China: Nextiva IP video networking from Verint Systems is to be deployed on the Beijing - Tianjin high speed line. Similar technology has also been ordered by DB for use on the Hamburg S-Bahn.

Germany: Next month Railion Deutschland will transport the first of 60 000 pipes destined for the Baltic Sea gas pipeline. Moving the pipes from Mülheim to the port of Sassnitz on behalf of Europipe will require 15 trains a week for two years.

India: The Ministry of Railways is seeking consultants to assist with the establishment of an electric locomotive factory at Madhepura. Around 1 000 locos will be ordered over eight years.

Italy: Ansaldo Segnalamento Ferro-viario has won a €6m contract to supply GSM-R equipment to Ferro-vie del Gargano.

Spain: ADIF has awarded a €8·2m contract for the construction of a dual-system gauge-changing installation at Alcolea outside Córdoba, connecting the Madrid - Sevilla high speed line with the conventional route between Alcázar de San Juan and Sevilla. A second contract covering the supply and maintenance of signalling equipment has gone out to tender within a budget of €8·8bn.

Sri Lanka: Bank Austria Creditanstalt has granted a further €2·1m towards the construction of a bridge over the River Nilwala at Matara.

UK: Consultancy Steer Davies Gleave has been appointed to prioritise the stations which have been proposed for construction in West Yorkshire under a 13-year strategy.

On February 21 O2 announced that Network Rail has selected the mobile communication company to provide voice, BlackBerry and other data services. Around 23 000 connections will be transferred.

Nexala is to provide train operator Southeastern with software to provide maintenance management, decision support and performance analysis for its 344 EMUs of five types.

USA: Amtrak has purchased Sabre 4000 hand-held explosives trace detection units from Smiths Detection. Random screening of a passenger can be completed in 1 min.