Close Close

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?

View the poll

The ‘face’ of GA’s new bi-mode units unveiled

The cab design for the bi-mode units for Greater Anglia has been unveiled by Stadler.

The manufacturer is building 58 trains in Switzerland for GA, with the first four-car bi-mode Class 755 due at Norwich Crown Point this October for testing, before entering traffic next year.

In a statement, GA called the cab the train’s ‘face’. Managing Director Jamie Burles said: “How exciting to see the first ‘face’ of our new Stadler trains. Engineers are working hard across the UK and Europe building our new trains, which we can’t wait to have in service.

“We’re sure they’ll make a huge difference to our customers - everyone will be able to plug in their phones or laptops, watch films on our new ‘infotainment’ system, or simply sit back and enjoy watching the East Anglian countryside go past through the large picture windows.”

  • The full story appears in RAIL 850, published on April 11, and available on Android/iPad from April 7.

Comment as guest

Login  /  Register


  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 27/03/2018 23:59

    Stadler Flirt Class 745 EMU’s will also be manufactured with the same design as the Class 755’s Bi-Mode units. That these trains will enter service from late this year and throughout next year. With the Bombardier Class 720 Aventra EMU’s also to be manufactured and to enter service from next year. Also Greater Anglia might retain the 30 refurbished “Renatus” Class 321’s that would be ideal to operate on the Wickford-Southminster “Crouch Valley” branch line, Colchester-Walton-on-the-Naze, Colchester-Colchester Town and Manningtree-Harwich Town “Mayflower Line” services.

    Reply as guest

    Login  /  Register
    • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 31/03/2018 13:58

      Or Greater Anglia could retain the 30 Class 379’s as these electrostar units are ideal for local branch lines in Essex such as Wickford-Southminster, Manningtree-Harwich Town and Colchester-Walton-on-the-Naze.

      Reply as guest

      Login  /  Register

RAIL is Britain's market leading modern railway magazine.

Download the app

Related content