Australia: The Thiess Hochtief joint venture has awarded iQR and BT Contractors an A$20m contract to lay 26·2 km of slab track and construct emergency walkways on the Epping to Chatswood line in Sydney (RG 6.03 p371) by August 2006.

Bulgaria: On June 11 Siemens and BDZ signed a €117m contract for the supply and maintenance of 15 three-car and 10 four-car Desiro Classic EMUs, which will be delivered to BDZ’s Varna depot for final assembly in 2007-08.

France: SNCF has exercised options in a November 2000 contract with Alstom and Bombardier for a further 22 three-car TER2NNG Coradia Duplex double-deck EMUs to be delivered from the end of 2006 for use in Rh