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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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Northern close to completion of £500 million CAF train order

All of Northern’s Class 331 electric multiple units are now in traffic except for two three-car trains.

Built by CAF in Zaragoza, 31 three-car Class 331/0 and 12 four-car ‘331/1’ EMUs were ordered as part of a £500 million, 101-train order. At the time it was CAF’s largest ever European-based contract, placed by Arriva after it took over the Northern franchise.

The first ‘331s’ entered traffic on July 1 last year. Now, 331030 remains on test at Edge Hill, while 331031 is still to arrive from Spain.

Meanwhile, two Class 195 diesel multiple units from the same order have yet to arrive from Newport, where CAF is finishing their assembly ahead of testing and commissioning at Edge Hill.

The DMUs (195132/133) will complete the 101-train deal, although 195021 is also at the South Wales site undergoing repairs, having been damaged when it derailed while shunting at Edge Hill earlier this year.

Northern has three two-car Class 195/0s for testing and training (195020/022/023) with the other 21 two-car DMUs in passenger service, while one three-car (195131) is also undergoing testing. It has 30 three-car DMUs in traffic.

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