THE Queensland state government is to introduce legislation to change Queensland Rail (QR) from a government-owned corporation to a statutory authority, which minister for transport Mr Scott Emerson says will lift the performance of the railway network and bring costs under control.
ISRAEL's national transport, infrastructure and roads safety minister Mr Yisarel Katz has sharply criticised new finance minister Mr Yair Lapid's plans to cut the infrastructure budget, particularly that allocated to rail, as part of efforts to reduce the country's Shekels 39bn ($US 10.76bn) budget deficit.
CHINA's former railway minister Mr Liu Zhijun, who was dismissed from the post in February 2011 for what was described at the time as "serious disciplinary violations," has been charged with bribery and abuse of power, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.
THE new China Railway Corporation (CRC) has now been launched and China's last railway minister, Mr Sheng Guangzu, has been appointed general manager. This follows the government's decision earlier this month to abolish the Ministry of Railways (MOR).
A DISPUTE between Italy's open-access high-speed operator NTV and infrastructure manager Italian Rail Network (RFI) over NTV's plan to launch a new service between Milan, Rimini and Ancona on the Adriatic coast came to a head this week.
Big infrastructure projects might be stealing the headlines, but Indian Railways' mechanical division is engaging in a critical programme of rolling stock improvements to enhance the efficiency and the environmental friendliness of its operations, as Keshav Chandra, IR board member mechanical, reveals in an exclusive interview with Kevin Smith.