The SFr 100m ($US 101.8m) project will provide additional capacity for more fast connections on the Basle - Delémont - Biel/Bienne route.

GERMANY: The network in the state of Hesse is set to be expanded, with €20bn of investment planned over the coming decade.

“On the one hand, there is a noticeable relief for the Frankfurt metropolitan area and, on the other hand, it is about strengthening the connection to rural areas,” says Hessian economics and transport minister, Mr Tarek Al-Wazir.

The project aims to increase capacity by 30%.

NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Bane Nor marked the start of construction work on a project to track-double the 13.6km Nykirke - Barkåker line in the Vestfold region.

Minister of Transport, Mr Knut Arild Hareide broke the ground for the project.

The NKr 6.6bn ($US 710.8m) project includes track- doubling the line, as well as the construction of a new station at Skoppum. Salini Impregilo and Impresa Pizzarotti, Italy, will undertake the project, which will allow four trains to operate per hour in each direction between Tønsberg and Oslo when completed in 2024.

SPAIN: The regional government of Madrid has announced a tender worth €14.5m to renew up to 179km track on the Madrid metro network over four years.

The Madrid metro has 294km of double track.

The track renewal will primarily focus on renewing stretches reaching the end of their useful life. Metro Madrid is undertaking preventive maintenance on the track to ensure safety and guarantee service quality.

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