Rostec and Russian Railways have agreed to form a working group to implement a long-term strategy for the development and supply of modern designs of wagons and associated maintenance facilities

The Connect alliance of 10 equipment and staff providers led by A-Plant, L Lynch, P Flannery Plant Hire and Fortel has been formed to offer an integrated 'one stop shop' for contractors working on the UK’s High Speed 2 project. ‘Connect is a collaborative group of like-minded companies offering a broad range of services’, said A-Plant Commercial Director Dave Harris. ‘We have come together across traditionally distinct categories of plant equipment, labour, training and operated and non-operated plant solutions, offering an integrated innovative supply chain.’

CIMC IT and ASTO are to launch the Global Smart Container Alliance in Shenzhen on August 15 with the aim of bringing together technology suppliers and freight shippers.

Power quality specialist REO UK has joined Rail Forum East Midlands. ‘Projects such as HS2 and the ongoing electrification of railways across the country are highlighting a growing need for power quality equipment in the sector’, said Managing Director Steve Hughes. ‘Joining the RFEM allows us to share our insight into the electrical challenges the industry is set to face and work with rail businesses to overcome them.’