Tajikistan’s Ministry of Finance and Ex-Im Bank of China have signed a credit agreement to complete the 40·7 km Vahdat – Yovon section of the Dushanbe – Qurghonteppa line by 2016.

Indian Railways is planning to expand the use of RFID technology for wagon identification, following a successful pilot project at three locations on East Coast Railway with 500 wagons.

Bayern railway agency BEG has awarded incumbent DB subsidiary Südostbayernbahn a contract to operate regional passenger services on a network centred on Mühldorf for nine years from December 2016.

Siemens/Tver coaches are to be deployed on Russian Railways’ 3 217 km Paris – Moscow route from January 25. RZD says 200 000 passengers have used the service since December 2011, including 22 400 travelling between Russia and France.

EE, O2, Vodafone UK and Bouygues Telecom launched 4G mobile services in the Channel Tunnel last month.

Eisenbahnen & Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser is operating passenger services on the Rotenburg (Wümme) – Verden route on behalf of DB Regio, under a contract running for four years from December 14.