ISRAEL: Israel Railways opened a US$2·7m training centre at Lod station last month.

The new facility is intended to fill a skills gap which has developed in recent years, and offers specially developed training programmes for railway employees including signallers, shunters and refuelling staff. It is equipped with advanced technological aids, and driver training simulators are to be installed.

The centre replaces a facility in an inadequate building at the unused Tel-Aviv South station.