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Transport - 2004






















One Anglia, the rail operator, is setting up a £2.5m customer service centre in Norwich, with the creation of 20 jobs.

Exel has acquired Sociedade de Distribuicao e Logistica, the Portuguese pharmaceutical logistics company, for undisclosed terms.

Corby Council is to consider outline plans from Bee Bee Development to build a £200m rail freight centre at Stanion Lane Plantation, which could lead to the creation of 3,500 jobs.

Wincanton is to acquire MidiData, the German logistics company with 300 staff, for about £7m.

Amec and Royal Bank of Scotland have won a £200m contract to extend the Docklands Light Railway to Woolwich by 2008.

Monarch Airlines is to set up a new base at Birmingham International Airport offering flights to Tenerife and Malaga from next summer, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Weedfree, the North Yorkshire-based company with 105 staff that specialises in clearing leaves from railway lines, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Translink is to invest £50m in improvements to Northern Ireland's public transport system, including the purchase of more than 300 new buses.

Forth Ports is investing £14m in the acquisition of a 50% stake in Multi-Link Terminals, the Irish company that operates container terminal facilities in Russia and Finland.

BBA Group is to acquire Boker Aeroclean, the Heathrow-based aircraft cleaning company, for £12m, as well as an 85% stake in FBO Shannon of Shannon Airport for £1.8m.

National Assembly for Wales is to invest £7bn in a new 15-year transport plan, including subsidised local air services and a new motorway toll road near Newport.

Anite has sold Anite Transport, the provider of consultancy services to the passenger transport industry with 17 staff, to Trapeze for £0.9m.

ProLogis is planning to develop a 600,000 sq ft distribution centre at South Marston Park in Swindon.

Gregory Distribution has acquired Greendale Haulage, the East Devon-based waste transport company with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Cornwall County Council is to invest £1.3m extending the terminal at Newquay airport, following news that Air Southwest is to launch four new routes in the spring.

Wolverhampton Council has approved plans for the £390m expansion of the Midland Metro tram system by 2009.

Southend Airport has won permission from Rochford District Council to build a new passenger terminal, train station and visitor centre.

Northwestern Shiprepairers has resurrected the name of Scott Lithgow at the Inchgreen ship repair dock in Port Glasgow, and hopes to create at least 100 jobs over the next year.

TBI, the owner of Cardiff, Luton, Belfast and other airports, has accepted a £551m takeover bid from Abertis of Spain.

Ryanair has announced ten new routes from the North West with the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs, including European flights from Liverpool and Blackpool.

PD Ports is in discussions with a "major international retailer" about plans to build an import centre at the Tees Dock estate.

Eurostar has confirmed plans to relocate its Waterloo operation to St Pancras when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is finished in 2007.

Henry Boot has submitted plans to build a 409,000 sq ft distribution centre for an undisclosed client at the former Staffordshire Tableware site in Stoke-on-Trent.

ING Real Estate has announced proposals for the £150m regeneration of the port of Bo'Ness on the Forth, including a link to the canal network and a waterfront refurbishment.

PlaneStation is to relocate its head office operations and up to 150 jobs from London and Ireland to its Manston airport site in Kent by the end of the year.

First Group is to recruit 90 revenue protection staff in Strathclyde, in order to reduce fare dodging at its ScotRail franchise.

Central Trains is to create more than 40 jobs at a new rail depot in Crewe.

BBA Group is to acquire Airport Group International, the US airport services company, from TBI for £13m, as well as Executive Aircraft Services from Group4Securicor for £4.5m.

Exel is creating 40 permanent and 200 seasonal jobs at a Christmas gifts distribution centre at the Shire Business Park near Worcester.

Flybe, the low-cost airline, is to launch seven new European routes from Birmingham International Airport, creating 35 jobs within the company and 400 in the local economy.

Scotfreight is opening a new transport depot for its Alliance Road & Rail division at the Manchester Euro Central rail terminal, and aims to expand its operations in the north west over the next 12 months.

Flyglobespan is to expand its scheduled operations from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, with the addition of five new European destinations to the existing 12.

Royal Mail is to recruit more than 170 delivery and sorting workers to improve its services across the north-east.

SMS Agencies, the Crawley-based supplier of lorry drivers to transport companies with a network of 30 branches, has been sold to a management team backed by Northern Venture Managers for £8.2m.

Freightliner is to expand its rail freight services from the port of Felixstowe, following the completion of work to allow large shipping containers to be carried on the rail network.

