BRAZIL's 11 railfreight concessionaires achieved a 1% increase in traffic to 475 million tonnes last year, but this was well below their forecast of 530 million tonnes, according to figures released by Brazil's National Association of Rail Transport (ANTF).
THE first commercial ETCS Level 3 system is now in operation on the Västerdal freight line in central Sweden, declared Mr Paul Frøsig of the International Union of Railways (UIC) at the UIC ERTMS World Conference in Stockholm last month.
TWO Japanese-Indian consortia - Sojitz-L&T and Mitsui, Ircon and Leighton - have prequalified for civil works on a 640km section of the 1499km western dedicated freight corridor which will eventually connect Jawaharlal Nehru Port Terminal in Mumbai with Tughlakabad/ Dadri freight terminal in Delhi.
INTERNATIONAL freight and passenger services between the Czech Republic and southern Germany could see substantial improvements under an agreement signed by the Czech deputy transport minister Mr Ivo Vykydal, and Mr Martin Zeil, the Bavarian minister of transport, in the Bavarian town of Hof.
Liberalisation of Polish railfreight has arguably been a great success, with open-access operators now controlling almost half of the market. But with high fixed costs and static volumes, the industry still faces fundamental challenges, as Keith Barrow discovers.
Russian private freight operator Globaltrans' purchase of the railway assets of mining company Metalloinvest reflects the increasing liberalisation of the Russian freight market, as chairman Alexander Eliseev (pictured) explains to Kevin Smith.