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

Planning officers have come in for criticism over the parking provision for the regeneration of the old Swan Kettleworks factory

'Birmingham is not Beijing' warns councillor as Kettleworks scheme approved

City councillor raises corners over volume of bike spaces compared with parking provision at conversion of landmark former Swan factory

Drivers in the West Midlands will soon be allowed to submit footage from dashcams to police exclusive

West Midlands Police to use 'dashcam' footage

Region's force will allow people to submit video of poor driving to be considered for prosecution case

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

Plans in for new M42 motorway services

  • M42

Region's next services near Birmingham Airport could be open by the end of 2017 and are expected to attract 80,000 vehicles a week

£5m Budget boost for Midlands transport project

Initiative to connect better the West and East Midlands has been handed a welcome shot in the arm by Chancellor George Osborne

Traffic on roads around the Salford Circus roundabout where sliproads have been closed

West Midlands among worst hit for roadworks

  • M6

New data from Highways Agency shows four projects in the region are listed among 32 classed as 'severe' so far in 2015

John Lewis will open on September 24 along with Grand Central and the completed New Street station

John Lewis and New Street opening dates announced

Developers confirm when new department store and Grand Central shopping centre will open in addition to completion of new-look railway station

The home in Tiverton Road, Selly Oak

Selly Oak traffic congestion and student houses need to be tackled say residents

Residents calling for measures to stem tide of student houses and solve traffic and parking problmes as a new Selly Oak planning policy is set be adopted by Birmingham City Council

CGI of the new dental hospital at Pebble Mill

Birmingham Dental Hospital expansion prompts more parking warnings

City planners concerned over increase dearth of parking spaces as extension of former Pebble Mill facility could cause further chaos

Map of road closures affected by Paradise development from June 2015

Birmingham traffic chaos worsens with new Paradise Circus road closures

A major road through Birmingham will be reduced to one lane later this month as part of the key £500 million scheme

Birmingham tops table for dearest parking permits

City joins Manchester at top of a countdown of UK's most expensive places for a resident's permit and even beats London borough Islington

Rotala strengthens South East footprint with Wings deal

Birmingham transport group acquires Uxbridge-based luxury coach company and adds 20 staff and 17 vehicles to its business

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

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