Ukrainian Railway’s Dnieper division is to fit 500 locomotives with satellite tracking equipment to help improve the management of freight services.

The Spanish government has formally transferred responsibility for the A Coruña – Vigo high speed line project from the Ministry of Development to ADIF, undertaking to service any debt that may be incurred. The project to build a connection in the Tarragona area between the Madrid – Barcelona high speed line and the Mediterranean Corridor (RG 5.12 p30) has also been transferred to the infrastructure authority.

On May 10 the US Federal Railroad Administration announced changes to PTC installation rules. Railways will no longer have to conduct risk analyses to obtain approval not to install PTC or ‘other costly risk mitigation measures’ on 16000 km of track that will not carry passenger trains or poison inhalation hazard commodities after December 2015. FRA estimates that this will save up to $775m over 20 years.

A new €3·8m station in Lamprechtshausen opened on May 11, extending Salzburger Lokalbahn services 300 m closer to the town centre.

Patriot Rail Corp’s Kingman Terminal Railroad subsidiary is to provide rail services at the Kingman Airport & Industrial Park in Mohave County, Arizona, under a 22-year agreement.

Local funding has been allocated for a feasibility study into the introduction of a commuter service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.