THE inauguration of the light rail network in Besançon on August 30 was notable not only because it brings trams back to this French city of 115,000 inhabitants for the first time in 62 years but also because it shines a spotlight on what it costs to build a tram network, and most importantly, how smaller cities can do the job for less.
DENMARK's transport minister Mr Magnus Heunicke officially launched preliminary construction on September 2 on a DKr 9.3bn ($US 1.64bn) project to rebuild the 115km Ringsted – Holeby line, which will become the main rail link between Scandinavia and Germany when the 18km Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link opens in 2021.
GERMAN Rail (DB), which is in the midst of a labour dispute with the GDL union over a 5% pay increase for its 37,000 traincrew, has accused private rail operators of wage dumping, an allegation that has been strongly refuted by Veolia, Germany's largest bus and rail operator.
POLISH rolling stock manufacturer Newag issued its first half results on August 29, with net profits rising 147% to Zlotys 35.8m ($US 11.1m) and revenue reaching Zlotys 391.9m, a 37% increase compared with the corresponding period in 2013.
TIANJIN Binhai International Airport joined the Tianjin metro network on August 28 with the start of commercial services on the 4km eastern extension of Line 2 from Konggangjingjiqu to the airport's newly-completed Terminal 2.