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Transport - 2005






















Haven Gateway Partnership has secured government approval to build a new container port in Harwich, with the creation of up to 800 jobs.

Portsmouth Port is seeking EU funding for the development of a direct rail link to transport freight between Fratton and a depot in Widnes, for onward distribution across northern England and Scotland.

Stagecoach has acquired Traction Group, the bus operator with services in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Tayside, for £26m.

CPD Logistics, the toy distributor, is planning to develop two new distribution units of 100,000 sq ft and 60,000 sq ft at the Astral Developments scheme in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire.

Lucketts Travel is to acquire Worthing Coaches, creating a combined coach travel business with 44 coaches and annual turnover of £6.8m.

Lot Polish Airlines is to expand its Centralwings low-cost airline subsidiary in the UK, with new flights from Poland to Edinburgh and Leeds-Bradford airports.

Go-Ahead has acquired Birmingham Passenger Transport Services, the bus and coach operator, for up to £2m.

Amaro is to create 500 jobs at its new leaflet distribution centre in Rotherham over the next 18 months.

Gloucestershire Airport is planning a £1.8m expansion programme, including the development of a bigger runway, which could eventually lead to the introduction of commercial flights to Europe.

Fraikin has bought the Coventry-based commercial vehicle division of Lex Transfleet from RAC for undisclosed terms, which will involve the transfer of 457 staff at 15 rental centres and six maintenance sites across the country.

PD Ports, the operator of Teesport and the port of Hartlepool, has accepted a £246m takeover offer from Endeavour Ports of Australia.

BAA has announced proposals for the £50m expansion of Aberdeen Airport, including a £10m runway extension and the creation of 1,000 jobs, in order to cope with the expected doubling of passenger numbers by 2030.

Begbies Traynor has sold DW Weaver, the milk haulage company with 135 staff in Endon, Nantwich, Chester and Ashbourne, out of administration to a management team.

P&O, the container ports and ferries group, has accepted a £3.3bn takeover offer from DP World of Dubai.

Humber Sea Terminal has announced the creation of 20 new jobs following the introduction of Norfolk Line's daily freight ferry service to Vlaardingen in the Netherlands.

Stagecoach is to sell its New Zealand bus and ferry operations to Infratil for about £100m.

BAA has awarded a contract to Advanced Transport System to install the Ultra driverless taxi system at Heathrow Airport, which will involve pods carrying up to four people on a raised track.

Jet2 is looking to rapidly expand its low-cost airline business with larger aircraft and more destinations from its bases in Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Newcastle and Blackpool.

Norfolk Line is looking to set up a transport depot in North Wales with the creation of 13 driving jobs, following the closure of its contractor in Holyhead.

Halton Borough Council has approved plans from Drawbridge Securities for the development of a £65m freight park in Widnes, and work on the Innovis project will start by the end of 2006.

Barnsley Council has approved plans from Prologis Developments for the development of a distribution centre at the Park Springs site at Little Houghton, which could lead to the creation of up to 600 jobs.

Prestwick Airport is to launch a feasibility study into plans to double its capacity to handle 5m passengers a year within ten years.

British Airways is set to announce plans to invest £100m upgrading its Club World business class cabins, and work is expected to start next year installing new seats in its long-haul fleet of 110 aircraft.

Stena Line has confirmed plans to relocate its Irish Sea ferry operation from Stranraer to a shared harbour facility with P&O in Cairnryanin in 2007.

Dover Harbour Board has announced proposals to set up a lorry park for up to 1,500 trucks, at a cost of up to £30m, in order to keep them off the roads when port operations are delayed.

The Scottish Executive is to provide a £6m funding package for the development of a new regional air hub in Oban and new airfields on the islands of Coll and Colonsay.

Air Berlin of Germany is to set up a hub transfer operation at Stansted airport, and will offer low-cost flights to Glasgow and Manchester.

P&O is to sell its cold logistics business, including storage and trucking operations in the US, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, to Versacold of Canada for £183m.

Dean & Dyball has won a £3.2m contract from Network Rail to build train depots in Plymouth and Penzance.

Birmingham International Airport has announced plans for a £1.5bn expansion programme, including a second runway and a third terminal, in order to handle 33m passengers a year by 2030.

