China:ABB has received an order worth US$7m to supply 152 gas insulated switchgear units for Shenzhen’s metro Line 1 by September this year, and 237 of the 33 kV devices worth US$11m to Guangzhou metro Line 3 next year.

Arup has been appointed as engineering consultant and DesignCorp International as architect for the Dongzhimen interchange in Beijing. Being developed in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, it will provide links between the planned Airport Express Railway, Metro Lines 2 and 13 and long-distance bus routes.

Thales e-Transactions and Panda Electronics are to supply contactless automatic fare collection equipment worth €18m for the 16 stations on the 21·7 km Nanjing metro Line 1 (MR 03 p44).

Hungary:Siemens and Kiepe Elektrik are to supply 40 nine-section Combino trams worth €150m to Budapest in 2005-06. The 53m long, 2·4m wide bi-directional vehicles for Lines 4 and 6 will be maintained by Siemens TS Integrated Services under a two-year contract.

India:A consortium of IJM Corp, National Buildings Construction Corp and Villayati Ram Mittal has received a letter of acceptance from Delhi Metro Rail Corp for the construction of an elevated section of Line 3.

Singapore:A joint venture of Barclay Mowlem Hong Kong and Gammon Skanska has been subcontracted by Zap Piling to move and reinstate railway lines during the removal of concrete piles obstructing the route of tunnels for the Circle line beneath SMRT’s Bishan depot.

USA:Siemens has delivered the first of 18 Avanto S70 three-section low-floor LRVs to Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. Services on the 12 km line linking central Houston with Reliant Park will begin on January 1 2004.