Hungarian Railways has prepared a 10-year HF24·5bn plan to rebuild 25 major stations. This will require a doubling of MAV’s present investment budget.

Intersite Property Management Services of South Africa has received 140 tender proposals for the R30m project to rebuild Pretoria station, which was burnt down on February 19 by rioting commuters. The work is planned to be completed by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Investation, Mountain Development Consortium and a consortium of Pride Property Developers with TCI Properties have been shortlisted for a contract to redevelop Cape Town station by the end of 2003.

Rodamco CR and Multi Development Corp are planning to build a large leisure and shopping complex above Praha’s Chodov metro station.

On June 14 Spanish Minister of Development Francisco Álvarez Cascos and Spanish National Railways’ President Miguel Corsini inaugurated a new shopping complex at Salamanca. Containing 32 shops, a cinema, gymnasium and restaurants, Vilalia Estación was developed by a joint venture, owned 40% by Renfe and 60% by developer Riofisa.

Amtrak is seeking proposals for the construction of a hotel or office block at Philadelphia’s 30th Street station.

Tyne & Wear Metro operator Nexus has called tenders to create an 800m2 retail development on top of Haymarket station in Newcastle upon Tyne.

German Railway subsidiary DBRent is piloting car sharing for rail travellers in Berlin and Frankfurt. In September DBRent will open a cycle hire facility in München.

Railtrack is using Kemperol polyester resin/fleece V210-free sheeting supplied by Kemper Systems to waterproof walkways and inspection hatches on the arched roof of London’s Paddington station.