BRAZIL: Federal surface transport agency ANTT announced on October 8 that tendering for a concession to build, operate and maintain a 510 km high-speed line between Rio de Janeiro and Campinas had been cancelled as no bids had been received.

The ANTT board has decided that work on the project should continue, however, with a view to calling tenders in mid-2012.

A federal court had ruled in September that tendering for the R$33·1bn project should be suspended until ANTT had published tenders for concessions to operate all interstate and international passenger road transport services over 75 km length. This programme was expected to be completed in September 2012.

ANTT said that it would comply with the ruling pending an appeal.