China: In August Knorr-Bremse received an order worth €7m to supply brakes for use on 128 metro cars which are being built for use on Shanghai Line 1.

Croatia: On September 14 the first two of 70 TMK2200 trams ordered from the Crotram consortium by Zagreb Electric Tramways entered revenue service on Lines 11 and 12 following extensive testing. A total of 17 of the low-floor trams will be running by the end of the year.

France: RATP has appointed Semaly and the Centre for Tunnel Studies to carry out a €82000 study into water infiltration on the metro and RER networks, looking at costs and strategies to reduce ingress.

Since September 5, peak services on RATP’s T2 light rail route between Issy-Val de Seine and La Défense have been operated by two LRVs in multiple, increasing capacity by 33%. Including the acquisition of 13 LRVs and lengthening platforms to 65m, the programme has cost a total of €14·5m.

Hungary: Budapest Transport has awarded Cegelec a contract to provide its TVM Progress traction equipment to replace existing components on its fleet of Russian-built metro cars.

Israel: The planning authority has approved the final alignment of the planned 22 km Tel Aviv Red pre-metro line. A contractor will be selected from the three shortlisted bidders in 2006, work will start in 2007 and opening of the partially underground line is planned for 2012.

Italy: The €150m extension of Milano metro Line 1 by 2·1 km from Molino Dorino to Rho Fiera was opened on September 14.

Netherlands: On August 29 Rotterdam operator RET opened a 1·5 km extension of its Caland Line sneltram branch from De Tochten to Nesseland.

Portugal: On September 17 the first phase of Porto Metro Line D was opened between Pólo Universit