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Mayflower has won a contract to build 330 new buses for Stagecoach at its Alexander factory in Falkirk, which will safeguard hundreds of jobs.
Stena Line is to launch a new Ropax freight and passenger ship to replace the Stena Challenger between Holyhead and Ireland next spring, in order to double the capacity and reduce the sailing time.
BAA has announced plans to invest £90m at Gatwick airport to improve facilities at the north terminal.
First Group has bought Hertz Group, the Canadian school bus operator, for £11m.
Safestore is planning to open at least two self-storage centres in central London over the coming months.
Cammell Laird is to receive £32m of government aid to help win a £344m contract to build two luxury cruise ships, which should create or secure 1,000 jobs at Birkenhead and Tyneside.
Airbus has launched a new programme to develop the A380 superjumbo, which should lead to the creation of 22,000 UK jobs at sites in Bristol, Broughton and elsewhere.
BAA has indicated that it will have to invest a further £150m at Heathrow to prepare the airport to handle the Airbus superjumbo when it enters service in 2006.
BAA is setting up a £177m property investment partnership with Scottish Widows to acquire and develop airport warehouses.
The government has announced plans to invest £8.4bn in local transport over the next five years, including 39 new road schemes, traffic calming measures and light rail systems.
Securicor has bought the aviation security and commercial guarding operations of AHL Services of the US for £127m, as part of a strategy to develop a leading global security business.
Arriva has bought the WBC bus operations in High Wycombe from Go-Ahead for £5m.
The Post Office will be required to open its infrastructure to other companies at reasonable prices when the letters market is opened to competition next year, according to the newly-formed Postal Services Commission.
Nexus is seeking 93 new staff to operate the Sunderland extension of the Tyne & Wear Metro railway service.
Associated British Ports has announced plans to build a £1m fertiliser terminal at the port of Ayr to handle bulk imports from Norway.
Virgin Atlantic is to expand its airline business and launch new routes next year with the creation of 1,700 jobs, including 450 ground crew, 250 pilots and 1,000 cabin crew.
Mentmore Abbey is to acquire Datavault UK, the records management company, through its Iron Mountain Europe joint venture, and the deal will be funded by a £16m share placing.
CPG Logistics is to create 100 new jobs in Gosport having won a £22m contract to distribute telecoms products for IBM.
Biggin Hill Airport has won permission from the High Court to transform itself into a luxury terminus for business passengers.
The Post Office is planning to set up a £6.4m administration centre at its former Fitzalan Square site in Sheffield with up to 300 new jobs, while a further 100 jobs could be created at its new business management centre in Barnsley.
Associated British Ports has sold Red Runnel, its Southampton-based ferry business, to a subsidiary of investment bank JP Morgan for £71m.
The Post Office is planning to avoid current delays on the railway by sending more mail by air this Christmas, which will involve the expansion of its Skynet service to 67 flights a night.
Associated British Ports has obtained 14.8 acres of land for the £8.5m expansion of Ipswich Port along the east bank of the River Orwell, and is now seeking potential occupiers for the site.
Arriva has entered the Portuguese bus market through the acquisition of Ami-Transportes, Joao Carlos Soares & Pilhos and Viaco Costa Lino.
Christian Salvesen is to acquire Darfeuille Associes, the French industrial logistics company, for up to £36m, and is now seeking acquisitions in Italy and the Benelux region.
The Ministry of Defence is considering plans to base Chinook helicopters at the Royal Naval Air Station in Somerset, which could lead to the creation of up to 900 jobs at Yeovilton.
Tibbett & Britten has won a nationwide logistics contract from Mothercare, which will involve 300 staff at the Daventry International Distribution Centre.
Airbus UK is to create hundreds of new jobs at its main sites in Bristol and Broughton next year, due to rising demand for aircraft wings.
P&O has won planning permission to set up a new ferry terminal at Liverpool docks.
TWR Rail is to create a further 26 jobs at its Derby-based rail design business, and plans to move to new premises at the Wyvern Business Park in January.
Manchester Airport is to get 400 new jobs as it prepares for the opening of the £172m second runway next February, including 240 at British Midland, 100 at Sabre Airways and 60 at Airtours.
