AN INFRASTRUCTURE improvement programme for the Montréal metro costing C$309·4m was announced on March 22 following approval by the federal, provincial and city governments.

Forming part of the Infrastructure Canada-Québec 2000 Programme, the work includes replacing 41 escalators and two moving walkways in the initial 26-station network. Other elements in the package are updating of the train control system and better telecommunications.

The programme is the first phase of the 10-year, C$1bn Réno-Systèmes project. The two remaining phases include replacement of rolling stock that dates from 1966.