Estonia: Rail Baltica promoter RB Rail has awarded a joint venture of Civitta Estonia and Railistics a €140 000 contract to undertake a feasibility study for a freight terminal at Pärnu. ETC Transport Consultants, Ernst & Young Baltic and AECOM had also bid.

Singapore: LTA has awarded a consortium of Siemens and ST Engineering Electronics an S$18·8m contract to develop a rail enterprise asset management system. to be operational on the Downtown Line by mid-2020, with the other lines to follow.

Switzerland: SBB has selected Amadeus to supply a booking system incorporating online, mobile and at-station sales covering Switzerland and neighbouring countries. 'Customers will be able to access better information on international fares and simpler ticketing', said Alexander Gellner, Head of International Distribution & Marketing at SBB.

UK: Leasing company Porterbrook has announced a partnership with data science and cloud architecture consultancy Elastacloud, saying the companies had identified 'at least 30' key performance indicators across the rolling stock sector that might be improved through AI.

Using technology from the Nevis Technologies joint venture of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Rambus, ScotRail is to launch a mobile ticketing pilot scheme which will enable passengers to buy, store and use tickets directly from a smartphone, without paper tickets or smart cards.

USA: Southern California Regional Rail Authority has awarded INIT a contract to modernise the Metrolink fare collection system with 155 new ticket vending devices, seven ticket office machines and an account-based back-office system.