Abellio has agreed eight-year framework contracts with Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler for the future supply of up to 150 single-deck regional EMUs. Firm orders would be placed subject to Abellio winning tenders for operating contracts.

As part of an import substitution programme, United Wagon Co says it has become the first Russian company to begin bulk manufacture of high tensile strength austempered ductile iron components for wagon bogies. UWC has the capacity to equip 30 000 wagons/year.

Voestalpine Signaling Sopot is building a factory at Trąbki Wielkie near Gdańsk to replace the current Sopot plant from early 2017. Products will include UniAC axle-counters, hot box detectors and brake testing equipment.

TÜV Rheinland InterTraffic has certified EVRAZ ZSMK's 49 E1 rail as being produced to TSI standards. EVRAZ 49 E1 rails are currently supplied to Turkey, and the Russian company plans to enter the Eastern Europe market.

TÜV SÜD Rail now offers IT security services for electrical signalling systems, based on IEC 62443-4-1 and IEC 62443-3-3 standards, the rail-specific EN 50159 standard and the pre-standard DIN VDE V 0831-104.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has expanded its office in Boulder, Colorado, to include transport and building sector activities.

Nizhny Novgorod-based Transpnevmatika is to invest 350·1m roubles to establishing a disc brake production facility.