Australia: New South Wales Rail Access Corp has re-opened the Kandos - Gulgong route to traffic.

Belgium: Flanders regional government has approved the construction of a second route into the Antwerpen port complex from 2009. Costed at BFr29bn, the line would run from Noord marshalling yard to Lier via Schoten, Wijnegem and Wommelgem to the west of the city.

Canada: CN was to start a Toronto - Chicago RoadRailer service last month, offering next-day delivery five days a week. The RoadRailer fleet is being expanded to 400 vehicles with the acquisition of 200 tandem-axle 53ft units.

CP has sold its 55·5 km Streetsville Jcn - Orangeville branch in Ontario to the Orangeville Brampton Rail Access Group, a shipper consortium that has selected Cando Contracting Ltd to run it.

RailAmerica Inc has sold the 320 km Boyle - Linton line, previously operated by its Lakeland & Waterways Railway subsidiary, to Alberta Ltd for US$4·5m.

China: Construction of the 147 km Meizhou - Kanzhou route has been completed. Tracklaying has been finished on the 247 km Xi’an - Ankang line, due to open to traffic by July 1 2001.

Europe: From November 5 DB and Netherlands Railways are launching a two-hourly interval service with ICE3 trainsets between K