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

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

Congestion charge was one of the subjects of a public consultation into Birmingham city centre transport

Commuters reject congestion charge idea for Birmingham

A survey found just 12 per cent of those asked supported making people pay extra to use the city centre roads

Smallbrook Ringway and Birmingham city centre in 1969.

How the West Midlands became the driving force behind an urban revolution

England's obsession with the motorcar has transformed the landscape of our towns and cities forever. Sarah Probert reports


Work starts on extra car park at Birmingham Yardley Wood station

The car park at Yardley will provide 56 extra spaces in addition to the 100 already available

Priory Queensway in Birmingham is a buses only lane.

Council urged to pay back 'unfair' bus lane fines in Birmingham

Pressure mounts after Essex County Council agrees to refund £1m of its bus lane fines

170-year-old rail track could be re-opened to create link to HS2 line

Chinese ready to stump up £280m to put thousands of people within minutes of high speed interchange

Virgin Trains runs the West Coast Main Line with Stagecoach

Virgin Trains and Stagecoach seek new terms for West Coast Mail Line franchise

Earnings on London to Birmingham rail service fall by 80 per cent

Centro seeks public opinion before £14m cuts are made to transport budget

Transport authority has to reduce costs by 10 per cent over two years

London Midland's Christmas timetable changes have been criticised by Centro

London Midland cuts Christmas Eve cross city services in Birmingham

A number of trains to be removed the timetable from 2pm on December 24.

Queensway tunnel in Birmingham

Tunnels in the spotlight in Birmingham transport shake up

Queensway and St Chad's tunnels unlikely to be closed - but could be joined together.

The proposed plans for the transport redevelopment for Birmingham City Council using electric buses and an integrated transport system.

Historic plan to change transport in Birmingham

Electric buses and Oyster cards part of wider plans to get people using public transport in the city

London Midland recruits more than 50 train drivers and promises more seats

Transport company recruits more than 50 drivers and introduces 4,000 more peak-time seats on London Euston route

Spitfire Island on Chester Road

Green light for £11m Chester Road scheme

The A452 Chester Road project, which will take a year to complete, will get underway next Spring

The £8.3 million improvement plan to alleviate congestion on the A452 Chester Road has received final approval

£8.3m scheme to alleviate congestion on major commuter route approved

Work is needed to tackle jams on the regionally strategic route, improve traffic flow and upgrade facilities for pedestrians and cyclists

Birmingham commuters

£10m investment pledged to get passengers back onto trains

Centro and London Midland unite in bid to woo commuters onto the railways

National Express has been awarded a 15-year contract to run trains in North Rhine Westphalia

National Express lands £1.35bn German train deal

Transport company wins 15-year contract to run two regional services

The new-look Chiltern trains

Chiltern unveils new look Birmingham to London trains

Launch of upgraded rolling stock is part of a £5.3 million train investment programme

The current work taking place on the Queensway tunnels in the city

Birmingham tunnels re-open after summer refurbishment

The route will still have night closures for the next two weeks as workers finish the project

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