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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 Merseyrail trains part of London-style integrated transport plan

New Class 777 electric multiple units form a key part of Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s plans for a London-style integrated transport system.

Speaking at the official launch of the first four-car electric multiple unit at Kirkdale depot on January 28, Rotheram said: “I’m delighted to welcome the first of our new trains - owned by us the public - to the Liverpool City Region. These trains are the most accessible anywhere in the country and they will help make our rail network fit for the 21st century.”

The Stadler EMU had been delivered to Merseyside earlier in the month (RAIL 897) and will begin dynamic testing on the Mersey network in the coming weeks.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 898, published on February 12, and available digitally from February 8.

  • For an EXCLUSIVE interview about plans for the Class 777s, read RAIL 897, out now.

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  • Martyn - 09/02/2020 10:54

    Pity they still haven’t got the London style fare payments. I massive deterrent really

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