The future of the West Midlands rail network was surrounded in confusion after the region's train operator was granted an 18-month stay of execution.
The Central Trains rail franchise is to continue until Autumn 2007, Ministers announced.
The franchise covers West Midlands commuter trains as well as a number of long-distance services that pass through Birmingham,
Last year, Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced the network would be split up among different operators on March 31 2006.
But progress finding a new operator has been slow - and rail industry sources have accused Government officials of dragging their feet.
A number of Birmingham bus lanes could be scaled back and some scrapped after a review of traffic congestion measures.
Although decisions are yet to be taken there are likely to be radical changes next year, city council cabinet transportation member Len Gregory has confirmed.
Members of the public who contributed ideas to the council's congestion task force were overwhelmingly of the view that Birmingham had too many bus lanes, some of which were not needed, Coun Gregory (Con Billesley) said.
The suspension of the A38 Tyburn Road bus lane was working well and had freed traffic flows rather than causing increased congestion, Coun Gregory told a scrutiny committee.
Coun Gregory added: "Everyone I speak to is absolutely delighted about the effect and the fact that there is a free traffic flow. The suspension of the bus lane seems to have caused very little hindrance.
Tony Blair admitted to pupils at a Birmingham school that "a lot of luck" is required to become Prime Minister.
Responding to a question posed by 11-year-old Lauren Thomas at Bournville School and Sixth Form Centre, he joked good fortune had smoothed his path to Downing Street.
The Prime Minister was in the city to officially open a new #750,000 inclusion unit at the school when he was challenged by the inquisitive youngster.
She asked: "How do you get to be Prime Minister?"
Smiling broadly, Mr Blair replied: "It's a long story. There is a lot of luck in it."
A criminal justice system roadshow bus will be visiting the West Midlands this week and inviting visitors to take a 'would you make a good witness?' test as part of a week-long campaign to increase awareness and understanding of how the system works.
Inside Justice week has been launched to encourage individuals and communities to engage with the different CJS agencies and show them how they can help deliver justice and why it matters.
The roadshow will visit Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Solihull and Merry Hill, and give people the chance to find out how good their powers of observation and memory are.
The 'witnesses' watch a DVD which shows a burglary from the points of view of four witnesses and are then asked the questions they would be asked by police if they were giving a real statement, such as what happened, and a description of the offenders and getaway vehicle.
Read more on these stories in Wednesday's Birmingham Post