Australia: Toll opened an A$20m freight terminal at Townsville in early May. A joint venture of Toll and Pacific National began running 1067mm gauge freight services from Brisbane to Cairns in March.

Brazil: Portugese construction firm Somague Engenharia has completed a feasibility study for a US$570m rail link between São Paulo and the regional airport at Campinas, 90 km away.

Canada: On May 20 the Canadian Transportation Agency revoked Prairie Alliance for the Future’s railway operating licence. PAFF was unable to afford liability insurance after poor harvests hit traffic on the 300 km of grain branches it leased from CN.

Chile: EFE has taken delivery of the second of five Class 444 EMUs purchased for US$3·5m from Renfe for the Santiago - Chill