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

Midlands Connect has welcomed the news HS2 will be extended to Crewe six years earlier than planned

Midlands Connect welcomes confirmation of HS2 stations and new line

New transport lobby group says it will work with the Government to make sure Midlands' wider transport network is properly connected to new HS2 stations

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Birmingham's HS2 link to the north to open ahead of schedule in 2027

HS2 phase 2a between Birmingham and Crewe will open six years early, bringing an economic boost to the Midlands, the north and Scotland, says Chancellor George Osborne

Digital advertising hoardings are causing concern among councillors as more are approved

'Full review needed' of Birmingham's illuminated ad boards

City councillors say Birmingham is becoming a mess as another group of digital advertising boards is awarded planning permission

HS2 compensation for families 'treated with contempt'

Company set up to build high speed rail between London and Birmingham to thousands to families in Staffordshire after two-year period of 'severe stress'

Closure of Birmingham Children's Hospital car park to build cancer centre 'ridiculous'

Birmingham councillor Deirdre Alden has condemned plans by Birmingham Children's Hospital to build a new state-of-the-art cancer centre on a former 300-space car park.

The full tram extension to New Street station will now not open until next year

Midland Metro extension will complete in 2016

Transport body Centro said first phase to Bull Street would open in December but work on the rest of the new line to New Street station would be scaled back to minimise impact on the festive period

Tens of thousands of people in the West Midlands commute for more than three hours

Huge surge in giant commutes in the West Midlands

New data shows an 87 per cent increase in people on the road for more than 180 minutes a day in the region

A Ryanair Boeing 737 in flight. The airline expects to grow its operations at Birmingham Airport by 25 per cent

Ryanair adds Madrid and Verona routes to Birmingham schedule

The Irish airline is also set to launch new routes to Madrid and Verona in addition to those to Corfu and Vilnius

Birmingham to offer scheduled flights to China

Airport to become the first UK airport to offer a service to Hangzhou

Flights from Birmingham to Doha will be offered on Qatar Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliners

New Doha flights as Qatar Airways signs up with Birmingham Airport

Eight flights a week will travel to Hamad International Airport, in the Qatari capital, from next March

Carol Anne O'Neill, Ryanair's head of sales and marketing

Ryanair unveils plans to grow by 25 per cent at Birmingham Airport

Growth at Birmingham includes two new twice weekly routes to the Greek island of Corfu and the Lithuanian capital Vilnius as well as additional flights to Alicante, Barcelona, Dublin, Malaga, Malta and Palma

From left: Coun Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2, Transport Under-Secretary of State Robert Goodwill MP and Coun Anne Western, leader of Derbyshire County Council, sign up at the Midlands Connect launch

Midlands Connect launches mission for 300,000 jobs

New partnership signed between the Government and transport body aims to cut journey times between the East and West Midlands

Artist's impression of the planned HS2 station at Curzon Street, Birmingham

Midlands Connect transport group could get new powers and funding to help create 'Engine for Growth'

Project to improve links between Birmingham and Nottingham could be given formal powers in a government devolution bill

Chief executive of Balsall Heath Forum Abdullah Rehman and architect Joe Holyoak in Ladypool Road

Resounding 'yes' vote for Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan

Residents of Birmingham suburb back plan to give people a greater say in development and transport

New research suggests a further 750,000 people could pass through Birmingham Airport as a result of HS2

HS2 'could attract 750,000 extra passengers' to Birmingham Airport

New report published today also suggests high-speed rail line between Birmingham and London could help airport deliver an additional £34m to the West Midlands per year

A new road is to be built which will link the M6 Toll with the M54

£1.8bn upgrade for Midlands roads

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A link road between the M54 and the M6 Toll and new smart motorway signs are among the projects which will go ahead following a new batch of government funding

Work progressing on the Midland Metro tram line outside of House of Fraser last summer

Q&A: Everything you need to know about Metro trams in Birmingham

With the Grand Central, John Lewis and New Street openings out of the way, the launch of the Metro from New Street to Snow Hill station is next on the agenda for the city

Gary and Chris Burke from Burke Bros Moving Group

Midland removals firm boss lays bare Calais nightmares

Gary Burke, managing director of Burke Bros Moving Group, said there was a rising tide of concern over security at the French border amid the refugee crisis

Traffic on the M6 at a standstill after the lorry crash

Congestion costing West Midlands' economy £1bn

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Crashes on the M6 - including two during the pastweek - along with poor infrastructure and road works bringing region to halt

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady in Birmingham

Rail fare rises 'outstrip wages by three times'

A study by the Action for Rail campaign showed that season tickets and other regulated fares had increased by 25% since 2010, while average pay went up by 9%

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