Arriva has acquired a 77% stake in Regentalbahn, the German rail services company, from the state of Bavaria for £43m.

Merseytravel is looking into the possibility of investing £11m in reviving the Burscough Curves train link between Southport and Ormskirk.

Casper Shipping has acquired BS Freight, the air freight company based at Durham Tees Valley Airport, for undisclosed terms.

First Group has submitted plans to set up a new £10m global headquarters and bus depot in Aberdeen, with the creation of more than 140 jobs.

Continental Airlines is to set up the first direct scheduled service between Belfast and the US, with flights to New York's Newark airport from May 2005.

Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire Classic Coaches, the Newcastle-based coach operator with 95 vehicles and 230 staff, for £2.3m.

Christian Salvesen is in merger talks with TDG, which could lead to the creation of a combined logistics group with annual turnover of £1.3bn.

Go NorthEast is to close its Mile End Road bus depot in South Shields, and 159 drivers will be relocated to North Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Washington.

GB Airways, the British Airways franchise, is to expand its services at Manchester airport, with the creation of about 140 jobs.

A&P Tyne is to mothball its shipyard at Wallsend and relocate the 350 staff to its Hebburn site.

Virgin Atlantic is planning to invest £14m in the creation of a new Nigerian airline called Virgin Nigeria.

Unipart Technology Logistics is to set up a 207,000 sq ft distribution centre at Magna Park in Leicestershire.

PlaneStation has raised £5.2m in a share placing to fund the development of Manston airport in Kent.

Birmingham City Council is funding a feasibility study into the development of an underground transport network.

National Air Traffic Services is planning to create 700 new jobs at its Whiteley headquarters in Hampshire, with new buildings for engineering and systems staff being relocated from West Drayton and Gatwick.

Royal Mail is planning to close the Lime Walk sorting office in Oxford, and the 60 staff will relocate to the Sandy Lane site.

Port of Felixstowe is planning to recruit a further 200 workers over the next 12 months, in order to handle an increase in cargo.

Strategic Rail Authority is considering plans to cut the number of franchises running trains between London and Glasgow, which could lead to the recreation of the London & North Western Railway.

Bristol International Airport is to invest more than £50m on improvements over the next five years, starting with 16 new check-in desks for Continental Airlines.

Ashtenne has sold the Port of Boston in Lincolnshire to Victoria Wharf for £5m.

Associated British Ports is to set up a new £1m office at its Hams Hall freight terminal in Birmingham.

Hagemeyer is planning to create a further 100 jobs at its electrical products distribution centre in Runcorn over the next 18 months.

Prestwick Airport is to undergo a £3m refurbishment this autumn, with changes to the shops, check-in area and concourse.

Royal Mail is planning to build a multi-million pound postal centre in Northampton by 2006.

Go-Ahead is to acquire Virgin Aviation's 50% stake in their Plane Handling air cargo joint venture for £20m, in order to expand its Aviance subsidiary.

Sea Containers has sold Folkestone Harbour to the chairman of the Saga Group for £11m.

Fareham Borough Council is interested in acquiring the former HMS Daedalus air base at Lee-on-the-Solent, in order to build a regional airport for low-cost airlines.

Gazeley is forming a joint venture with MetLife of the US to carry out the £200m expansion of Asda's Magna distribution park in Lutterworth, and MetLife is also planning a series of other projects in the UK.

Siemens has announced plans to set up a train maintenance depot in Northampton, with the creation of 100 jobs, in order to maintain Desiro trains for Angel Trains and National Express.

Rhys Davies Freight Logistics and Nichols Foods have announced plans to open a £4m distribution centre at Haydock next month.

Milford Docks Company is forming a joint venture with Southampton-based Williams Shipping to expand the marine and port services sector in South Wales, and a new company called Williams Marine & Port Services will be established in Pembroke Port.

Associated British Ports has won permission for the £4m extension of Teignmouth docks, and work is expected to start in 2005.

BBA Group is to acquire Execair, the provider of passenger handling, flight planning and ground transportation services, from John Menzies for £12m, in order to expand its Signature Flight Support subsidiary.

Coventry Airport is to submit plans for a new passenger terminal to Warwick District Council next month.

One Anglia, the train operator, is planning to set up an administration centre in Colchester, with the relocation of up to 80 jobs from London, Ipswich and Norwich.

Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire Arriva's bus operations in Colchester, which will involve the transfer of almost 100 staff.

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to create about 6,000 jobs over the next few years, mainly at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Arriva is to acquire Wulff Bus, the Danish bus operator with 600 staff, for £10m.

Bmibaby is to expand its airline operations at Birmingham International Airport by launching 20 new routes, and about 150 jobs will be created.

Palletways, the Lichfield-based freight services company, has been acquired by Phoenix Equity Partners.

Atlantic Airlines, the Coventry-based cargo company with 75 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

National Express is to refurbish Digbeth coach station in Birmingham at a cost of £6m.

GNER is to refurbish Peterborough railway station at a cost of £1m, as part of a £10m investment in the modernisation of facilities at key stations on the East Coast Main Line.

Dudley Council has announced plans to build a £2.3m bus station in Halesowen, and work could start within 12 months.

Pall-ex UK of Leicestershire is looking to recruit a number of call centre staff, administration assistants and forklift drivers for its headquarters in Ellistown and a new warehouse in Bardon.

PD Ports, the owner of deep-water ports including Tees and Hartlepool, is expected to be acquired by Collins Stewart for up to £500m.

Nightfreight, the overnight freight operator, has been sold by Barclays Private Equity to a management team for £89m.

Wrightbus is to create 100 new jobs at its bus factory in Ballymena, having won a £66m contract to supply 486 buses to First Group.

Qantas is to create 400 cabin crew jobs in the UK, in order to increase its flights from Heathrow to Australia.

Associated British Ports has announced plans to develop an additional £45m riverside terminal for coal imports at Immingham.

Network Rail is said to be considering plans to set up a maintenance operation at the former Thrall wagon works site in York, with the creation of up to 250 jobs.

North West Trucks has been acquired by Heatons Transport of St Helens for undisclosed terms, creating a combined group with 200 staff at depots in Huyton, St Helens, Wigan and Northwich.

Tibbett & Britten, the logistics group, has received a £328m takeover approach from Exel, which could lead to annual cost savings of £20m and the loss of 200 jobs.

Hargreaves has acquired R Hanson & Son, the Barnsley-based bulk haulage company, for £0.3m.

Containerships has agreed a £10m deal with PD Teesport to relocate its container services from Terminal 1 to the new £20m Teesport Container Terminal 2.

Go-Ahead has acquired Chauffeured Parking Services, the valet parking operator at a number of airports, for up to £1.2m.

Blackpool Council is to sell Blackpool Airport to City Hopper for £13m, and City Hopper hopes to quadruple passenger numbers by 2008.

Amaro is to expand its Gateshead-based door-to-door mail delivery business over the next 18 months with the creation of 300 jobs, and new depots will open in Leeds, the North West and the Midlands.

Yearsley Cold Storage & Distribution is to create 70 jobs at its new £12m refrigeration depot in Seaham, County Durham, by the summer, and work is to proceed on the second-phase of the expansion of the 38-acre site.

Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry operator with 400 staff, has undergone a £60m management buy-out backed by Bank of Scotland.

Gazeley has won planning permission to set up a speculative 488,000 sq ft logistics facility in Purfleet, and work on the £55m project will start in June.

Associated British Ports has awarded a £3.5m contract to Nuttall to expand its roll-on roll-off ferry facilities at Ipswich Docks.

Seafield Logistics is to acquire the Ken Thomas haulage company at Guyhirn, near Wisbech, which will lead to the loss of ten management jobs and the closure of a depot in Peterborough.

Mayflower's administrators have sold the TransBus bus manufacturing business, which includes sites in Falkirk, Belfast, Wigan and Guildford, to a consortium of Scottish business people led by investment bank Noble Grosart.

Wincanton, the logistics company, is to relocate its headquarters and up to 400 staff from Trowbridge and Somerset to the Turnpike Industrial Estate in Chippenham early next year.

Tibbett & Britten has won a contract to manage Tesco's new non-foods distribution centre at Keresley Park near Coventry, and up to 350 jobs will be created when the site becomes operational in August.

Forth Ports has announced plans to build a £15m cruise liner terminal in Edinburgh.

Sheffield City Council is to consider plans from Gazeley for the development of a distribution centre on the 48-acre former Tinsley Bar Mill site.

Mayflower's administrators have sold Plaxton, the coachbuilding company, to a management buy-out backed by Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity for £15m.

Bowmer & Kirkland has won a £1m contract to extend the international departure lounge at East Midlands International Airport.

