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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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ScotRail hires in Class 365s for Glasgow-Edinburgh route

Three Class 365s have been leased by ScotRail, with more to follow. They will be used on an interim basis on the Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route while windscreen modifications are made to Class 385s.

The four-car ‘365s’ have been replaced at Govia Thameslink Railway by Class 700s. First to move to Knorr-Bremse Rail Services Springburn for modifications and re-livery into Scotland’s Railways colours was 365523, which arrived by road from Ilford on April 22, followed by 365513 on April 29. 365517 is due to arrive by road this weekend.

There is no official date for the trains entering traffic (July has been mentioned by sources), nor the exact number to be leased, although ten has been suggested. They will enter traffic once an agreement with unions has been made and once are sufficient crews are trained on the electric multiple units.  

  • To read the FULL story, see RAIL 852, published on May 9, and available digitally from May 5 on Android/iPad.
  • To read about the issues relating to the Class 385s, read RAIL 850, available digitally NOW.

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  • FrankH - 01/05/2018 23:58

    And the reason for moving them by road was ? Only one I can think of is route clearance. Other than that ludicrous.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 02/05/2018 01:20

    Why not transfer the Class 365's to replace the Class 314's and Class 318's used on the Glasgow commuter lines including: *Ayrshire Coast Line *Inverclyde Line *North Clyde Line *Argyle Line *Cathcart Circle Lines *Whifflet Line *Paisley Canal line And to work alongside the Class 320's, Class 380's and Class 334's And to work on other commuter lines in Scotland including the North Berwick Line, Edinburgh–Dunblane line and Cumbernauld Line (if electrification is necessary). With Class 385's and Class 380's to work on Edinburgh-Glasgow line via High Falkirk and via Shotts. And Class 385's to operate on Croy Line (Glasgow Queen St-Dunblane and Alloa (via Stirling)) once the electrification is also completed.

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    • The Oracle - 09/05/2018 22:14

      I bet that AndrewJG8918 must be on the pay role for this magzine, because if you post any criticism of any of his articles, they won't be published!

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      • AndrewJG8918 - 11/05/2018 11:34

        And what’s your problem then. Don’t like what I said. Ignore me then.

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