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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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New maintenance depot planned at Exeter

Plans for a new rail depot at Exeter have been submitted today (February 24) by Network Rail on behalf of Great Western Railway.

If approved, construction on the facility would begin in spring 2018, and would be finished in mid-2019. The operator says the depot is needed to accommodate an increase in fleet size in the region.

GWR Regional Development Manager West Dan Okey said: “With brand new electric trains coming to suburban London services and bi-mode Intercity Express Trains on the main line in Devon and Cornwall, this will allow us to move part of our existing regional fleet to Exeter - providing more carriages, and more frequent services to the area.”

The new depot is situated alongside existing facilities next to Exeter St Davids station, and will provide enhanced modern servicing, cleaning and maintenance facilities necessary to support these trains. The plans include office and welfare facilities for staff.

 

 

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  • Robert Wakeham - 03/03/2017 12:43

    This reinforcement of Exeter as the base for the local train fleet makes it all the more urgent to re-establish a second rail link westwards, to prevent the isolation and reduce the disruption when the coastal route is severed by storms. And what's the future for the derelict but fairly modern train depot just outside Bristol Temple Meads?

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  • Phil Pullen - 16/03/2017 19:22

    Does this mean that Laira Depot will be downgraded?

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