Exor Corporation, the developer of road and rail management systems, has raised £3.5m from 3i to expand its workforce and to build relationships with project management consultancies.
Lyreco of France is to invest £28m in a new office supplies distribution depot in Telford, with the creation of 400 jobs.
US Airways is to accelerate plans to expand its new European reservation centre in Liverpool, and expects to have a staff of 150 by next summer.
AEA Technology Rail is planning to set up a new £14m headquarters at Pride Park in Derby by the end of next year.
Bowen Travel has bought the travel division of the Appleby's holiday firm, which operates 115 buses in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
The Timber Growers Association has welcomed an announcement by the Scottish Forestry Minister to double the grant to take timber transport off Scotland's roads and on to rail and sea, with £36m now being allocated for new infrastructure.
Cammell Laird is to create up to 300 short-term jobs on Tyneside having won a Ministry of Defence contract to refurbish the helicopter support ship Argus.
Booz Allen & Hamilton is conducting a feasibility study on proposals to establish a rail link from Fife directly to Edinburgh airport.
London City Airport is seeking planning permission for a £20m expansion project that will involve increases in runway capacity and the number of aircraft parking stands, as it aims to more than double passenger volumes by 2010.
Reading Buses has been given permission by the government's traffic commissioner to start an emergency timetable and cut 120 journeys a day, as it is short of 40 drivers.
The Post Office is considering plans to set up joint ventures with the private sector in order to increase efficiency in areas such as cleaning, security, vehicle maintenance, training, accountancy, legal and IT.
The Post Office has formed a joint venture with ProLogis Kingspark to submit plans for a 230,000 sq ft automated sorting office at Bromley-by-Bow in London.
Ryanair is planning to set up a fifth base in Europe for its low-cost airline business next year, and discussions are taking place with six potential airport sites.
Newcastle Airport is looking for a company to invest in the site and acquire the 49% stake currently held by seven local authorities.
Big Yellow Self Storage is planning to set up a further 50 warehouses over the next three years, and is seeking suitable sites on major roads.
British Airways is considering plans to set up a new hub in mainland Europe to ease congestion at Heathrow, with possible sites including Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol airports.
Powell Duffryn, the ports and engineering group, is to be acquired by Nikko for £507m, and the Japanese broking house is expected to sell off the engineering operations in order to focus on ports and shipping.
Cammell Laird has signed a contract worth up to £344m to build two cruise ships for a new company called Luxus, which will create work at yards on Tyneside, Teesside, Merseyside and Gosport if a government subsidy can be secured.
Cherwell Logistics is to set up a new £0.3m base for its pallet transport service at Enstone in Oxfordshire by the end of this year.
Arriva is to invest £9m in the purchase of 109 new buses for the north west.
Mayne Nickless is selling its UK express transport businesses, including Parceline and Interlink Express, to GeoPost Intermediate of France for £188m.
Potter Group is to open a £7m railhead at Knowsley Industrial Park on Merseyside next month, which will help to take 35,000 lorry journeys off local roads in the first year.
Seaham Harbour Dock Company has awarded a £11m contract to Shepherd to build a warehouse at Seaham docks in County Durham.
Go-Via has won the South Central rail franchise, and is planning to invest £1.5bn on the routes from London to Sussex and Surrey over the next 20 years.
Port of Felixstowe is seeking permission to build 270 metres of new quays, as part of a £70m expansion project to accommodate the world's largest container ships.
Urbandrop has set up a network of 400 independent convenience stores to take delivery of goods ordered via the internet, and will launch the e-fulfilment service in London next month.
Railtrack is to move into the serviced office market through its Spacia property division, and plans to set up 25 business centres in major cities.
Royal Mail has submitted plans to build a third new sorting office in Gloucester, as part of a £7m investment in the city.
P&O Cruises is to set up a call centre in Southampton in December with the creation of up to 100 jobs, and further departments will be moved from London next year.
Sea Containers is investing £8m in the redevelopment of the West Quay in Newhaven, which will involve new homes, a fish market and public open spaces.
