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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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Next step for Scottish hydrogen train

Hydrogen-powered trains in Scotland have moved a step closer after tender notices for the conversion of a Class 314 were issued on September 10. 

The Zero Emission Train Project is being led by Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland. It involves converting the last-surviving redundant Class 314 electric multiple unit, with the aim of using it to demonstrate the technology at the global COP 26 conference being held in Glasgow in December 2021.

A Prior Information Notice has been issued for the full system design, installation and demonstration of the hydrogen fuel cell train.

“A key objective of the project is to provide the rail supply chain with the opportunity to develop their skills and advance their knowledge of the application of hydrogen fuel cell technology on passenger rolling stock, including hydrogen supply and refuelling infrastructure,” said Scottish Enterprise Managing Director of Economic Development Linda Hanna.

The first stage of the project is complete after Brodie Engineering, working with Arcola Energy, created the concept design for the three-car ‘314’ to be converted from an EMU to a fuel cell electric train.

Tests with the converted train will be carried out on a private railway in Scotland.

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  • Andrew Gwilt - 16/11/2020 08:37

    The Class 314s shouldn’t of got scrapped but to be converted into Hydrogen units that would of been ideal to run them in the far North of Scotland and downgraded from 3-Car to 2-Car removing the pantograph car.

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