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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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Springburn Works to close next year

Springburn Works, near Glasgow, will close in March 2020 its owners Gemini Rail Services confirmed on March 6.
GRS blamed the introduction of new trains for the closure, claiming that its core workload was ex-British Rail rolling stock, and that by 2024 the number in traffic would drop from 6,648 now to 1,407.

A spokesman said: “The company will proceed with a gradual closure programme completing existing projects before our final exit in March 2020. Gemini will continue to work with the Scottish Government and stakeholders over the site’s future use, including the possibility of a transport hub.”
GRS said its aware of the impact this will have on the 180 staff affected, and has raised the opportunity of enhanced redundancy packages. The company hopes to agree terms with union and staff representatives.

Unite had launched a campaign to save the works when a 45-day consultation into its future was announced by GRS. Questions regarding its future were also asked in Westminster, with suggestions it could be electrified and used to maintain ScotRail trains to release the burden on other facilities. The cost of the wiring was predicted to be under £1 million, but this has not been progressed.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 875, published on March 27, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from March 23.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 22/03/2019 20:38

    Farewell Springburn Depot. Very sad to see it closed down.

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