Vosper Thornycroft is planning to relocate its shipyard and up to 1,200 workers from Woolston near Southampton to the Portsmouth naval dockyard, where it will build Royal Navy destroyers.
TNT is to build a £3m cargo terminal at Edinburgh airport next year, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
P&O is to acquire the refrigerated logistics business of Swift Armour in Argentina for £14m.
Associated British Ports has acquired Berkeley Group, the Southampton-based stevedoring and vehicle processing company, for £18m.
Bond Air Services is planning to invest £1m in new hangars and an administrative centre for its helicopter business at Staverton airport near Gloucester, creating about 20 jobs.
Interfleet Technology, the Derby-based international rail technology consultancy with 170 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
British European is to launch the first flights between Aberdeen and London City Airport later this month, which will require about 25 new staff in Aberdeen.
Longford Group is to build a £20m warehouse complex near Swansea city centre.
Christian Salvesen is setting up a new online service to offer next-day movement of palletised industrial freight to non-account customers.
Railtrack has announced plans to build a new £1m railway station in Carmarthen, leaving the current site free for redevelopment.
Birmingham International Airport has won approval to build a £30m public transport interchange next to Birmingham International railway station, as part of a consortium with the NEC, Railtrack and Virgin Trains.
John Mowlem has won a £12m contract from Railtrack to build and manage a rail welding depot in Eastleigh.
Cammell Laird is planning to raise £76m in a bond issue next month to fund the expansion of its ship repair business in the US and continental Europe.
Skelgate Holdings, the Yorkshire-based transport company that specialises in the delivery of electrical goods, has been acquired by the Lane Group for undisclosed terms.
Red Funnel is considering plans to set up a high-speed passenger ferry between East Cowes and Southampton.
P&O is set to create 100 jobs at Doncaster Railport by opening a new warehouse and office building next summer, in order to offer storage, packaging and distribution services from the site.
Balfour Beatty has bought the rail electrification business of Adtranz for £94m, which will strengthen its presence in markets such as Germany and Sweden.
Mentmore Abbey is to acquire Une Piece en Plus, the French self-storage operator, for £9.3m.
Rapson Group of Inverness has acquired Transeuropean Holidays of Tain, as part of a strategy to create a combined transport and travel services group.
Balfour Beatty is in discussions to acquire the fixed-equipment operations of Adtranz, in order to expand its rail electrification systems business.
Swan Hunter has won a contract to supply a floating production storage vessel to Kerr-McGee, which will create up to 800 jobs at its Tyneside shipyard.
British Midland is planning to return to the US market next year by launching scheduled flights from Manchester to Washington DC and Chicago, which will create 250 jobs.
Dawsongroup, the distribution company, is to quit the stock market, having received a £60m takeover offer from the founding family.
AEA Technology has acquired NSTO, the technology division of Dutch national railways Nederlandse Spoorwegen, for £0.9m.
TNT is to open a new £22m sorting centre in Birmingham later this month, employing 300 staff.
The Highways Agency is to invest £10bn in the provision of "intelligent" roads infrastructure over the next 10 years, including a new traffic control centre that will transmit traffic information to electronic signs across the country.
British Regional Air Lines is planning to order five or six regional jets later this year, in order to expand its European network.
P&O has announced plans for the development of a £100m container port at a former Shell refinery in Thurrock, Essex, which will create up to 10,000 jobs.
National Express is considering plans to auction off the East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, in order to raise about £200m to expand its rail and bus operations.
Skills Motor Coaches is seeking planning permission to build a new headquarters for its coach travel business at Bulwell in Nottingham, which will involve the relocation of about 150 staff.
Optare has won a contract to supply 75 airport buses to American Eagle Airlines, which is likely to create a number of new jobs at its Leeds plant.
Simon Group is looking to sell Simon-Carves, its Manchester-based engineering business, and its stake in Robertson Research in order to fund acquisitions and expand its Humber Sea Terminal.
National Express is planning a £3m refurbishment of the Chorlton Street bus station in Manchester.
North West Leicestershire District Council is considering plans from Fiege Group of Germany and Wilson Bowden for the development of a major new distribution centre at the old Castle Donington power station, with the creation of 850 jobs.
