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

New funding for West Midlands road repairs

Department for Transport allocates almost £40m towards West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority projects

Sadie Morgan, chair of the HS2 Design Panel

Sadie Morgan to chair HS2 Design Panel

Ms Morgan, who co-founded London-based dRMM architects in 1995 and is currently president of the Architectural Association, will chair the HS2 Design Panel, a body that will oversee all the design elements of the project

American Airlines to spread the news of Birmingham

US airline says it is keen to promote city as a destination ahead of launch of flights to JFK Airport in May

CGI of how the Metro trams would look in High Street Deritend

Midland Metro route through Digbeth chosen

Public picks tramline which will take in High Street Deritend and service Custard Factory and coach station

Hagley Road is one of several in Birmingham set to have new cycle lanes

City's cycling revolution 'could create congestion'

Tory group leader hits out at £30m investment into cycling which he claims will cause more road blockages rather than free them up

City's road dispute with Amey worsens

Birmingham councillors describe driving through city as 'like being at sea' as Amey launches counter-claim over quality of roads in 2010 when contract started

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Transport Secretary says Midlands needs joint strategy on transport

Patrick McLoughlin has called on the region to formulate ambitious plans to improve and revitalise the region's transport network

Birmingham International Airport

Flights from China to Birmingham across the summer announced

Flights from Beijing will bring thousands of Chinese tourists to the region, as Birmingham Airport uses Shakespeare to promote itself in the Far East

The Women on Wheels cycle club in Handsworth Park, Instructor Sabriha Abdou takes the ladies round the lake.

£30m boost to Birmingham cycling scene

  • NHS

The city council has been awarded a £22.1 million Department for Transport grant which, topped up with £7.9 million local funding

Nir Erez, founder of Moovit, with VP Alex Torres

Public transport app Moovit launches in the Midlands

The launch follows a test phase which saw 40,000 people trialling the app throughout the region

Roadworks on the A452 Chester Road, in Castle Bromwich, will now be in situ until October

More misery for Birmingham motorist as roadworks overrun

Widening of Chester Road in Castle Vale will take a further three months to complete due to moving utilities

Birmingham Airport has recorded another record month

Record January for Birmingham Airport

Travel hub saw passenger numbers increase by 11.1 per cent compared to same period in 2014

The Uber app being used as the car-sharing service

Apps Uber and GetTaxi to battle for Birmingham

Mobile services to pit black cabs and private hire against each other in the city as they launch in Birmingham on the same day

Birmingham Airport blow as Flybe axes five destinations

Airline sheds European routes but promises move will not result in job losses as it introduces new destinations as part of changes

Mechu in Summer Row is among the venues affected by the Paradise Circus redevelopment

Paradise project puts £2m facelift of Summer Row bars on ice

Businesses already feeling the pinch after just a month of major project to re-route city centre road system

City council transport chief praises motorists' patience during traffic jams

  • M6

Several simultaneous roadwork projects are causing gridlock throughout the city and around the M6

Gone to pot? City council in dispute with repairs contractor Amey over quality of roads

Officials considering enforcing penalty clauses in 25-year long contract

Lauro Rodi, Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance, Roy Langford, West Midlands Hire & Haulage and Philip Hyde, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking

Lloyds funding deal enables West Midlands Hire & Haulage to expand vehicle fleet

Through the financial package provided by Lloyds Bank, the firm’s owner, JB Langford and Co, has invested in several modern vehicles

More HS2 compensation for affected residents

Latest package of measures aims to help homeowners living between 60 and 120 metres from the high-speed line

Flooding on the A34 in Perry Barr causing traffic chaos and lengthy tailbacks due to the closure of the flyover

Birmingham commuters won't be compensated for Perry Barr flood

Cars and buses were left stuck in queues for up to five hours and shops and businesses lost trade when a pump on the A34 Birchfield Road underpass failed

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor