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

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

Stephenson Street in 1911 showing Cook's Tourist Office on the left

Thomas Cook historian solves mystery of Victorian shop sign

Engineers discovered old branding for a shipping agent while working on Midland Metro extension opposite New Street station

The steamships sign revealed by workers on the Midland Metro extension

Intriguing slice of Birmingham history revealed during Metro tram extension works

The sign has been the talk of amateur photographers and history enthusiasts keen to know more about it

West Midlands Rail chairman Coun Roger Lawrence (front left) and vice-chairman Coun Mark Winnington (front right) with other council leaders and the proposition calling for greater responsibility to be handed over for local rail services

West Midlands transport chiefs demand responsibility for region's rail services

Leaders of 14 councils in the region want the right to award franchises and set investment priorities via a new West Midlands rail organisation

New plans to prevent Birmingham's disabled children travelling miles to school

Proposals come after councillors revealed last year that some children with special educational needs were having to get up to 12 buses a day

National Express signs landmark deal with Highways Agency

Coach giant on the right road to ease congestion after agreeing deal to receive early warnings of congestion to enable evasive action

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party in England and Wales

Voters want "big changes" - and only the Greens can deliver, says party leader Natalie Bennett

The Green Party want to tax the rich, tax supermarkets and nationalise the railways. As she prepares for their annual conference in Birmingham, party leader Natalie Bennett tells the Birmingham Post why voters are going Green.

Birmingham Midland Metro

Terry Grimley: It's long overdue – but does it go far enough?

After years of delays and frustration the Midland Metro is enjoying a growth spurt. But with funding still constrained, how far can it go, asks Terry Grimley

Green transport schemes receive £3 million funding boost

Package of Birmingham and Solihull transport initiatives will strive to boost economic growth and cut carbon

Bad parking at Centro's car parks

West Midlands rail station commuters to be fined £60 for bad parking

Offenders will have 28 days to pay the fine or see it double to £120, but will have the right to appeal

An artist's impression of proposals for the HS2 Interchange Station near Birmingham Airport

HS2 'could damage priceless exhibits.... and help robbers'

Museum Trust and Post Office petition Whitehall over fears effect of new high-speed rail system could have on city's buildings

Mohammed Fiaz (Barclays), Sara Owrid (Calderhead), Kate Icke, accountant for Calderhead, Nadeem Khan (Barclays)

Calderhead expands with Barclays funding

Redditch-based Calderhead Refrigerated Transport has purchased the 1.5 acre site on Little Forge Road which will enable the company to further expand its services.

Drivers urge slow down in move to introduce 20mph limit

Seventy per cent of motorist believe drivers should be consulted before limits are imposed, says AA research

ICE Awards 2014

Institution of Civil Engineers 2014 West Midlands Awards

Digbeth business leaders outline concerns over HS2 in letter to Birmingham Post

Calls for Paternoster Place – a major promenade linking the city core with Eastside – to be fast-tracked to stop Digbeth from being cut off

Rotala to take legal action against National Express

Birmingham bus operator says claim relates to loss of revenue in contracted services division

The Sahara sands and smog that enveloped Birmingham city centre and much of the country last week

Jobs, growth and a clear vision on cutting carbon

It's not just the growing cities of China and India that are facing rising levels of city centre smog, pollution and congestion.

UK Mail in Birmingham

New board director as UK Mail chief hails company investment

Birmingham-based UK Mail to announce solid results as CEO prepares for 'transitional year'.

Great Charles Street, Queensway.

Speed limits set to rise on key Birmingham roads

Main routes such as the Middle Ring Road could see 30mph sections changed to 40mph in a bid to speed up commuter traffic

In This Week's Paper

Journalists

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