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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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Paddington-Reading Crossrail trains to begin running from December 15

TfL Rail will operate trains between London Paddington and Reading from December 15. They will form part of the planned Crossrail service, and replace existing Great Western Railway services.

Four trains per hour will run at peak-time, and 2tph off-peak. They will use nine-car Class 345s that have started entering traffic on shuttles between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington.

The peak trains will call at Reading, Hayes & Harlington, Southall and Ealing Broadway. The stopping pattern for the off-peak trains is for all stations between Reading and Hayes & Harlington, and then the same as the 4tph service. West Ealing, Hanwell and Acton Main Line will not be served by these TfL Rail services.

GWR will continue to operate some fast services into the capital from Reading, Twyford, Maidenhead and Slough.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.
  • For the latest on possible delays to the Crossrail project, read RAIL 889, published on October 9, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 5.

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  • Edward Neville - 02/10/2019 01:36

    Which trains will stop at Hanwell and West Ealing?

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    • AndrewJG8918 - 02/10/2019 13:42

      @Edward Neville. Both GWR and TfL Rail trains will stop at those stations. But only some will stop at those stations as the platforms can't accommodate longer trains.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 02/10/2019 13:52

    Could TfL Rail allow some of the Class 345 9-Car trains to operate on the Liverpool Street-Gidea Park/Shenfield route. With the 7-Car Class 345s to be upgraded to 9-Car when the central part of the Elizabeth Line opens next year or 2021.

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    • Dan Wall - 14/10/2019 15:21

      I do hope fares are proportionately in line with other TFL fares,i.e. from West Drayton(London) to next station at Iver(Bucks) just 1 mile down the track, there should only be a slight increase in fare. Now that they are not using Oyster beyond West Drayton, will this mean an excuse for a 2 tier fares system??

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