Plymouth City Council has received plans from Land Research 2000 for the development of a £120m tram network across the city and surrounding area.
Bombardier of Canada has acquired Adtranz from DaimlerChrysler for £478m, creating one of the world's largest rail equipment groups.
Manpower is to create 70 jobs in Wales with the opening of two new centres in Newport and Bridgend, as part of a £9m investment in a specialist division called Driving Power.
British Airways is to expand the European network of its Go low-cost airline by starting new routes from Stansted to Munich, Glasgow and Belfast, and is also considering plans to open a second operating base.
TDG is looking to spend about £50m on acquisitions to expand its transport and distribution operations, and is starting a new business called Scio to provide supply chain capability to internet companies.
Exel is looking to spend up to £400m on acquisitions to expand its logistics business, and is particularly interested in sea freight.
EasyJet is planning a 60% expansion in its Belfast operations, which will involve doubling the daily number of flights on its Belfast to Liverpool service and adding an extra daily flight on its service to Luton.
Tibbett & Britten has acquired Logis International, which includes two logistics businesses operating in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as part of a strategy to expand across central and eastern Europe.
John Menzies is acquiring Ogden Ground Services of the US for £79m, in order to expand its global aviation services business.
Bombardier has announced plans to build a new 90-seater regional jet that will support 400 jobs at its Shorts division in Belfast.
British Waterways is planning to invest more than £100m in six projects to open up a further 100 miles of the canal network, including a new stretch between Bedford and Milton Keynes that will provide freight access to East Anglia.
The government has announced plans to invest £180bn in transport over the next ten years, including road widening, new by-passes and up to 25 light rail lines.
Norfolk County Council is in discussions with Railroad Terminal of Bridgham about a £25m plan to build a rail freight terminal on a 120-acre site near King's Lynn.
Eurostar is to spend £20m refurbishing its trains and passenger facilities over the next three years.
National Express has announced a £162m takeover bid for Prism Rail, which will give the group seven out of the 25 train operating franchises and a 20% share of the rail market.
British European is expanding its maintenance operations at Birmingham Airport, which will involve doubling its hangar space and creating 15 new jobs.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has given Michelin the go-ahead to build a warehouse and distribution centre at Radial Park on behalf of an unnamed company, which will lead to 85 new jobs.
The Ministry of Defence is to appoint a preferred bidder for a £12m project to build an aircraft avionics and maintenance centre at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
British European is planning to build a new hangar at Exeter Airport in order to boost its facilities for servicing aircraft, with the creation of a number of new jobs.
Vosper Thornycroft and BAe Systems have won orders worth £1bn to build three warships for the Ministry of Defence, which should secure more than 5,000 jobs at shipyards on the Clyde and in Hampshire.
Stagecoach Cumberland has applied to Copeland council for planning permission to set up a new call centre in Whitehaven, which will involve the transfer of 12 customer enquiry workers currently employed at the bus station.
Dynamid is planning to install up to 70,000 delivery boxes outside homes, railway stations and workplaces over the next three years, enabling customers to collect goods ordered over the internet.
Great Western Trains is looking to recruit 100 additional staff at its call centre in Plymouth, which handles enquiries about train services.
Port of Felixstowe has won approval from Suffolk Coastal Council for a £70m expansion programme, which will create 100 jobs.
Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive is planning to build a second Metrolink depot on an industrial site near Old Trafford tram station, with the creation of 300 jobs.
Mersey Docks & Harbour is acquiring Imari, the Irish logistics and port services group, for £16m.
Adtranz has won a £92m order to build 28 four-car Electrostar trains for C2C, and they will be used between Fenchurch Street and Essex.
Big Yellow Self Storage has announced plans to set up new outlets in Hounslow and Milton Keynes as part of an ongoing expansion programme.
Bristol City Council is in negotiations to sell the former Shipway dairy farm to Bristol Port Company, in order to allow the expansion of Royal Portbury Dock.
Cammell Laird and Harland & Wolff are considering plans to launch a joint bid to build armed forces transport ships, in order to prevent the contracts going to foreign rivals.
