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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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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Northern unveils new £500 million diesel and electric trains

Northern launched its new CAF diesel trains today (June 26), and will launch its electrics on June 28, ahead of the planned introduction of nine trains from July 1.

At Preston on June 26, the operator used a Class 195 diesel multiple unit (DMU) to launch its £500 million investment in brand new trains. A four-car Class 331/1 electric multiple unit (EMU) will be used to launch the trains at Doncaster. From July 1, there were due to be seven DMUs and two EMUs in passenger traffic.

Speaking to RAIL on June 24, Northern Deputy Managing Director Richard Allan said initially they would be used on Doncaster-Leeds, Barrow-Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Airport and Windermere-Manchester Airport services. Only the first route would use the ‘331s’.

After those routes, they would be rolled out across the Pennines on routes such as York-Blackpool, while more would be introduced into South Yorkshire and to Chester.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 882, published on July 3, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from June 29.

  • For FULL coverage of the '331' launch and more on the introduction, read RAIL 883, published on July 17, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from July 13.

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