Australia: As part of a five-member consortium, Comsa subsidiary MVM Rail has been awarded work worth €27m under the project to quadruple the 13 km between Kingsgrove and Rebesby in Sydney.

Belgium: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has concluded a €414m five-year master agreement covering signalling modernisation with the Belgosignal joint venture of Alstom and Siemens. Alstom will supply 1 400 sets of lineside equipment and interlockings for 31 signal boxes, with Siemens responsible for control systems, IT and commissioning.

Croatia: Consultancy IGH has won a 749m kuna contract to prepare documentation for an 8bn kuna upgrade of the Botovo - Zagreb - Rijeka route which is expected to be completed by 2013.

Cuba: UFC has taken delivery of 40 flat wagons and 10 cement hoppers for Wagon Pars of Iran, part of an order worth US$196m for 630 wagons and 200 passenger cars agreed last year.

Europe: The Momentum Services joint venture of Cremonini Group and SSP Financing is responsible for providing onboard catering services for Eurostar from June 1, under a five-year contract with the international operator which includes a two-year extension option.

Finland: Pöyry has been awarded a €1·1m contract to plan an 18 km urban railway linking the Martinlaakso line with the main line out of Helsinki via the capital's airport. Plans for the line and seven new stations will be completed by March 2008.

Georgia: Electro Car Repair Works and a Chinese partner have won US$16m order to supply one eight-car and two two-car EMUs for use on a shuttle service to Tbilisi international airport.

Greece: OSE has awarded Ansaldo STS a €25m three-year contract to supply ETCS Level 1 equipment for 178 trainsets

Italy: Rail Traction Company has agreed to lease three Traxx 3 kV DC locos from Angel Trains. The first was rolled out of Bombardier's Vado Ligure plant last month, and a total of 10 of the E483 locos will be completed for Angel this year.

Norway: NSB has awarded Bombardier a NKr180m contract to modernise its 13 three-car BM69C EMUs over two years.

South Africa: Ansys has won a contract worth R11·7m to install and commission three MRX Technologies lineside electronic wheel profile monitoring systems for Spoornet. Two will be installed at Ermelo on the Richards Bay heavy haul line.

Spain: ADIF has awarded Ploder and Rover Alcisa a €68·7m contract to undertake civil works on the 10 km La Alcoraya - Alacant section of the Madrid - Alacant high speed line. Tesca and Dragados are to build the 7·3 km through Albacete for €49·8m.

ADIF has awarded a joint venture of Acciona, Guinovart, Sacyr and Corsán-Corviam a €15·9m contract to undertake tracklaying on the 12·6 km Sant Joan Despí - Sants section of the Madrid - Barcelona high speed line. Work is due to take five months to complete, including 11·3 km of slab track as the route runs mainly on viaduct or in tunnel.

Comsa has been awarded a €24·3m contract to build a maintenance facility for high speed rolling stock at Barcelona Can Tunis. Work is due to take 15 months to complete, including the construction of a 18 900 m² workshop building with three tracks and six stabling roads able to accommodate a total of eight trainsets.

Sweden: Last month Green Cargo awarded Bombardier a €115m six-year contract to modernise 42 Rc2 electric locomotives and 62 T44 diesel locos dating from the 1960s. The work is expected to extend the locos' lives by 15 years, and will equip them for multiple working between the classes.

UK: First GBRf has signed a lease agreement with Porterbrook for five EMD Class 66 locos which will be delivered in March 2008. Until now the freight operator has leased locos from HSBC Rail.

Freightliner Heavy Haul has purchased Lafarge's fleet of 322 cement wagons, which will be leased back to the cement maker with FHH being responsible for control and maintenance.

Network Rail has awarded Balfour Beatty Rail projects a £13m contract for the 13 km Gretna to Annan redoubling scheme, which will increase capacity on the Glasgow & South Western route in Scotland from summer 2008.

USA: Under a $33m multi-agency procurement agreement, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Metropolitan Council of Minnesota and New Mexico's Mid-Region Council of Governments have each exercised options for four MPXpress locos, to be delivered by Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower in 2008-09.

BNSF has taken delivery of 162 steel ballast wagons of 110 tonne capacity from FreightCar America. Solar-powered electronics from Georgetown Rail Equipment allow remote contol of the air-orperated discharge doors supplied by WH Miner Enterprises.

On June 13 the New Jersey Transit board authorised the purchase of an additional 45 double-deck commuter coaches from Bombardier, bringing its total order to 279 vehicles which are to be delivered by mid-2009.

The FRA has awarded Ensco a five-year contract worth $67m to operate three track geometry survey cars as part of its Automated Track Inspection Program.