CSR Zhuzhou and CSR Luoyang Locomotive Co are investing 240m yuan establishing the Luoyang CSR Mass Transit Vehicle Co metro car assembly and maintenance plant in China’s Henan province.

Evraz Group has begun a US$440m modernisation of its steel plant at Novokuznetsk in Siberia. Automated rolling and treatment equipment will enable 25 m and 100 m rails to be produced to international standards from 2012.

L B Foster is to acquire Portec Rail Products under its strategy of ‘becoming a premier provider of products and services below the wheel for Class 1, transit, short line and regional railroads and contractors’ in North America and globally, according to Stan Hasselbusch, L B Foster President & CEO.

Swarco and RZD have signed an agreement to integrate the Austrian firm’s low-energy LED signals with control systems developed by Russia’s Niias research institute.

Work has begun on the CSR Tianjin Industrial Park, where China South will produce metro vehicles, electric buses and wind turbines.

The Indian government is seeking a joint venture partner to establish a multiple-unit and metro car factory at Kanchrapara in West Bengal. Demand is put at 500 vehicles a year for 10 years.

UK infrastructure contractor and facilities manager Jarvis plc went into administration in March, after negotiations with customers and creditors failed to produce support needed to continue trading after ‘considerable’ reductions in work from its main client, Network Rail. 1100 redundancies were announced on March 31, though a buyer is being sought for the Accommodation Services business.