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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 launches £46 million Wigan depot

A new £46 million depot at Wigan Springs Branch was officially launched on February 7.

Northern has been using the depot since December, with 20 jobs created. It is used to stable and maintain 24 electric multiple units and eight diesel multiple units. There is also a facility to wash and refuel trains.

The project involved 2,500 metres of new track, 46 new pylons and 2,650 metres of new overhead line electrification. Five servicing platforms have been built along with 1,000 metres of staff walkways.

Network Rail is also planning to redevelop Platforms 2 and 3 at Wigan North Western, to enable more trains to stable at Springs Branch by allowing them to turn back at the station.

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  • John Webster - 13/02/2020 17:30

    Good to see the new depot rising from the dereliction of the old stabling sidings

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