Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft has awarded Gruppo FS subsidiary Netinera a contract to operate Teilnetze Waldbahn services for 10 years from December 2013 and Naabtal and Oberpfalzbahn services for nine years from December 2014.

Russian Railways has unveiled a 193bn rouble investment programme for upgrading its main lines in the Far East during 2011-15, including improvements to track, signalling and power supplies on both the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur routes.

Arenaway’s Torino – Milano open access service was suspended from August 1.

Portuguese infrastructure manager Refer reopened the line from Lisboa to Beja and Évora on July 24 following a €100m programme of infrastructure renewal and electrification to permit speeds up to 200 km/h.

Caminhos de Ferro do Moçambique has reintroduced passenger and freight services on the 75 km route between Maputo and Goba on the Swazi border.

Country Rail Infrastructure Authority and several other New South Wales agencies are to be abolished as part of a restructuring to create a single department known as Transport for NSW.