Australia: Transfield Construction has started work on a 2·2 km extension of Melbourne’s Mont Albert tram line, to Station Street, Box Hill.

Egypt: National Authority for Tunnels has awarded the Interinfra consortium of Alstom, Vinci, Spie and Thales a €80m turnkey contract to extend Cairo metro Line 2 for 2·5 km south from Giza Suburban to El Mounib.

France: On September 14 transport authorities in the Mulhouse area approved plans for two tram routes totalling 19·3 km. Work could begin in 2002 for completion in 2005.

Germany: Stadtwerke Ulm has placed a €15·7m order for eight Siemens Combino five-section metre-gauge low-floor LRVs to be delivered in 2003. Rheinbahn Düsseldorf has exercised an option for 15 NF8 Combino LRVs, following its order for 36 NF10 cars.

Great Britain: Siemens is to supply Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH with electrical equipment for the Cable Liner shuttle being built for Birmingham International Airport.

Following successful trials, Docklands Light Railway is to install Fleet Software Ltd’s Total Asset Control Technology, to manage train and ticket vending machine maintenance.

Babtie Group has been appointed by the Strategic Rail Authority to develop tender documents for the East London Line extension project.

Tyne & Wear Metro operator Nexus has opened a purpose-built training centre at South Gosforth. It is also available for private hire.

Romania: Alstom has expressed interest in taking over the maintenance of Bucuresti Metro rolling stock. Transport Minister Miron Mitrea expects to sign a deal in December.

Spain: Bombardier is to supply 19 CX-100 vehicles, electrical and mechanical equipment to the 2 km Phase II of the Barajas Airport peoplemover in Madrid, worth about €108m. Opening is planned for 2004.

USA: Bombardier has been awarded a US$46m electrical and mechanical systems contract for a 600 m extension of the automated peoplemover at George Bush Airport in Houston, which provides for supply of 10 CX-100 vehicles.

Gottlieb Skanska and Slattery Skanska have been awarded a 38-month $33·8m contract to refurbish New York City Transit’s DeKalb Avenue station.