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URUGUAY: State railway AFE was due to begin track renewals between Tacuarembó and Rivera last month, having begun to move rail for the project from a site near Peñarol using wagons supplied by Italian State Railways. Manufactured in Russia, the rail had been in storage since 1999.

Meanwhile, infrastructure authority CFU is currently considering bids to undertake track renewals on a further 414 km of the networ.

With work completed on the 6 km from central Montevideo to Sayago, work is now underway to install Safetran level crossing gates on the routes from Sayago to Colón and Peñarol. The gates have been supplied by Autotrol of Argentina, which was awarded a contract to upgrade 75 crossings.