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

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

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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

Midland Metro is set to run along Broad Street and beyond but council chiefs claim public transport here is a shambles

West Midlands 'needs Transport for London' style regulator

City council watchdog brands Birmingham's public transport a "shambles" as recently unveiled 20-year vision comes under microscope

The redevelopment of Curzon Street Station is one of the key projects for HS2

Qatari cash linked to HS2 scheme

Oli-rich state has Birmingham in its sights with Royal Family of Qatar said to be planning a massive investment in city Curzon Street HS2 station

Parking fees and congestion charging for Birmingham 'highly unlikely' says city cabinet member

Senior Labour group figure said the policy simply would not be introduced unless businesses and travelling public gave their backing

Traffic jam in Birmingham city centre

Congestion charging for Birmingham on the table says Sir Albert Bore

City council chief refuses to rule out parking taxes and controversial charging scheme in a bid to alleviate traffic problems in Birmingham and boost public transport usage

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

Birmingham's £4bn plan to get city moving

A new vision for transport in the city can be unveiled which is expected to revolutionise how people travel and commute across Birmingham over the next 20 years

Northgate Vehicle Hire eyes second Birmingham base

National company looks to strengthen foothold in the region and add to its ten-strong portfolio of depots across the Midlands

Moseley is one of several areas in Birmingham to get 20mph speed limits

First areas of Birmingham to have 20mph limits announced

Work on the limits in Moseley, Kings Heath, Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Balsall Heath will begin next spring at a cost of nearly £400,000

Underground motorway mooted to ease Birmingham congestion

The "super-tunnel" is one of a host of prospects put forward by Birmingham City Council to combat the full-to-bursting A38

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line whose route could change north of Birmingham

HS2 route north of Birmingham could change

Government launches consultation to enable protection of land for potential development of phase two of HS2

Wall Street in New York which will welcome direct daily flights from Birmingham next spring

American Airlines to launch direct flights to New York from Birmingham

The daily service will commence next spring and is expected to provide nearly 100,00 seats on the route

Rail boost for North 'will benefit this region'

Sir David Higgins, chairman of the planned new high speed rail line, said the new network would help the rest of the country achieve economic success

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

Cycling is not just for 'white young men', says Richard Burden MP

Birmingham MP Richard Burden hit out at Deirdre Alden's claims that Birmingham's £23 million plan to encourage cycling was discriminatory

CGI of how Kings Heath High Street might look after a major transport shake-up which would see it named a Green Travel District

New 'Green Travel Districts' for Birmingham to entice drivers out of cars

Eleven areas in the city to receive special designated status as part of a major shake-up to encourage people out of their cars.

Birmingham Box Phase 3 Smart Motorways Project - schemes such as this have been branded a safety risk by Labour MP Mary Creagh

Labour MP brands smart motorways 'not so smart'

Shadow Transport Secretary says £360m schemes designed to ease congestion on very busy sections of West Midlands motorways are a safety risk

Birmingham City Council which is planning to rate minicab firms in the city

City's minicab firms to be named and shamed

Council devises new rating system to inform public of Birmingham's best and worst taxi companies based in reliability and safety

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