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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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Surplus Class 185s could yet be retained

Once all its new fleets are introduced, TransPennine Express is due to return 22 three-car Class 185 diesel multiple units to Eversholt Rail Group.

However, TPE could yet retain them long-term. Following the awarding of the East Midlands franchise to Abellio, the Department for Transport announced that the Nottingham-Liverpool section of the Norwich-Liverpool route could be split, with Transport for the North to decide whether Northern or TPE would operate it from the end of 2021.

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  • Silent Observer - 03/12/2019 17:20

    This would of course make sense. 6 car trains running on the busy Hope Valley line gives a big increase in capacity and makes good use of rolling stock as opposed to allowing it to lie idle......

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