Russian Railways, Russian Export Centre and the African Export-Import Bank signed a memorandum of understanding at the Russia Calling investment forum in Moscow on November 30 agreeing to co-operate to implement export and investment projects in the rail sector. The memorandum runs for three years with the possibility of extension.

Vivarail and Hoppecke are to work together to design and integrate batteries for Vivarail’s Class 230 trainsets, which are produced using bodyshells and bogies from redundant London Underground vehicles.

Russian wagon manufacturer RM Rail expects to produce a total of 7 600 wagons this year, and is planning to develop exports next year.

Northern Ireland transport operator Translink and InterTradeIreland are to hold a supplier engagement event in Belfast on February 26, with opportunities across a range of disciplines including engineering, fleet and vehicle maintenance, construction, professional services, property maintenance, marketing/PR and technology. 'By working with InterTradeIreland we are able to provide this unique opportunity for suppliers, particularly SMEs, to engage directly with us and help overcome any barriers which could deter them from pursuing opportunities with us in the future’, said Chief Financial Officer Paddy Anderson.

TRB Lightweight Structures Ltd has obtained DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 certification for bonding safety critical rail vehicle parts.

Hitachi Rail Europe and Spencer Group are to work together to bid for a £500m contract to supply new trainsets and a maintenance depot for the UK's Tyne & Wear Metro.