The government is to announce plans for a major expansion of the UK rail network in order to increase the amount of freight carried by rail, which will involve building new sections of track and reopening disused sections.
Peterhead Bay Authority is considering plans to build a £20m breakwater beyond the harbour walls, in order to secure the future of the port.
Sheffield City Council is expected to consider plans for a cable car system to link Midland Station with the new V&A museum, as part of a £100m development plan for the city that is due to emerge over the next few months.
East Midlands Airport is seeking planning permission to build a fire training ground and aircraft simulator at the northern edge of the airport site.
Story Construction of Carlisle has acquired Point on Trackwork, the recently-formed railway maintenance company, for undisclosed terms, and more than 100 jobs are expected to be created.
Mentmore Abbey has acquired British Self Storage, the operator of six storage sites, for £27m.
PA Consulting is to acquire Hagler Bailly for £63m, in order to expand its US transport and energy consultancy business.
Safestore is forming an alliance with NCP to set up about 100 storage centres on car park sites over the next 18 months.
The government is planning to provide billions of pounds for the creation of tram networks in towns and cities throughout the country, and details are expected to be announced in the summer.
Plymouth City Council is considering plans to relocate Bretonside bus station to another site in the city centre.
Securicor is looking to expand its distribution division by acquiring a UK warehouse logistics business, and is also planning to acquire a leading cash in transit company in Europe.
Kirkwall Airport on Orkney and Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis are to build new terminals, having secured £3m of government funding.
BAA is considering plans to expand the Heathrow Express rail station to provide links to Waterloo, St Pancras and Reading.
Arriva is creating up to 20 jobs in Derby in order to increase the frequency of its bus services.
US Airways is to create 90 jobs at a new European reservations centre in Liverpool.
Harland & Wolff has signed a letter of intent to build two luxury cruise ships for Luxus of the US, in a contract worth £236m.
GB Railways has submitted proposals to launch a new rail route between East Anglia and Oxford, in partnership with 30 local authorities and the port of Felixstowe.
National Express is to acquire School Services & Leasing, the US school bus operator, for £137m.
Iforce, the e-commerce logistics company, has raised £16m to invest in new warehouses, new staff and a stock management and customer support system.
Associated British Ports is to submit new proposals for the transformation of Dibden Bay on Southampton Water into a container terminal, including a ferry link to Town Quay in Southampton.
Powell Duffryn is looking to spend up to £100m on acquisitions to expand its ports and engineering businesses this year, and is particularly interested in buying a second port in northern Europe.
Mersey Docks & Harbour has applied for permission to build a passenger and freight terminal at Langton Dock for a new Irish super ferry.
Vosper Thornycroft has acquired Bombardier Defence Services UK from Bombardier of Canada for £30m, in order to expand its support services business.
First Group has sold its New World First bus business in Hong Kong for £39m, as part of a strategy to focus on the UK and the US.
Fergusons Transport is planning to set up a new base at Pattinson Industrial Estate in Washington with the creation of 200 jobs, in order to provide haulage services to the nearby Nissan plant.
Alltruck, the Ashby-based contract hire company, has sold its two main businesses to a management buy-out, including transport management, contract hire of commercial vehicles, truck rental, and an ERF dealership in Leicester.
Camper & Nicholsons, the Gosport-based yacht builder, is to relocate its joinery department to a nearby site on the Fort Brockhurst industrial estate, and expects to create a further 35 jobs this year.
P&O is acquiring Festival Cruises, the operator of four cruise ships with a Europe-wide sales network, for £260m.
EasyJet is planning a flotation later this year that could value the company at about £500m, and the proceeds will be used to expand its low-cost airline business and acquire new aircraft.
Harland & Wolff has won a £300m order to build four passenger ferries for Seamasters International, which will help to secure the future of its Belfast shipyard.
Amec and Alfred McAlpine have held discussions with the Liverpool Electric Tram System consortium about plans to build a £45m tram link between Liverpool Airport and the city centre.
The Post Office has acquired Extand, the French parcel delivery service, in a £71m deal.
ICL has sold its LOGiCOM IT logistics business to an institutional buy-out led by 3i, in a £50m deal.
