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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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PICTURE: TransPennine Express livery applied to Class 68

TransPennine Express has released an image of 68021 Tireless in the operator’s new livery.

The operator will use 68019-68032, sub-leased from Direct Rail Services, to operate trains between Liverpool Lime Street/Manchester Airport and Scarborough/Middlesbrough from next summer.

These trains will operate in push-pull mode using rakes of Mk 5s currently being built by CAF. There are 66 new coaches under construction including Driving Trailers. These will also enter traffic from next year.

So far, TPE has leased 68019-68025, although none are yet in traffic.

  • Full details of this, and of other Class 68-hauled passenger duties, will appear in RAIL 836, published on September 27. 


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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 12/09/2017 02:25

    Are those Class 68's being used on Greater Anglia for a short while. Looks nice anyway. Quite like the new livery. Would Transpennine Express also might have couple Class 88's.

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  • T - 12/09/2017 17:16

    Not keen at all. I'd prefer a speedier mod cons DEMU. I feel it's like going to be like paying for that, but travelling either in the 1960s on a BR train or a heritage railway, but on a major route.

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  • Robert Wakeham - 14/09/2017 16:40

    No yellow high-viz panels?

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  • PAUL - 25/09/2017 18:42

    Looking forwards to see the 68s on Trans Pennine routes sampled Chiltern 68s very impressed with them and reliable and environmentaly friendly

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  • FrankH - 14/11/2017 13:32

    Trials between Crewe and Preston are taking place. 68022 plain blue with no decals was one loco this morning with 5 coaches, looked like ex virgin stock.

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