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Switzerland's fire damaged St Gotthard tunnel where 11 people died in October reopened on 21 December 2001. Heavy goods traffic is only allowed to run in one direction at a time (News last month).

Consultants Binnie Black & Veatch and URS Consulting (Singapore) have been appointed to undertake the feasibility and preliminary design studies for the Eastern Region Line in Singapore. The S$4.2M ($2.3M) project will look at intra-and inter-urban rail options in an area that is served only by bus.

New president of IABSE, the International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering is Professor Manabu Ito. He succeeds Klaus Ostenfeld.

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