A three-year memorandum signed by China and Myanmar in 2011 for construction of a US$20bn Kyaukpyu – Kunming railway has expired, and the government of Myanmar has said local opposition means the project will not now go ahead.

The Dutch government has decided that management of stations in the Netherlands is to remain the joint responsibility of ProRail and NS, rather than being transferred to ProRail, local authorities or commercial concerns.

By the end of the year Belarus Railways is to begin work to electrify the line from Molodechno to the Lithuanian border, under a project to cut Minsk – Vilnius journey times from 2½ h to 2 h by the end of 2015.

Indian logistics company GatewayRail Freight opened its third rail-served terminal on August 1, at Faridabad near New Delhi.

Canadian National is offering a fleet integration programme for grain, oilseed and special crop shippers who wish to supply covered hopper wagons for its Western Canadian common fleet. Participants will get year-round wagon supply from CN’s fleet and priority in order confirmation and service planning.

As part of the project to upgrade northwestern Spain’s A Coruña – Vigo route for high speed operation, a 13 km double-track alignment between Portela and Pontevedra built at a cost of €1556m opened on July 31.

The Land of Bayern has extended DB Regio’s contract to operate Nürnberg S-Bahn services by one year to December 9 2018.