Exeter Airport has secured outline planning permission to build a new £20m terminal by 2008.

Hargreaves, the bulk haulier, has undergone a £19m management buy-out backed by Baring English Growth Fund.

Horseman Coaches, the operator of 91 coaches, may have to relocate its 120 staff as Reading Borough Council want its existing site for the redevelopment of junction 11 of the M4.

British Land and Rosemound have won planning permission to build a 750,000 sq ft warehouse at the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal.

ProLogis has acquired 380 acres of land in Kettering, Wellingborough and Northampton to develop more than 6m sq ft of distribution space.

BAA is to submit plans later this year for a further expansion at Stansted airport to handle 35m passengers a year.

Associated British Ports is to invest £1m in the expansion of the ABP Connect rail freight terminal at Hams Hall, in order to cope with a new daily service from Southampton.

Merseytravel has unveiled plans for the £75m refurbishment of Liverpool's Lime Street train station, and the first phase is due to be completed by 2007.

Exel is to create 1,250 jobs at transport hubs in Worksop and Daventry to handle distribution contracts for B&Q and JD Wetherspoon.

McNulty Offshore is creating 100 jobs at the A&P Tyne shipyard after winning a contract to work on the Haewene Brim oil production vessel for Bluewater Energy Services.

TMS Greenwood, the Gwent-based tachograph chart analysis and transport consultant with 23 staff, is to relocate to a larger site in Blackwood town centre.

Associated British Ports has been refused permission to develop a £600m container terminal facility at Dibden Bay near Southampton, due to environmental concerns.

Thomsonfly is to open a second base for its low-cost airline at the renamed Robin Hood airport near Doncaster.

Associated British Ports is to invest £0.9m extending storage facilities for South Dock Terminals at the Port of Goole, while £0.5m will be invested in a new production facility for Whitemountain Roadstone at the Port of Immingham.

Hankyu Cargo is to relocate its Washington-based freight forwarding business and 11 staff to a 71,000 sq ft site at the Wearside Industrial Estate next month.

First Group is said to be planning to set up a new corporate headquarters in Aberdeen with the creation of 100 jobs, if it can obtain permission to redevelop its King Street bus depot for retail use.

Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council is to consider proposals for the £10m refurbishment of Crewe railway station.

Bibby Distribution has acquired Winlen Bay, the Cannock-based freight forwarding company with 30 staff.

Marshall Maritime Services is to expand its shipping operations at the Port of Hull by investing £0.5m in additional steel and timber storage facilities.

Port of Tyne is investing a further £10m in the development of new facilities at Tyne Dock, South Shields, including a new warehouse with office accommodation for 50 staff.

Merseytravel is planning to refurbish St Helens train station at a cost of £4.9m.

Brit Valley Railway has announced proposals for a £20m light railway between Weymouth and Portland, as part of a network linking Axminster, Bridport, West Bay and Abbotsbury.

Arriva is to acquire Prignitzer Eisenbahn Gruppe, the operator of three rail franchises in Germany, for £4.2m.

Manchester Airports Group has secured a £325m loan to fund the expansion of its airport terminals, which include Manchester, Nottingham, Humberside and Bournemouth.

Tellings Golden Miller has acquired Wings Buses of Hayes for £0.5m and the coach hire and day excursion business of Greys-based Frank Harris Coaches.

Samskip of Iceland is to expand its shipping operation into Liverpool by acquiring the agency representation of TECO Lines from Vogt & Maguire Liner.

Exel is to create 250 jobs in Daventry, having won a £100m national distribution contract from pub operator JD Wetherspoon.

Exeter Airport has announced plans for a £3.5m expansion that will create 96 jobs, including the construction of a new aircraft maintenance hangar for Flybe.

EasyJet is to start four new air routes from Belfast to Paris, Nice, Malaga and Alicante in June, which will lead to the creation of more than 200 jobs in Belfast.

Virgin Atlantic is planning to double in size over the next six years, with the creation of 1,400 jobs, and is in negotiations with Boeing and Airbus to buy 30 wide-bodied aircraft.

Lok n Store is looking to expand its chain of 18 self-storage outlets to 50 in the long-term.

EasyJet is planning to double the number of aircraft operated from Newcastle International Airport from five to ten over the next five years.

Stena Line is to create 60 call centre and IT jobs in Holyhead, but its Ashford office in Kent is expected to close with the loss of up to 170 jobs.

