France: On March 27 the Aquitaine region allocated Fr310m towards the reopening of the Pau - Canfranc line (RG 4.00 p209).

Malawi: New operator Central East African Railways is to invest US$26m over 15 years, including US$4·5m for rolling stock upgrading this year.

Pakistan: Following suspension in February of a US$100m World Bank loan for restructuring of Pakistan Railways, the government is to make Rs40bn available to complete long-term projects. Rs4bn was approved to cover PR’s current financial problems.