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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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Rolling stock a concern for passengers according to GWR consultation

The quality and capacity of rolling stock emerged as a concern of passengers and stakeholders in their responses to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) consultation into the next Great Western franchise. Passenger priorities were longer trains with more seats and space, and replacement or modernisation of older rolling stock.

Particular concern was raised by passengers in the West service group, which will retain ageing Sprinter diesel multiple units and High Speed Trains. Passengers said this could provide lower reliability, comfort and onboard amenities. In response, the DfT said it is likely to specify a requirement in the next franchise to develop options for the older fleet, and to develop a business case for “alternative solutions for these fleets.” These options will include alternatives to diesel trains.

  • For the FULL story regarding the Great Western franchise consultation results, read RAIL 861, published on September 12, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 8.

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  • M Towers - 07/09/2018 18:43

    Smart new carriage livery. Excellent service Impressive

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