Argentinean operator Ferrovias began test running of refurbished coaches with automatic doors on January 27. Platforms are to be raised at the 22 stations on the 52 km Retiro - Villa Rosa line to suit the vehicles, and Saldias station will be relocated 300m to the north.

GO Transit is to open a new station at Lisgar in Mississauga in 2007, Ontario Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced in January.

Indian Railways has allocated Rs150m for maintenance and for reducing congestion at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji station. The former Victoria Terminus was declared a Unesco world heritage site last July.

Signature Aromas has been awarded a contract to supply vandal-resistant air fresheners which will use natural oils to provide four weeks of scent on board Central Trains multiple-units in the UK.

Next month Auckland Regional Transport Authority is to begin a programme to build a new station at Manurewa and upgrade Middlemore and Homai stations. Mangere station is to close.

Britain’s National Rail Enquiries has launched the TrainTracker automated telephone information system to ease the pressure on its phone services at times of disruption. Real-time arrival and departure information is provided using speech-recognition and touch-tone technology.