KLM is considering plans to expand its flight booking call centre at Norwich Airport, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Lok n Store is to open up to 40 self storage outlets over the next three years, and is also planning to list on Aim.
Britten-Norman, the Isle of Wight-based aircraft manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by two investors from Oman for undisclosed terms.
Amey Rail has acquired Datel, the developer of railway information management systems, for undisclosed terms.
Currie European Transport, the Dumfries-based independent road haulage firm, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Tibbett & Britten has announced plans to build a second rail-connected distribution centre at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, with the creation of about 200 jobs.
Swansea Airport is to undergo a multi-million pound redevelopment, with the aim of creating a new regional airport for south west Wales over the next few years.
Cammell Laird has won a £5m contract to build a ferry for Torghatten Trafikkselskap of Norway, which will secure 100 jobs at its yard on the Tyne.
Pauline Edwards Transport has moved from the centre of Leicester to a new head office and warehousing facility in Queniborough, in order to expand its storage and distribution services.
Cumbria County Council has announced plans to invest £4.6m in the improvement of transport facilities over the next five years.
Jersey European Airways is to expand its Exeter call centre with the creation of 25 jobs, and a smaller centre in Belfast is being closed.
Balfour Beatty is to acquire US rail track companies Marta Track Constructors, based near Pittsburgh, and Metroplex for about £40m.
Stagecoach has acquired JW Coaches & Taxis of Banchory, Deeside, in order to expand its public transport business in the north-east of Scotland.
The Ministry of Defence is planning to relocate the Ships Support Agency and 1,500 jobs from Bath to the Abbey Wood base in Bristol, and a new base for the Defence Logistics Organisation is being created in Bath.
Granada is in discussions with the government about plans to set up park-and-ride facilities at motorway service stations, and at least six sites are being considered.
Unipart is planning to set up a one-stop shop for internet-based companies requiring distribution and management services, in order to fully utilise its logistics and distribution infrastructure.
Big Yellow Self Storage is planning to raise £40m in a flotation on Aim in order to fund the expansion of its chain of storage outlets.
Stagecoach has announced a conditional agreement to sell its Porterbrook train leasing business to Abbey National for £773m, and will use the proceeds to reduce debt.
Nottingham City Council has reached agreement with the Arrow consortium to build trams for the proposed £204m Express Transit system that will run from Hucknall to Nottingham's Midland railway station.
Darlington Borough Council is to consider plans from road haulage company Stan Robinson to close its Ferry Hill depot and move to the former Yorkshire Pine factory.
Stena Line is relocating two conventional ferries away from the port of Belfast and back to their original site in Larne, where 43 jobs will be created.
Railtrack has revealed plans to invest £52bn in the rail network over the next 12 years, including a number of optional projects that will depend on demand from the train operators.
EasyJet is planning to increase its workforce from 1,200 to 2,500 by 2005, and has ordered 17 new aircraft to enable it to triple its passenger numbers.
Lambeth Council has announced plans to build a £15m transport interchange, to link the London Underground with bus and rail services at Vauxhall Cross.
Quotegate is creating 40 new jobs in Brighton, in order to develop a new business that will enable marine companies to buy and sell parts on the internet.
JMC Airlines is creating 200 new jobs at its Manchester-based holidays business when it takes delivery of two new aircraft next year.
Royal Mail is to invest £3m in new buildings and equipment to improve its delivery services in the Bolton area.
Highland Council is to consider three alternative proposals from Ferguson Transport, Boyd Brothers, and Clydeport Operations for the development of new port facilities near Fort William.
Cambridge Airport is planning to build a new £2m passenger terminal, in order to improve facilities at the site.
East Devon District Council is to consider plans from property consultants Cluttons for the development of a rail freight terminal near Exeter, which would create 800 jobs.
Associated British Ports and P&O have announced plans to build a new cruise ship terminal in Southampton, with completion due in 2001.
Clydeport is considering plans to develop a roll-on roll-off terminal in Glasgow, at a cost of up to £50m.
The Post Office has acquired Pakke-Trans, the Danish parcels company, for £18m.
BAe Systems is to get a £530m loan from the government to help finance development of the new European super jumbo jet, which will lead to the creation of 8,000 jobs at BAe and its suppliers.