Newcastle Airport has unveiled plans for a new business park and a luxury hotel, as part of a ten-year expansion programme that includes a terminal extension and additional freight-handling facilities.

Bmibaby is to base a second aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport, with the creation of 30 new jobs.

First Group has won approval to set up a £10m global headquarters in Aberdeen, including a new depot for 400 bus drivers.

Bristol International Airport has announced proposals for a £80m expansion over the next decade, including a new hotel, car parks, offices, fire station and fuel depot.

Luton Airport has announced proposals to build a new terminal and replacement runway by 2012, while a second planning application will involve the extension of existing facilities.

Steam Packet Company, the Isle of Man passenger shipping company, has been acquired by Macquarie Bank of Australia for £225m.

North Dorset District Council is to consider plans from Wilts & Dorset and Damory Coaches to set up a new bus depot at the Blandford Heights Industrial Estate.

Wincanton has acquired a division of Premium Logistics for £21m, in order to strengthen its position in the French market.

National Express is to acquire Alsa, the Spanish bus and coach operator with almost 2,800 staff, for £262m.

English Welsh & Scottish Railway is considering plans to set up a container handling terminal at the Alstom railway works in Eastleigh, in order to handle freight going to and from Southampton docks.

Jet2 is to set up a low-cost airline operation at Blackpool Airport with the creation of about 50 jobs, and flights to Palma and Murcia will start in April.

Asda and PD Teesport have announced plans to set up a £20m import centre at Teesport near Middlesbrough, with the creation of 300 jobs, including a 360,000 sq ft warehouse due for completion in February 2006.

Ecodock UK is to set up a shipbreaking yard at the Swan Hunter site in Wallsend by the end of the year, with the creation of up to 240 jobs.

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority is planning to invest £18m in the upgrade of facilities, in order to enable the port to handle larger deep-water vessels.

Bombardier is said to be considering plans to shed up to 500 jobs at its rail repair works in Crewe, having rejected proposals for a management buy-out of the site.

Amethyst Group is to create 50 new jobs at its logistics operation in Lichfield, having recently expanded its warehouse after winning a contract from clothing wholesaler Prominent Europe.

Exel has accepted a £3.7bn takeover bid from Deutsche Post of Germany, creating a combined global logistics group with about 150,000 staff.

TNT Express Services is to set up a new £4.5m call centre at the Team Valley trading estate in Gateshead by the end of the year, with the creation of about 200 jobs.

James Fisher is to acquire Monyana Engineering Services, the marine equipment supplier, for £11m, and has also announced the sale of its Oceanic Pearl cable-laying vessel to Shipman Group of Norway for £11m.

Ryanair is to open a new operating base at Nottingham East Midlands airport next March, and a new base will also open at Cork in Ireland in November.

Hyder Consulting has acquired Irwinconsult, the Australian transport planning company with ten staff in New South Wales, for £0.2m.

The Scottish Executive has awarded £1.6m to WH Malcolm to set up a rail freight link between Grangemouth docks and Elderslie.

First ScotRail has awarded a £6.2m contract to Morgan Est to build a rail depot in Haymarket, Edinburgh.

BOC Group has acquired G Van Dongen Holdings, the temperature-controlled transport operator with seven companies in the Netherlands and Spain, in order to expand its Gist division.

Northwestern Shiprepairers is to vacate the former Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead with the loss of 32 jobs, after failing to reach agreement to extend its tenancy of the site.

Dart Group has sold its stake in Benair Freight International to Gulf Agency Company for £5.1m, in order to focus on temperature-controlled distribution and aviation services.

BAe Systems is to invest £18m at the Govan and Scotstoun shipyards on the Clyde, including the modernisation of the docks, new offices and the creation of 400 jobs.

Zoom Airlines, the Canadian company that offers scheduled flights from Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Belfast, is planning to expand its fleet from three to eight by 2008.

Culina Logistics is seeking permission to set up a chilled foods distribution centre at the Primepoint site in Stafford, which could lead to the creation of up to 300 jobs.

PlaneStation's administrators are to sell Manston airport, which trades as Kent International, to Infratil of New Zealand for £17m, and freight operations are expected to resume soon.

