VEOLIA's German public transport subsidiary Veolia Verkehr announced on October 14 that its Ostseeland Verkehr business unit will cease operation of its Leipzig – Berlin – Rostock/Warnemünde InterConnex long-distance passenger services, blaming high infrastructure charges and competititon from Germany's recently-liberalised inter-city bus market for the withdrawal.
GERMAN Rail (DB), which is in the midst of a labour dispute with the GDL union over a 5% pay increase for its 37,000 traincrew, has accused private rail operators of wage dumping, an allegation that has been strongly refuted by Veolia, Germany's largest bus and rail operator.
VEOLIA Transport Sweden is set to continue operating the Swedish section of the Øresund network beyond December 2014 after it was awarded a five-year contract by Öresundståg AB, the joint company owned by six regional transport authorites which is responsible for tendering the services.
NEW Zealand's government says it will pay up to half of the $NZ 2.86bn ($US 2.21bn) cost of constructing the proposed 3.5km underground City Rail Loop in Auckland. However, the timeframe for starting the project has been extended to 2020 with no completion date specified.