British Airways is opening a new £6m ticket sales centre in Manchester, with the creation of 130 new jobs.
New Waves Logistics is to create up to 200 jobs when a distribution centre on Northampton's Grange Park Industrial Estate is completed in August.
Ryanair is planning to raise £78m in a share placing, in order to fund the development of its internet booking system and expand its aircraft fleet.
Container Sales Hire, the County Durham-based supplier of storage accommodation, has been acquired by Mobile Storage Group of the US for undisclosed terms.
Railtrack has awarded three contracts worth a total of £8m to Fitzpatrick Rail Division, including a £4m project to refurbish its Selhurst depot in south London.
Virgin Trains has promised to invest £4.7bn upgrading the east coast mainline if it wins the franchise, which would involve the construction of 130 miles of new high-speed track and up to 70 new trains.
Herald International Mailings has been acquired by Deutsche Post, the German post office, for undisclosed terms.
BBA has acquired Oxford Aviation, the pilot trainer, for £55m, as part of a strategy to double the size of its aviation services business.
The Post Office is planning to build a £2.5m delivery office in Greenwich.
Euroline Shipping has set up a new shipping link between Aberdeen Harbour and the Canadian port of Three Rivers, to carry plasterboard liner paper from BPB Paperboard's Aberdeen factory.
Nottinghamshire County Council is to consider separate schemes from Wilson Bowden Developments and Hallam Land Management for the development of a freight depot near Junction 24 of the M1 motorway.
Transport Development Group is forming a joint venture with Cap Gemini to develop internet-based services to manage the logistics requirements of its customers.
The government is to extend the rural bus network scheme for a further three years, in order to provide grants totalling £100m for countryside bus services.
P&O has ordered two new cruise ships from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for a total £560m, as part of a strategy to double the capacity of its fleet and expand its US-based Princess brand into the Caribbean.
Forth Ports has commissioned Babtie to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a new ferry terminal at the port of Rosyth, which could lead to the creation of 3,000 jobs on site and in related industries.
British World Airlines is to increase its Aberdeen staff by 15, having won a contract from Bristow Helicopters to provide fixed-wing services to Scatsta in Shetland.
London Transport is working on plans to develop a network of trams and guided buses, and will present the idea to the new London mayor in May.
Associated British Ports is planning to build a £10m ferry passenger terminal in Hull.
Ocean Group has announced plans for a £3.2bn merger with NFC, in order to create a major new logistics group called Exel.
Railtrack has announced plans to invest £2.5bn in renewing and enhancing the rail network over the next year, including £600m for the west coast mainline and £500m for the Channel tunnel link.
Potter Group is to build a £7m rail terminal at the Knowsley Industrial Park in Lancashire, creating 30 jobs.
The government is to provide a £4.5m grant to the port of Ayr to develop new freight handling facilities that will enable timber from forests in Argyll to be transported by boat.
Tibbett & Britten has acquired the TCA group of companies for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its fresh produce distribution business in France and Spain.
East Devon District Council is considering plans for a £20m scheme to expand Exeter Airport with a new terminal, and a 100-acre Skypark business park could also be built.
Derbyshire County Council is supporting a plan by ACC Distribution for a £2m expansion at its food distribution business in Alfreton, with the creation of 130 jobs.
Royal Mail is creating 120 jobs at a new £40m sorting office at Mallusk in County Antrim.
Nightfreight, the parcels delivery company, is to relocate its corporate headquarters from Birkenhead to the site of its recently expanded hub at Willenhall.
Unigate is to close its Wincanton Logistics depot in Exeter with the loss of 117 jobs, in order to relocate its regional distribution base to Bristol.
British Waterways has acquired the 15-acre Sawley Marina from two Nottinghamshire businessmen, and will relocate its offices from Trent Lock to the new site.
First Group is investing £6m in 50 new buses to improve services in Bristol.
Ryanair is creating 250 jobs, having ordered new aircraft to operate seven new routes between the UK and continental Europe.
Tibbett & Britten has acquired Integrated Systems Logistic, the Polish distributor of frozen foods, for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to expand its logistics business in central Europe.
