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

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

Traffic this week on roads around the Salford Circus roundabout by junction six of the M6 where sliproads have been closed

'We warned you' say city council bosses over traffic chaos

Authority insists city-wide road works were unavoidable as drivers face months of misery sitting in huge tailbacks

£500m to fix West Midlands' potholes

New fighting fund aims to tackle blight of damaged roads around the region in a first for local councils

At Stechford Station, from left: Coun Neil Eustace, Coun Carol Jones, John Hemming MP and Coun Barbara Jackson

Stechford Station campaign wins battle for new lifts

Campaigners have been fighting for better access for wheelchair user and people with pushchairs who faced the '92-step marathon'

Budget airline Norwegian will be starting services to Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga from Birmingham Airport in 2015

Budget airline Norwegian to launch Spanish services from Birmingham Airport

The airline will offer regular services to the Spanish destinations, with Madrid becoming a brand new one from Birmingham

CGI of the new motorway services on the M42 near Catherine de Barnes

£65m roads plan on M42 to create 300 jobs

  • M42

New motorway service station mooted for site close to Birmingham Airport, the first in the region since 1999

Passenger fury at almost 6,400 minutes of Snow Hill rail route delays

Failures on a busy commuter route causes misery for passengers after signalling problems lead to full shut down of some tracks

The specially designed muncher at work at New Street station

'Muncher' makes light work of New Street station project

Natural light bathes passenger concourse for first time in almost half a century as new pictures reveal progress ahead of grand opening next year

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