Seafield Logistics is seeking permission from Vale Royal Borough Council to build a warehouse at Brunner Mond's Winnington Lane site in Northwich, which could create 20 jobs.

Ferrovial of Spain has acquired Swissport International, the ground handling company with more than 1,500 UK staff at airports in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Gatwick and Stansted, for £438m.

Nightspeed Services, the Tipton-based parcels carrier with 900 staff and 23 depots, has been bought out of administration by Amtrak Express Parcels.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is looking to set up a 30,000 sq ft headquarters in Sheffield city centre, and three sites have been shortlisted.

National Express has acquired Northstar, the Canadian school bus company, for £26m.

Arriva has acquired Blue Bus & Coaches, the Bolton-based bus operator with 218 staff and 86 vehicles, for £2.9m.

Lynx Express, the package delivery company, has been acquired by United Parcel Service of the US for £56m.

P&O has secured conditional approval from the government to build a £1.4bn container terminal in Thurrock on the Thames Estuary by 2008, including a business park for logistics companies.

Jackson Construction has been selected as preferred contractor to build a £6m headquarters in Felixstowe for China Shipping (UK) Agency and Johnson Stevens Agencies.

International Lifting & Shipping is to relocate its Coventry-based handling and freight forwarding business to a 6,000 sq ft unit at Prologis Park in August.

Stagecoach has acquired Glenvale Transport, the Merseyside-based bus company, for £3.4m.

Eezehaul has acquired APC Mobile Couriers, the Brighton-based logistics firm, for undisclosed terms.

Cinven has sold NCP, the car park operator, to 3i for £555m, and 3i will continue the group's transformation into a general transport services business.

Norse Merchant Ferries, the ferry operator with 450 staff at terminals in Birkenhead, Belfast and Dublin, is to be acquired by Norfolkline for undisclosed terms.

Redcar Council has approved plans from PD Ports and Gazeley to set up a £20m import and distribution centre at Teesport.

Gazeley is seeking planning permission to build two warehouses of 500,000 sq ft and 340,000 sq ft at the 50-acre Western Approach site in Avonmouth.

Virgin Atlantic is to create up to 1,500 new jobs at Heathrow and Gatwick over the next 18 months, including 1,100 cabin crew, 150 flight deck, 150 engineers and 100 at the Crawley head office.

Innovate Logistics has acquired Phil Hanley, the refrigerated transport and storage company with 320 staff at sites in Newark, Grantham, Leeds, Ashford and Westbury.

Parceline is looking to create up to 150 new jobs over the next few years at a new £3.6m parcels depot due to open in Quedgeley in September.

The Grove Wharf and Neap House 190-acre port complex on the River Trent in North Lincolnshire has been sold to a management team for an estimated £25m.

DHL Global Mail is to create up to 40 jobs at its new Smartmail Citispeed mail centre in Sutton Coldfield over the next 12 months.

Wightlink, the Isle of Wight ferry service, is to be acquired by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund.

The Ministry of Defence is to relocate the Personnel & Training Command from RAF Innsworth in Gloucestershire to RAF High Wycombe, with the expected loss of more than 1,000 civilian and military jobs.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has appointed JMP Consulting to seek government funding for the development of bus travel in the city.

Mersey Docks & Harbour Company is to be acquired by Peel Ports for £771m, which could lead to new leisure and retail developments on the Liverpool waterfront.

Forth Ports is investing £4m in a new crane to increase the number of containers that can be handled at Grangemouth docks.

Southampton Airport has predicted that more than 1,000 jobs will be created in the region to service an extra 1m passengers, with low-cost airline Flybe planning to fly 12 additional routes by August 2006.

Colliers CRE has been appointed agent to sell off an 80-acre Npower site in Dartford, which could lead to the development of a 1m sq ft distribution scheme.

First ScotRail has confirmed plans to set up a customer service call centre in Fort William in August, with the creation of 50 jobs.

Tellings Golden Miller has sold its London Bus business to National Express for £20m.

Strathclyde Passenger Transport is considering proposals for the £800m expansion of Glasgow's Subway system, including new underground stations in the west end, east end, south side and Glasgow Harbour.

Virgin Atlantic is looking to double the size of its airline business over the next five years, and will diversify its network away from the North Atlantic.

Go-Ahead is to acquire Southern Vectis, the operator of 150 buses on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire, for £14m.

East Dunbartonshire Council is trialling the use of commercial barges on the Forth and Clyde Canal to transport electrical waste, which could lead to the development of a recycling facility near Kirkintilloch.

Liverpool City Council has received government approval for grants worth £17m to build a new cruise liner facility at Princes Dock, with the creation of 90 jobs.

BAA Scotland has announced proposals for the expansion of Edinburgh Airport over the next 25 years, including a new runway and 10,000 jobs, and similar plans will be released for Glasgow and Aberdeen airports in the near future.

BAe is to invest more than £20m in the modernisation of its Barrow shipyard over the next 12 months.

The Welsh Development Agency and Cardiff Council have appointed HelioSlough to start work on the development of a new 35-acre rail freight park next to the existing Cardiff International Rail Freight terminal.

PD Ports is seeking government support for its plan to build a £250m deep-sea container terminal on the south bank of the Tees, in order to relieve the congestion at ports in the south.

Glasgow City Council is in talks with First Group and Strathclyde Passenger Transport about the possibility of setting up a guided busway between the city centre and Partick.

British Waterways is planning to increase the quantity of goods transported on the canal network from 1.6m to 6m tonnes a year by 2010, and hopes to encourage the development of recycling plants and distribution centres next to canals.

First ScotRail is to set up a customer call centre in Scotland this summer with the creation of 50 jobs, but the location has not yet been decided.

Dunn-Line is to acquire MASS Transit Lincoln, the Lincoln-based operator of 29 buses with 33 staff, from MAS Special Engineering for £0.5m.

Probotec, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of rail wagons with 40 staff, has been bought out of administration by English Welsh & Scottish Railway.

BAA is planning to invest £6.8bn at its three London airports over the next ten years, in order to handle the predicted increase in passenger traffic at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

Associated British Ports is to invest a further £15m in the £45m coal handling terminal that is being built at the port of Immingham, following an agreement to handle imports for Scottish & Southern Energy.

Exel has sold its Cory Environmental waste management business, which transports waste along the Thames and operates eight landfill sites, to Montagu Private Equity for £200m.

City of York Council is considering plans from Siemens for the development of a £20m train maintenance facility next to the National Railway Museum, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

Network Rail is planning to retrain 192 of the 5,000 workers being made redundant by MG Rover to fill vacancies in the Birmingham area.

Port of Felixstowe is planning to recruit 500 workers this year, partly due to the large number of people retiring.

Helvetic Airways of Switzerland is to relocate its UK budget airline operation from Gatwick to Luton Airport in May.

Dunn-Line, the coach firm with 300 staff, is considering plans to relocate out of Nottingham, having failed to acquire a site at Bulwell.

ACIS (Advanced Communications & Information Systems), the provider of transport information systems with 120 staff, has undergone a £25m management buy-out backed by Inflexion Private Equity.

Edinburgh Airport is to relocate its 30-strong police force to a new office at Almond House.

United Freight Distribution has acquired Ollis Transport, the Bristol-based distribution company with 45 staff.

Centaur Seaplane is to raise up to £2.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of six-seat amphibious aircraft.

Network Rail is planning to upgrade at least 30 railway stations to prevent dangerous overcrowding, which will involve expanded concourses, additional escalators and wider ramps.

City of Derry Airport is to receive £10m of government funding for an expansion project.

Clarkson has acquired Ferrobulk, the Italian shipbroker with 30 staff, for an initial £4.2m.

James Fisher has acquired FenderCare, the Norwich-based supplier of large-scale pneumatic fenders to the shipping industry with 65 staff, for up to £12m.

Stagecoach is to expand its nationwide bus operations over the next 12 months, having ordered 340 new vehicles from Alexander Dennis, MAN and Optare.

Business Direct Group has acquired the customers and goodwill of the in-boot logistics division of Esprit In-Night Express from ANC for at least £0.2m.

London City Airport is to invest £40m in the expansion of its facilities over the next five years, including a terminal extension and more space for aircraft.