Thamesdown Transport has won permission to set up a new bus depot on Barnfield Road in Swindon next year.

Mersey Docks & Harbour Company has unveiled plans to build a £80m riverside container terminal at Seaforth, and a feasibility study will be completed later this year.

KLM, the Dutch airline, is considering plans to relocate its Norwich call centre to another site nearby or to Amsterdam, as the lease expires in September.

British Waterways is to submit plans to Liverpool City Council for the development of a £15m Canal Link between the city's Central and South Docks.

West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority is planning to spend £3.3m on station improvements, including new ticket offices, better access facilities, extended platforms and CCTV.

United Freight Distribution has acquired Transport Delivery Services, the operator of a depot in Hemel Hempstead with 45 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Safestore is planning to expand its network of 24 self-storage centres to up to 100 sites over the next five years.

Docklands Light Railway has confirmed plans to build a £145m extension to Woolwich Arsenal by 2008.

National Express has acquired the Battersea and Croydon-based bus operations of Connex for a nominal sum.

BBA is looking to expand its aviation services business by spending up to £300m on acquisitions this year.

Securicor has confirmed plans for a £4bn merger with Group 4 Falck of Denmark, creating the world's second largest security services group with 340,000 staff in 108 countries.

Network Rail is planning to open integrated control rooms on all eight of its main routes, in order to improve the way that train delays are handled.

Virgin Atlantic is to recruit about 700 cabin crew staff this year at its services from Gatwick and Heathrow airports, due to rising demand for flights to the US.

Swan Hunter has announced plans to invest £52m at its Teesside shipyard, in preparation for its part in the construction of two aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.

Associated British Ports and DFDS Tor Line are to build a £35m riverside ro-ro and container terminal at the Port of Immingham.

Coventry Airport is to be acquired by tour operator TUI, in preparation for the launch of the new Thomsonfly low-cost airline.

British Airways is to create up to 400 jobs at call centres in Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast, but 350 jobs will be lost through the closure of its Glasgow site in November.

Lancsville Rail, the rail engineering company, is looking to build a new £1m headquarters for more than 25 staff in York.

Exel is to acquire Fujitsu Logistics, the provider of a range of logistics services to Fujitsu group companies in Japan.

Gwynedd Council has secured a Welsh Assembly grant for the £1.5m refurbishment of Bangor railway station.

EasyJet is planning to set up a second German operating base at Dortmund airport later this year.

Hill Hire has acquired U-Haul, the Spalding-based supplier of refrigerated trucks with 27 staff.

North East Lincolnshire Council is in discussions with an unnamed Dutch investment bank that wants to build a £20m equipment distribution centre at Immingham Dock, which would create 400 jobs.

Interfleet Technology has acquired RSE Management, the London-based rail safety consultant, from GB Railways.

Sheldon & Clayton is seeking permission for a £3m expansion of its haulage warehouse and office facilities in West Bromwich, with the creation of 35 jobs.

Anglian Archives is planning to open more document storage sites across East Anglia.

TNT is to close its international parcels depot near Southampton in April with the loss of up to 47 jobs, in order to relocate the work to its larger site in Alton.

TNT Express Services, the business express courier service, is to set up a call centre at Willow Farm near Nottingham East Midlands Airport, with the creation of up to 120 jobs by the end of the year.

Cavendish Corporate Finance has been recruited by a new Cambridge-based company called Hop Airways to help raise £5m to fund the creation of a cut-price commuter airline, which would fly short routes between regional airports.

BAA Scotland is to set up a new £12m terminal at Glasgow Airport by May.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is to submit expansion plans later this year that will either include a further extension to the existing terminal or the construction of a second terminal elsewhere on the site.

Bombardier is to recruit 100 extra workers in Derby to work on a £250m train maintenance contract for Midland Mainline.

Norwest Holst has won a £10m contract to build a distribution centre for L'Oreal at Trafford Park in Manchester.

Solent Blue Line is planning to expand its Hampshire-based bus operations this year with the creation of up to 40 new jobs.

P&O Ferries is to employ up to 200 Portuguese workers for seasonal jobs on its Portsmouth-based ferries this year.

Arriva is looking to expand its rail operations in continental Europe, and is particularly interested in Germany, Italy and Portugal.

Innovate Logistics is planning to invest £2.5m in the expansion of its newly-formed temperature-controlled distribution business in North Lincolnshire, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.