London Overground train.

Seine-Amont Développement has appointed consultant Barton Willmore to advise on regeneration opportunities from a planned 10·4 km tram line to Paris Orly Airport.

The UK government has agreed to devolve responsibility for three inner-suburban rail services out of London Liverpool Street station to Transport for London, which would appoint an operator under a concession similar to the London Overground contract; exact details are still to be finalised. Funding has also been allocated for electrifying the orbital Gospel Oak – Barking line at a cost of £115m.

ADB is to provide a US$500m loan for the construction of the first phase of Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 2.

The Indian government has extended the life of the Ministry of Railways/Government of Maharashtra joint railway development agency Mumbai Railway Vikas Corp for a further five years to July 11 2019. This matches the completion date of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase II and will facilitate integration of suburban rail capacity enhancement plans with the city’s urban development plan.

A southeastern extension to the Xinzhuang Line in Taipei opened on June 29. The extension from Fu Jen University to Huilong includes one intermediate station at Danfeng.