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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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West Midlands to double tram fleet with £83.5m order

Twenty-one catenary-free trams will be built by CAF for West Midlands Combined Authority, in an £83.5 million deal that includes an option for a further 29 trams.

They will be from the Spanish manufacturer’s Urbos platform, with delivery scheduled from late 2021. The initial order doubles the size of the existing tram fleet, and the deal includes a 30-year technical support services and spares supply.

“These next-generation trams are battery-powered, designed to operate on new sections of the line between Grand Central and Hagley Road which are free of overhead cables,” said West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

CAF UK Director Richard Garner added: “The CAF Urbos tram will be the first example of battery technology being used in a high-intensity passenger service here in the UK.”

The new trams will join an existing 21-strong Urbos tram fleet in Birmingham.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 890, published on October 23, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from October 19.

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  • Silent Observer - 11/10/2019 13:41

    Trams are the answer to heavily used urban transportation. Trolley buses are good for less used routes. Emission free at point of use people movers is what we need........

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