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World rail market

25 May 2008

Australia: Babcock & Brown Infrastructure purchased a further 25% of WestNet Rail at the end of March, giving it a 76% stake in the Western Australia infrastructure operator.

Egypt: Next month staff from Italian state railway FS will began a five-year project to advise ENR on restructuring and staff training.

Finland: VR has placed an order with Almex and local partner Enfom for 900 almex.mobile portable ticket machines.

Germany: Dow Chemical Co has extended DB Schenker's contract to provide logistics and shunting services at its Stade and Brunshausen sites until 2010, with an option for a further two years.

This month DB begins a three-year project with T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2 to install repeaters to improve mobile phone reception on 1 495 ICE vehicles. Buffet cars will be quiet areas.

India: Maave Electronics is to supply Indian Railways with 20 000 LED emergency lamps for use on coaches under a Rs80m contract.

Norway: ESP Group is to supply NSB with 3 200 Axis Communications CCTV cameras by mid-2010.

Serbia: On April 11 the Agency for Reconstruction awarded a contract to a group of Dutch and Serbian companies led by Italferr to draft a national plan for investment in rail, road, air and river transport; the work will take 16 months.

Sweden: ERS Railways has signed an agreement for Hector Rail to haul containers of Tetra Pak products between Gävle and the port of Göteborg for three years, renewable for a further two.

UK: Network Rail has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Kier Property to redevelop an initial portfolio of six stations and another site in southern England.

On March 25 Freightliner Group took over the operating lease of the council-owned Doncaster freight terminal from DHL Exel Supply Chain.

On April 2 Deutsche Bahn AG announced it had completed its acquisition of Laing Rail Ltd (RG 2.08 p69).