Hi, here on the forum guys advised a cool Dating site, be sure to register - you will not REGRET it

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