The Canadian government is to provide C$2·5m to ensure the continuation of Ontario Northland passenger services between Toronto and North Bay until March 31 2005.

Almost all Swiss trains, buses and ferries will be non-smoking with effect from the December 11 timetable change. UK operator GNER will withdraw its smoking accommodation from August 29.

The roll-out of Wi-Fi at major Dutch stations began in Den Haag and Utrecht in June. By September passengers at 30 stations will be able to buy €5 cards at station kiosks giving 1h of Wi-Fi access.

Passengers on express services to London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports can receive a reference number confirming their online booking by SMS. This can then be used to travel on Gatwick Express, or to collect tickets from vending machines for Heathrow and Stansted.

Following a complete rebuild, German Railway opened a replacement Jena Paradies station on June 18. Construction had taken 27 months at a cost of €21m.

In a £1·7m programme Chiltern Railways is installing touch-screen ticket machines supplied by Shere at its stations.