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All the latest national transport news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.


Queues on the M6 around junction 4 after the northbound carriageway was closed between J5 and J6 following a fatal accident

Planning for transport is great but delivery is another thing

Public transport improvements are years away, meanwhile Birmingham and the region are being gridlocked on a regular basis

The Aston Expressway has been included in a new £254m budget for roadworks in Birmingham

Birmingham plans £254m worth of major road improvements

Aston Expressway and Dudley Road are among those to undergo repair work as part of five-year budget plan

Cars in Harborne Road, Edgbaston - such scenes have caused consternation among residents

'Outdated parking policies' have left Birmingham reeling

City councillors have vowed to carry out a full-scale review of the parking situation in the city following scores of complaints

Could the M6 Toll yet be opened up in times of major emergencies?

M6 Toll deal for emergency use could be struck

West Midlands transport bosses and government ministers agree to form new working group to tackle jams following last week's horrendous tailbacks

Aston Bridge before the collision which forced its closure 18 months ago

Aston Bridge repair work to start 18 months after closure

Infrastructure group Amey will finally begin working on the repair of vital bridge which was forced to close in 2014 after being struck twice

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron criticised over delay in decision on third Heathrow runway

PM criticised over delay in decision on third Heathrow runway as regions left in limbo

New transport initiatives to connect up the Midlands better could soon be up and running

Midlands' version of Transport for London a step closer

New devolution legislation means a joined-up transport authority for the West and East Midlands can be set up

Logistics firm One World Express is making a major investment into Birmingham

One World Express ploughs £6m into new Birmingham hub

Logistics and e-commerce firm makes first UK investment outside of London as it plans to create 140 jobs in the city over the next three years

Coun Kath Hartley and London Midland's Dave Whitley point commuters to extra Park and Ride spaces at Four Oaks station

New £2m Park and Ride at Four Oaks station

Extra free parking is expected to take more cars of the road as transport body Centro aims to cut congestion in the city

Birmingham Airport has enjoyed a record 2015

Birmingham Airport enjoys record-breaking year

Airport handles more than ten million passengers during a calender year for the first time in its 75-year history

Overruning roadworks at Spitfire Island are about to be joined by a new set at nearby junction five

More traffic misery for M6 drivers in Castle Bromwich

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Six months of new roadworks set to start next week which will add to congestion for drivers in already busy area

Certain vehicles could be forced to pay an emissions charge if travelling in Birmingham

Emissions charge for lorries foisted on Birmingham by Whitehall

Central 'clean air zone' will also be targeted at buses, taxis and vans - but not cars

Crowds arrive at Grand Central

Birmingham New Street among UK's busiest after 500,000 more visitors last year

On an average day last year, 96,747 people passed through New Street, or 4,031 in an average hour

London Midland train

Midland rail service letting down passengers, watchdog warns

London Midland rail network is letting down passengers with overcrowded trains, frequent delays and poor communication with passengers, the official passenger watchdog has warned

Birmingham business leaders urge fresh look after Heathrow delay

Pause over third runway decision is an opportunity to reassess the existing capacity which exists in UK regional airports, say chamber and airport chiefs

Could a congestion charge put an end to traffic jams in Birmingham city centre?

Congestion charge plan hidden in Birmingham budget

Possible introduction of fee to drive into Birmingham city centre is squirrelled away in the back of latest budget proposals as Tories denounce 'anti-car policy'

Call for Birmingham Airport expansion after London development plans hit by delay

Businesses want more focus on regional airports after a delay in the decision on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick

London Midland promises £13m of improvements with contract extension

Rail company will continue to operate lines between London, the West Midlands and northern England and pledges better security, cleanliness and free wi-fi

River Rea running through Austin Park in Longbridge town centre

£10m upgrade for congested Longbridge junction

Area in south Birmingham blighted by delays for years looks set to be given some welcome relief with new traffic and public transport measures

Midlands Connect has welcomed the news HS2 will be extended to Crewe six years earlier than planned

Midlands Connect welcomes confirmation of HS2 stations and new line

New transport lobby group says it will work with the Government to make sure Midlands' wider transport network is properly connected to new HS2 stations

In This Week's Paper


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Business Reporter
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Local Government Correspondent
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News Editor
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Political Editor