n The US Surface Transportation Board has announced it will issue its decision on the break-up of Conrail between CSX and Norfolk Southern on April 14 next year, followed by a written ruling on June 8. The deadline for comment, protests and opposition evidence is October 21, followed by oral arguments on April 9.

n Australia’s federal government has commissioned a study of options for selling its 40% stake in National Rail Corp. Australian National’s Leigh Creek line, accounting for 30% of AN’s residual revenue, has been withdrawn from the ongoing sale process and transferred to South Australia’s state power company Optima Energy, which is the line’s major customer.

n The Spanish province of Andalucía has appointed a consortium of Typsa, Estudio Pereda and Ayesa to undertake a Pts360m feasibility study for the construction of an AVE high-speed line between Córdoba and M