China’s Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Research Institute has ordered traction equipment from Adtranz Switzerland for 10 new generation passenger locos to be built in 2000-01. The streamlined locos rated at 4·8MW will operate on the Guangzhou - Shenzhen quasi-high-speed line.

Spain’s Valencia regional government has unveiled a programme costed at Pts14bn that aims by 2003 to reduce the number of level crossings on the FGV network from 167 to 75. The remaining crossings will all be equipped with automatic barriers.