Egypt: National Authority for Tunnels was due to invite bids last month for up to three contracts to build the 2·5 km extension of Cairo metro Line 2 from Giza to Moneib, expected to cost úE300m. A total of 22 companies submitted prequalification applications.

Germany: Karlsruhe is planning to build a 3·5 km tramway extension to serve Aue and Wolfratsweier by 2003.

Great Britain: LINC, Metronet and Surface Lines Group have submitted bids for the Sub-Surface Lines Infraco under the London Underground Public-Private Partnership (RG 3.00 p160).

As part of the £98m Sunderland extension of the Tyne & Wear Metro (RG 12.99 p815), Railtrack’s London North Eastern Zone has begun work at Pallion for a new tunnel under an existing road. The route through to South Hylton is scheduled to open on January 13 2002.

India: Delhi Metro Rail Corp is expected to call tenders for the supply of rolling stock, following the government’s choice of 1676mm gauge for the project. DMRC had preferred 1435mm, expected to cost Rs48·5bn.

Ireland: More rolling stock has been ordered to raise capacity on DART suburban operations in Dublin. Tokyu Car is building 12 EMU cars, with an option for 36, while Spain’s CAF is to supply 60 DMU cars for delivery in 2002-03.

Israel: The Moriya Group has appealed against the decision to exclude it from the shortlist for Jerusalem’s 14 km light rail project (RG 9.00 p526). The consortium comprises Ansaldobreda, RATP, Bouygues, Dori, Malibo and Gibor Sport.

Spain: Adolfo Sobrino and Construcciones Fern