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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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Pacers to continue running in South Yorkshire into next year

Pacers will continue to operate in the South Yorkshire area, Northern has confirmed.

The operator had planned to remove its 102-strong fleet from traffic by the end of the year, but has now been forced to retain its 23 Class 144s into 2020 owing to late delivery of the CAF Class 195 and ‘331’ units as well as ongoing delays to the Class 769 FLEX project.

Senior sources, speaking to RAIL on July 22, said that the ‘144s’ were being retained as they are slightly more modern than the ‘142s’, and have better interiors.

The fact that they are all maintained at one depot (Neville Hill) is another reason, as is keeping them on the duties they operate now as Northern needs to continue training drivers on its new train fleets.

In principle, the plan is for the ‘144s’ to operate short-distance services in the Sheffield area, with a planned run-down of the fleet so that they are all withdrawn by the middle of the year. An exact date has not been revealed.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 884, published on July 31, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from July 27.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 28/07/2019 00:24

    Suppose South Yorkshire (including Sheffield and Rotherham) could still use the Class 144s. But Northern are replacing the Pacers with the Class 195 DMU Civity units. Aswell TransPennine Express who are to start using the Class 802 IETs at some point either next month or before the end of 2019.

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