Spain: The Ministry of Development has allocated Pts4·4bn this year for removing or upgrading level crossings, in addition to Pts4·5bn to be provided by Renfe and FEVE. At the end of 2000 there were 3849 level crossings still in use.

Sudan: The Chinese government has agreed to lend US$22m to fund refurbishment of SR’s main line from Khartoum to Port Sudan, and the purchase of new locomotives.