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


A Midland Metro tram has been named after Ozzy Osbourne

Midland Metro tram named after Ozzy Osbourne

Legendary Black Sabbath singer will be in Birmingham this week to see the tram named in his honour as countdown begins to opening of long-awaited metro extension

David Vitásek, area sales manager for Czech Airlines (left) and William Pearson, aviation development director for Birmingham Airport, with the crew of the inaugural Czech Airlines Birmingham to Prague flight

Birmingham Airport welcomes another new carrier

Czech Airlines now offering flights between city and Prague five times a week

London Midland has been shortlied to run the West Midlands franchise

London Midland joins Far East firms on rail franchise shortlist

Government unveils final three bidders vying to operate crucial West Midlands franchise which runs trains journeys across the city region

New cash has been allocated to councils to repair West Midlands potholes

New cash to fill thousands of West Midlands potholes

Government allocates £5.7m to region's councils to tackle increasing blight of deteriorating roads

The scene on the M6 last month after a fatal collision brought the motorway to a standstill

Talks held with Midland Expressway over future M6 Toll use

West Midlands transport chiefs say road is not being marketed well enough as calls grow for greater access to private motorway

Major rail disruption over Easter as upgrades carried out in Midlands

Work is part of £250m project to free up bottlenecks in Midlands

An aerial view of the M42 Junction 6 which serves the M42 and airport

M42 'needs new junction' to cope with HS2 station

Airport calls for major infrastructure boost on back of high speed rail

Brummies spent 37 hours stck in traffic last year, new figures have revealed.

Confusion around the congestion charge and the £2 million budget black hole

Plus another close shave for Birmingham's lollipop ladies (and men) and a  cabinet member's 40 minute fillibuster

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

In This Week's Paper


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