Direct Tehran - Almaty passenger services began on April 1. A weekly train leaves Tehran on Sunday, returning on Thursday, and takes two days to make the trip. In future, Kazakhstan Railways hopes to extend the service to Urumqi in China.

British operator First North Western has introduced at-seat entertainment on some services operated with Class 175 DMUs. Passengers can use their own headphones to listen to radio or CDs.

Canada’s Via Rail is to accept Air Miles on its Windsor - Québec City corridor from July 3.

Railtrack has awarded a £36m contract to AMEC for refurbishment of the train shed roof at London’s Waterloo station.

CAPTION: British train operator Connex South Central officially marked the completion of a £5m refurbishment of Sutton station on May 29. The 20-month programme included the construction of a new screen-free ticket office and the provision of lifts to all platforms. At platform level new waiting rooms have been built incorporating a refreshment counter, fully-accessible toilets with baby-changing facilities and a play area