Great North Eastern Railway has announced plans to build three new stations near Doncaster, Edinburgh and north London, as part of its bid to the Strategic Rail Authority for a new franchise to run the east coast mainline.
Target Express, the express delivery service, is to be acquired by 3i for £210m, in order to help the business expand into continental Europe and improve its internet ordering process.
P&O is planning to develop a new terminal and logistics centre at Duisburg in Germany, and has also announced the acquisition of the Seaport Terminal container and general cargo business in Antwerp, Belgium.
The South West Regional Development Agency is considering plans for £3m of improvements at Plymouth Airport, in order to extend the useable length of the runway and help to secure the future competitiveness of the West country economy.
Bristol International Airport is planning to build a £3.5m air traffic control tower, and is also considering a new link to a satellite railway station and park and ride facilities in South Bristol.
Tibbett & Britten is planning to extend its warehousing complex on the Whitwood Industrial Estate near Castleford, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Emerald Airways is planning to expand its freight operations at East Midlands Airport, having secured a contract from the Royal Mail to move mail between Belfast and the East Midlands.
DML is planning to recruit 80 apprentices and 20 graduates at its Plymouth dockyard this year.
The Post Office has acquired Crie, the French supplier of express mail services, for £6m, as part of a strategy to expand its international postal network.
Prism Rail is submitting plans to the Strategic Rail Authority for the development of a single Welsh railway system, and will also bid for European regeneration funds of up to £150m.
Wates has won a £2.2m contract to refurbish facilities at Luton Airport.
DHL is looking to recruit 300 people for its new £35m distribution site at Castle Donington, which is due to open this spring.
P&O is planning to redevelop the Shell Haven refinery in Essex as one of the country's largest container terminals, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
DHL International is to build a £1.2m distribution base at Speke's Estuary Commerce Park, with the creation of 60 jobs.
Ugland International has sold its vehicle shipping business to joint venture partner Leif Hoegh for £144m.
Arriva is to acquire MTL, the Merseyside bus company, for £35m, which will increase its bus fleet by 970 to about 7,000.
Bombardier has won a £31m contract to build up to 24 automatic metro cars for the Docklands Light Railway in London.
United Carriers is to expand its nationwide distribution fleet with 35 new Cartwright trailers, at a cost of £3.4m.
Burford is planning to build a £250m rail freight distribution and manufacturing park on land at Shell's Carrington chemicals plant in Manchester, which could lead to the creation of 14,000 jobs.
Railtrack has announced plans for a £2m refurbishment of Harrow and Wealdstone station, in order to create a national railway hub for north west London.
Ocean Group is to sell its Cory Towage marine services business to Wijsmuller of the Netherlands for £82m, in order to focus on global logistics.
Leicestershire County Council is considering three potential sites near Castle Donington for the development of a new regional storage and distribution centre.
Lincolnshire County Council has secured £1.5m of government funding for the expansion of local bus services.
Forth Ports is planning to extend a marine container berth at the port of Tilbury, and four contractors have been invited to tender for the £20m project.
P&O is planning to invest £2.8bn to double its cruise capacity by 2004.
John Menzies has acquired Aer Lingus's air cargo terminal at Heathrow for £6m, and plans to expand the terminal's capacity from 14,000 tonnes a year to 30,000 tonnes.
Vosper Thornycroft has won a £200m contract to supply three 62-metre ships to the Greek navy, and will build the vessels in Greece in partnership with Elefsis.
Highland Council has awarded a £2.9m contract to George Prior Engineering of Hull to build a car ferry to link the Ardnamurchan Peninsula with the rest of Lochaber.
Rentokil Initial has sold DSI Transports, its US distribution division, to Trimac of Canada for £49m, and further non-core disposals will follow.
Oxford Bus Company is seeking 30 extra staff in order to handle additional routes created by the Oxford Transport Strategy.
Eurotunnel is to launch a £1m feasibility study into the development of a second Channel tunnel, and possibilities include a £3bn rail tunnel and a £2.7bn road tunnel.
National Express has acquired ATC Group, the US bus operator, for £106m, and is now looking for similar bolt-on acquisitions.