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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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Watch Hitachi’s Doncaster depot under construction

Hitachi Rail Europe has released time-lapse footage of its £80 million Doncaster depot being built. Volker built the facility, with 2,000 people employed on the job.

The site is 11,000m2 in size, can hold up to 24 five-car trains on site, and has a wheel lathe and train washing facility.

The facility was built on the site of the former Doncaster Carr depot, and is currently being used to commission Intercity Express Programme trains. In the future, it will maintain IEPs for Virgin Trains East Coast and AT300 bi-modes for TransPennine Express.

HRE aims to employ 250 staff at the £80 million depot. The company chose Doncaster as both it and the wider region “have a range of industries employing people with skills that HRE is looking for”.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 02/08/2017 01:26

    What about Class 802's for Hull Trains. Where will they be maintained at.

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    • BigTone - 02/08/2017 12:41

      Makes sense to maintain them here, after all it is on the route. Not too far from Hull via the direct route

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