Australia: Tradegate ECA is developing an internet-based RailHub to provide automated consignment tracking and data management for the interstate rail network and associated feeder operators.

Australian Rail Track Corp has lifted speeds on the Melbourne - Adelaide corridor from 80 to 115 km/h following an A$20m upgrading programme.

Queensland Rail carried over 120 million tonnes of freight in the year to June 30 1999, a record for any Australian railway in public or private ownership. Coal accounted for 86%, but other commodities also saw substantial increases.

Work is about to start on a A$240m upgrade of the QR main line between Rockhampton and Townsville. On completion in 2002, freight trains will be able to run consistently at 100 km/h.

Belgium: SNCB’s road transport subsidiary ABX has signed a co-operation agreement with French transport and logistics company Dubois.

Brazil: The government of Rond