Australia: NEG has introduced the M>Train and M>Tram brands for its Bayside Trains and Swanston Trams franchises in Melbourne.

Czech Republic: Subterra has won a KC1·4bn contract to build a new tram route between the Praha suburbs of Hlubocepy and Barrandov.

France: Val d’Europe station opened on June 8, giving the new town of Marne-la-Vallée its second station on RER Line A. Incorporating a bus station and a 300-space car park, it cost Fr78·6m, of which Fr6·6m was provided by RATP.

Finland: The first three of 12 two-car trainsets built by Bombardier in Ammendorf, Germany, were to enter service with Helsinki metro last month. The prototype train has completed 30000 km of test running on the HKL network.

Germany: Augsburg Transport has ordered 13 metre-gauge Combino trams from Siemens for €29m. The first will be delivered in September 2002.

Greece: Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier and Finmeccanica have expressed interest in a €75·1m tender to supply 35 trams to Athens.

India: Delhi Rail Metro Corp has awarded a contract to Thales e-Transactions for supply and installation of contactless smart card fare collection equipment.

Iran: Bids are due by July 30 for the supply of signalling equipment to the Mashhad light rail network (MR01 p43).

Portugal: The 114 new EMU cars being built for the Lisboa metro by Bombardier will have fire-resistant decorative laminates supplied by W&J Tod Ltd.

Russia: Moscow trams built by CKD are to modernised in the city’s workshops under a co-operation agreement signed on May 17 by the mayors of Moscow and Praha. A first batch of 13 will be completed this year, and 50 in 2002.

Singapore: The Civil Aviation Authority has sought proposals for construction of an additional automated peoplemover at Changi Airport.

Spain: Guinovart & OSHSA is due to complete in March 2002 a Pts750m contract to convert the traction power supply system on Barcelona metro Line 1 from third rail to rigid catenary. The latter is already in service on Lines 2, 3 and 5 and will also be installed on Line 4.

Galicia regional government is providing Pts100m for design studies of a light metro in Vigo, costed at Pts11bn and comprising a circular route, a line from the Renfe station to Samil and a Beiramar - Bouzas route. The city council is contributing Pts50m to the studies.

USA: Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has adopted a 10 km level light rail line with nine stations as its preferred option to serve East Los Angeles, in place of a cancelled Red line metro extension. It would be an branch of the Pasadena Blue line which is scheduled to open in mid-2003.

Alstom is to carry out the half-life overhaul of 108 Chicago Transit Authority 2600 series cars, after the CTA took a $60·1m option on a 1997 contract.

MTDB has awarded Clark Construction Group an $82·7m contract to build the 1·6 km tunnel and underground station beneath San Diego State University for the Mission Valley East light rail project.