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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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‘Paragons’ chosen as name for Hull Trains ‘802/3s’

Hull Trains’ five Class 802/3s will be known as ‘Paragons’, following a staff competition.

HT On-Board Experience Manager Patrick Tobin suggested the name for the fleet, which recognises both its significance to Hull (named after Paragon Interchange), and the word’s definition.

The first two Hitachi trains are due in the UK soon, with the first due in traffic in November following testing. All five will be in service by the end of the year.

The open access operator now wants passengers to name the individual trains.

Names should reflect the investment, and Hull’s culture. Ideas can be submitted via email to [email protected].

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 03/09/2019 01:11

    I think Paragon is such a good name for Hull Trains to name their brand new Class 802 IETs.

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