China: Passengers using Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway network rose 8% to 834 million in 2004; Airport Express traffic went up 17% to 8·01 million as air travel recovered from the Sars health scare.

Czech Republic: The Railway Authority has certified for revenue operation Skoda Transportation’s prototype 05T Vektra low-floor tram, now undergoing test running in Plzen. Skoda has orders to supply 20 Vektras for Praha and six for the 950mm gauge network in Cagliari.

France: Mayor of Paris Bernard Delano