In Brief

n On February 2 work began on a TGV station to serve the Futuroscope technology theme park near Poitiers; the Fr167m station should open early in 2000.

n On January 1 the NS stake in train catering company Railtender was acquired by Albron. Railtender has launched an image revamp for its refreshment trolley services, and a standardised service covering all InterCity trains running between 07.00 and 22.00 and other express services between 07.00 and 19.00.

n NS and DB have set up a joint venture to operate ICE services between Amsterdam and K