Systra Canada has helped to establish a welding school in Guinea, where 60 local workers have acquired technical skills to boost their employability.

Timofey Vladimirovich Khryapov became Chief Executive Officer of Russian wagon manufacturer United Wagon Co on December 21. Roman Savushkin, who was one of the founders of UWC and has headed the company since 2012, remains on the board with responsibility for strategic development. ‘In seven years UWC has grown to rank among the world’s largest wagon manufacturers and become the hub of freight car construction technology in Russia’, said Chairman Andrey Motovilov, adding that the group now has five manufacturing sites, more than 11 000 employees and produces more than 55 types of wagon.

Railway consultancy Quandel Consultants has opened an office in Washington, DC, led by Sandy Bushue, the former Acting and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.

Having secured funding to relocate its headquarters to Doncaster with support from Business Doncaster, UK company Specialist Engineering Services has begun rolling out an apprenticeship scheme with the help of the Northern Rail Alliance and National College for High Speed Rail.

Uralvagonzavod produced more than 18 000 wagons in 2018, an increase of 3 000 on 2017. Sales of spare parts grew to more than 3bn roubles. The Russian company said the production of specialised wagons would be important for future growth, and it has redesigned its general assembly workshop to facilitate the production of small batches of vehicles.

On January 3 Vossloh announced that it had completed the acquisition of the rail milling business of Strabag Rail, which had been announced on November 5. The four milling machines and 30 employees are to be integrated in the Berlin-based Alpha Rail Team subsidiary of Vossloh’s Lifecycle Solutions division.

Law firm Ashurst has advised Sydney Metro on the contract for Lendlease to design and build the Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development, which will include design and construction of the metro station, a 230 m office building and a public plaza.