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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 Northern's Chester-Leeds route

CAF Class 195 diesel multiple units will be introduced onto Chester-Leeds Northern Connect routes from October 21, during the next round of new train introductions on the franchise.

Already more than 20 of the CAF Class 195s and ‘331s’ have entered traffic with Northern, allowing the first tranche of Class 142s to be sent for warm storage, along with electric multiple unit 322481.

Currently 16 three-car and two two-car Class 195 DMUs are available for traffic, as well as four three-car Class 331/0 and six four-car Class 331/1s.

Meanwhile, the latest deliveries at Edge Hill depot have been 195009/012, 331015-331018. They have arrived for testing and commissioning ahead of their entry into traffic.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.

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