Head of Jordan’s Executive Privatisation Authority Dr Mohammad Abu Hamour said last month that Aqaba Railway Corp will be privatised within the next year.

China has completed a feasibility study for a 340 km railway linking Dali in Yunnan province with Ruili on the border with Myanmar. Work could begin shortly on the 190bn yuan line, which would eventually form part of the proposed pan-Asian railway from Singapore through Myanmar to China.

CVRD project manager Malcolm Miller said last month that work will start by January on a railway between the Moatize coal deposits in Mozambique and Blantyre in Malawi, linking with the line to the port of Nacala. Construction will take 33 months, but costings have not been finalised.

Interested parties and stakeholders have been asked to comment on a paper published by South Africa’s Department of Transport which discusses the adoption of standard gauge in place of Cape gauge.

The Victorian government is considering a proposal from a consortium including NAB, Thiess, Nicholas Grimshaw and Macquarie to rebuild the Glen Waverley suburban line in Melbourne, putting the railway underground to free up the corridor for development and parkland.

Costa Rica’s railway agency Incofer is considering proposals to improve public transport in the capital city San José, including a US$120m rail scheme proposed by Inekon Group of the Czech Republic on a concession basis. Since October 7 2005 a limited commuter service has been operating on a 12·5 km east-west route across the city (RG 9.05 p527).

On May 31 the governors of the states of Minas Gerais, Goi