Section 4 has three stations at Chichén Itzá, Valladolid and Cancun and the double-track electrified line will run in the median of the D180 highway for 225km of its length. A Pesos 25bn contract to build section four was awarded directly to the Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) consortium, the concessionaire which runs the public-private Mérida – Cancun highway.

Egis, Triada and Transconsult will supervise construction of railway track and structures and adaptation works on the road. The contract also includes works supervision for the construction of a maintenance centre close to Vallodolid and various structures, including road and rail bridges, wildlife crossings and footbridges.

China: Shenzhen Metro has published a tender to equip signalling systems on the city’s 40.5km under construction Line 12. The contract will cover the installation of signalling equipment and software in 33 stations and 56 trains, as well as the provision of spare parts, testing instruments and tools. Line 12 is due to open in 2022.

Britain: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded a five-year contract to Freyssinet to carry out tunnel lining improvements works as part of the modernisation of Glasgow Subway. The contract covers infilling of annulus voids, leak sealing and water management on the city’s 10km Inner Circle and Outer Circle lines.

Glasgow Subway has awarded a five-year maintenance contract to Freyssinet.

Hungary: National operator MÁV-Start has announced the completion of a Forints 17.7bn ($US 58.4m) upgrade of Kaposvár station into an intermodal transport hub after two-and-a-half years of work.

Australia: Genton Architecture has been announced as the lead designer for upgrades to Melbourne’s Glenroy station. The work will include the removal of the Glenroy Road level crossing, a significant cause of congestion in the area.

Argentina: The Argentinean Ministry of Transport has begun tendering for contracts to upgrade two sections of the Constitución - La Plata branch of the Roca railway. The Pesos 4bn ($US 49.45m) project will be carried out over 18 months, and will be funded through a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Germany: German Rail (DB) has awarded THG, a subsidiary of Eurovia, two works contracts worth a combined €67m. The first covers the redevelopment of Bonn Beuel station, for completion in 2023, and the second covers the renovation of 8km of existing track and the laying of 3.3km of new track on the Leverkusen-Rheindorf - Langenfeld-Berghausen line.

Greece: Infrastructure manager Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) has announced that it will invest €2.3m in improvements to the Katakolo - Pirgos - Olympia metre-gauge line. The money will come exclusively from regionalisation funds, and will cover the refurbishment of 11 level crossings, two bridges and stations over the next two years.

Poland: Solidarity Transport Hub Sp. zoo, the project manager for the Solidarity Transport Hub (STH) intermodal rail and airport project, has published tenders for technical, economic and environmental studies on four sections of new line: Ostrołęka - Łomża; Trawniki - Zamość; Warsaw West - Łódź Niciarniana; and Warsaw West - Łódź Niciarniana.

Thailand: The Thai government has announced that work on Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station is on track for completion next year after eight years of work carried out by Sino-Thai Engineering Construction. The 12-platform regional transport hub will serve mainline, high-speed and metro services, and is expected to be used by 600,000 daily passengers.

Tracklaying work on Paris Line T12 got underway on November 6.

France: Île-de-France Mobility has announced that track laying is underway on the Paris T12 light rail line. Track laying began in mid-November at Treaty of Rome roundabout, and will progress towards the centre of Évry-Courcouronnes, with the work expected to be completed in spring 2021.

Netherlands: ProRail has completed a 12-day programme of infrastructure improvements and maintenance around Rotterdam Central and the HSL-Zuid high-speed line. The work included the replacement of track and switches around the station, as well as the installation of wind screens on the Hollands Diep bridge.

Britain: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has selected contractors to deliver a range of works in southern England as part of a £200m Southern Buildings and Civils (SBC) Framework, which will start in November 2020 and run for up to eight years. The framework covers design and construction and repair work on buildings and other infrastructure.