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


Patrick Verwer, managing director of London Midland

London Midland boss vows to focus on passengers

Head of West Midlands franchise operator says company wants to be more passenger friendly as it introduces 'shopping list' of changes in run up to franchise award

Tom O'Dell, Aldermore

Aldermore drives growth with £1m funding deal

Solihull logistics firm adds more than 60 vehicles to its fleet after securing a new invoice finance facility with challenger bank Aldermore

Black Country road improvement work to start

Troublesome junction on busy road to undergo work to improve lot for cyclists and also unlock six housing development sites

The Roundhouse will be restored as a new leisure and enterprise hub

Birmingham landmark The Roundhouse to be reborn

Listed building which was considered 'at risk' by English Heritage will be transformed into a hub for leisure and enterprise and focal point for canal network

Vow to listen to West Coast Main Line commuters' concerns

Government pledge after it published controversial plans to cut services to West Midlands locations

Blue Air is launching extra routes out of Birmingham

New Romania routes from Birmingham Airport

Eastern European carrier launches three times weekly flights to Romania's second largest city

Map of a planned new rail freight interchange in South Staffordshire

West Midlands rail hub launches consultation

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Early design options to be opened for public scrutiny at series of events to outline how major transport hub in South Staffordshire could look

Sketch of plans for a 178-bedroom hotel at Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport hotel set for green light

Planning chiefs expected to approve development of fifth hotel at transport hub

Turkish Airlines has increased its service out of Birmingham

Turkish Airlines launches double service from Birmingham

Airline increases flights out of Birmingham Airport after experiencing 'significant levels of growth' since launching here in 2008

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 train 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

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor