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

Amey has come under fire from the city council for the quality of its road repairs in Birmingham

City dispute with Amey stepped up

Council has £2.7bn contract with Amey but has been locked in a dispute since the autumn over the quality of road repairs meaning an independent adjudicator is being brought in

Birmingham Airport ban for ageing black cabs

Taxis which have passed their tenth birthday will not be allowed to use rank at airport form next month

RMT ballots West Midlands members on 'derisory' pay offer

  • RMT

Vote could lead to first national rail strike in 20 years and bring chaos to the country's network if staff back ballot

A slight rebrand for Birmingham Airport could be a way to lure US passengers, according to its chief executive

'Shakespeare's Airport' could help Birmingham crack US market

Rebrand for Birmingham Airport is not such a daft idea says chief executive Paul Kehoe following similar ploy to woo Chinese visitors

West Midlands' most prolific speed cameras rack up £3.3m in fines

Freedom of Information request shows top 30 sites in the region for clocking speeding drivers during 2014

M6 Toll Road

Transport Minister: We'd look at opening up the M6 Toll

Government Transport Minister John Hayes said he'd listen to pleas to use the M6 Toll road to ease jams

The beach outside The Riu Palace Macao in the Dominican Republic

Flights from Birmingham to Caribbean as Thomson and First Choice expands

Flights to Punta Cana are among five routes being added by the airline in summer 2016, along with Agadir, in Morocco, Sardinia, Izmir in Turkey and Split in Croatia

Map showing changes to city centre bus routes from May 10, 2015

'Stay away' from Paradise as transport chiefs warn of gridlock

Next phase of traffic works in £500m redevelopment to start in May with Paradise Circus island to be partially closed and several bus routes diverted

The M6 Toll could help ease congestion around Birmingham says the city's transport chief

Call for M6 Toll owner to drop charges for the summer

Birmingham's transport chief wants the paid-for road to become free for frieght until August to help ease the jams around the city

Camp Hill Locks in Birmingham

Revolutionary lock 'could transform' Birmingham's canal network

Inventor calls for regeneration of Camp Hill Locks and a regeneration of city's run-down waterways

Nigel Farage on the campaign trail at Himley Hall in Dudley

Farage claims business backing for HS2 is 'to gain contracts'

Outspoken UKIP leaders reiterates stance that party would scrap high-speed rail link amid fears it would benefit London more than Birmingham

Birmingham school plans rejected over transport fears

East Birmingham Network's proposal hits the buffers as planning chiefs say nearby road in Erdington is too busy

The opening hours of the £17m entrance to Snow Hill in Livery Station could be extended

Opening hours for Snow Hill station entrance could be extended

£17m entrance which shuts at 7pm every night described as 'absolute farce' as Centro pledges to reassess whether they can be extended

Ed Balls has 'slapped Midlands in the face' over HS2 - Cameron

Prime Minister accuses opposition of 'immense slap in the face' after Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he wants to build a new line running east to west across the country before completing phase two of HS2

CGI of latest plans for the Navigation Street footbridge which will now be covered in an aluminium coating

Green light for New Street station footbridge after previous plans scrapped

Ongoing debacle over railway footbridge takes another turn as new cladding proposals are approved by city council following fears that steel skirting would be too heavy

Worst roads in the West Midlands revealed

Delays abound on these ten hotspots for traffic jams as new research also suggest drivers in the region spent 74 hours waiting in traffic last year

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

Labour wants new east-west rail line before completing HS2, says Ed Balls

Plans for a high speed line linking Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester will take a back seat to proposals for a new east-west line under Labour, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has revealed

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

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