Egypt: Tenders have been invited for a 25-year franchise to extend ENR’s optic fibre communications network.

Europe: The European Commission has appointed Ødegaard & Danneskiold-Samsøe to study ’European Priorities & Strategies for Railway Noise Abatement’. Covering the EU countries plus Norway, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, it will review legislation, study methods of noise reduction and propose future strategies.

Germany: Magdeburg Verkehrsbetriebe has ordered a second batch of 19 trams worth 3·4m euros from the Stra§enbahn Magdeburg consortium, for delivery between March and November 2002.

Bonn’s SWB has ordered 15 high-floor trams from Bombardier and Kiepe Elektrik for 19·5m euros. The vehicles will be assembled in Aachen from modules manufactured in Wien.

Stuttgart has ordered 17 Adtranz/ Siemens DT8.10 trams worth DM84m, for delivery from the end of 2002.

Great Britain: Porterbrook Leasing is to finance 240 Adtranz Electrostar EMU cars previously ordered by Connex. The Rosco has already ordered 160 similar vehicles on a speculative basis.

Iran: Sogerail of France is to supply 75000 tonnes of rail to RAI.

Ireland: The Department of Public Enterprise has appointed a consortium to advise it on public-private partnerships in the rail sector, including the proposed Dublin light rail and metro networks. The consortium includes Ernst & Young, WS Atkins, Fitzpatrick Associates, Simmons & Simmons and Arthur Cox.

Finland’s Talgo-Transtech is to supply 24 container pocket wagons to Iarnród éireann.

Portugal: Ferrovial Agrom