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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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RSSB defines comfort targets for train seats

Train and seat designers and specifiers are being encouraged to adopt RSSB research findings in future specifications for new rolling stock and interior overhauls.

The RSSB (formerly the Rail Safety and Standards Board) set out its recommendations in its Defining the requirements of a seat comfort selection process report - but noted that none of the seven train tested met those targets.

Following the research, RSSB created a chart showing the comfort rating for different types of journeys, with Metro requiring the least comfort and First Class and Very High Speed Trains the most.

A range of dimensional requirements was also created, to indicate whether a seat would pass on measures that form the basis of a new standard which allows comfort to be considered as an essential feature, alongside other needs such as crashworthiness and fire safety.

  • 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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