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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 trains for Gatwick Express

Govia Thameslink Railway has signed a £145.2 million order for 108 new custom-built vehicles.

To be built by Bombardier, the new Gatwick Express trains are due to enter service in 2016, replacing the 1980s-built Class 442s that have been operating on the Gatwick Express route since 2008.

The 27 four-car Class 387/2s trains will be specially designed for the rail-air route, with easier boarding, better luggage space, 2+2 seating and WiFi.

  • For more information, see RAIL 762, published on November 26.

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