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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 targets 12 refurbished HSTs in traffic this year

ScotRail plans to have around 12 Inter7City High Speed Trains in traffic by the end of the year, running alongside seven ‘Classic’ sets.

The operator should by now have 26 IC7s in traffic (all were due by last December), but various delays during conversion at Wabtec Rail, Doncaster, means the final set will be delivered some two years later than planned.

There are currently seven IC7 sets with ScotRail, with an eighth due for imminent release. Previously, SR was hoping for one set per month to be released.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.
  • For an EXCLUSIVE Pip Dunn train test on an IC7, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.

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