Journeycall is to set up a new call centre in Laurencekirk near Montrose, with the creation of up to 20 jobs, in order to handle enquiries for rail and coach companies.

Jarvis is to relocate the head office for its rail renewals and plant hire business from London to York next month, but most of the 60 staff have opted not to move.

PD Ports has announced that up to 450 jobs will be created at Teesport with the development of a £30m import and distribution centre for an unnamed international retailer.

Belfast International Airport has unveiled plans to invest up to £40m in new facilities over the next five years.

Preston Council is considering proposals to set up a Rapid Transport System in the city centre.

Malcolm Group, the Scottish road transport group, is to undergo a management buy-out for £70m.

Amaro is to expand its leaflet distribution business by setting up new bases in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the north west this year, with the creation of up to 2,500 jobs.

Port of Blyth is planning a £1.6m extension to its Battleship Wharf terminal by July, and the 100-strong workforce will rise by about 10%.

GrantRail Group has acquired Total Power Solutions, the York-based railway engineering company with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Arriva is to acquire Sippel Group, the German bus operator, for £15m.

Arriva Trains is to relocate its Welsh headquarters and about 120 staff to the St Mary's House development in Cardiff in March.

Associated British Ports is to build a £1.6m distribution centre at the Port of Swansea for RKL Plywood by the end of the year.

Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Westrans have secured a £7.4m funding package from the government to invest in new buses, shelters and bus priority schemes.

Birmingham International Airport is expected to unveil draft expansion plans later this year, in order to provide capacity for almost 35m passengers per year.

Felixstowe Town Council has recommended approval for the construction of a new headquarters building near the port of Felixstowe for both China Shipping (UK) Agency and Johnson Stevens Agencies.

Wallace Arnold has agreed terms for a merger with Shearings to create WA Shearings, a £200m coach travel group with 3,400 staff, and both head offices in Leeds and Wigan will be retained.

Associated British Ports has won permission to develop a new £40m container terminal at the port of Hull.

Associated British Ports is to invest £2.5m at Garston docks on Merseyside, including a new aggregates distribution facility for Maxit.

Norwich International Airport has announced plans for the £4m expansion of its terminal building over the next year, including new check-in and baggage-handling facilities.

First Group is to invest £29m in Glasgow's public transport over the next two years, including 220 new buses.

Brighton & Hove Council is drawing up plans to spend £1m on the expansion of Shoreham airport, including new security and baggage handling facilities.

Network Rail is to set up a new regional headquarters for 1,000 staff at Jarvis House in York, with people relocating from other sites nearby.

Gazeley is planning to set up a 750,000 sq ft distribution centre in Skelmersdale and an 800,000 sq ft site in Newark.

Wallace Arnold is in merger discussions with Shearings, which could lead to the creation of a combined coaching holidays business with annual sales of more than £200m.

Richard Lawson Autologistics, the Dundee-based vehicle distribution firm with 650 staff at 23 sites nationwide, has been bought out of administration by a management team.

Able UK is seeking permission for a £25m dock development project in Hartlepool, which will create 700 jobs at three new quays, a shipbuilding and recycling centre, and an offshore manufacturing site.

Business Direct Group has acquired Concord Couriers, Concord Logistics and Concord Welwyn Garden City for up to £2m, including two call centres and four delivery depots.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Mansfield District Council have announced proposals for the development of a £7m bus station in Mansfield.

The Scottish Executive is to set up a headquarters for a new national transport agency in Glasgow later this year, and some of the 200 staff are expected to transfer from Strathclyde Passenger Transport.

Fragonset and Merlin have merged to create a combined Derby-based train operating and rolling stock business called FM Rail, with 70 staff.

Tellings Golden Miller is planning to acquire the Airlinks coach business at Heathrow airport from National Express, including 36 vehicles and 90 staff.

Durham Tees Valley Airport has submitted plans for a major expansion project, including a new cargo and maintenance village, a business park and a hotel.

National Express is to create 30 jobs at Digbeth Coach Station in Birmingham, including 20 drivers and ten customer services staff.

Weardale Railways is to shed all 36 jobs due to delays in accessing public funding for the development of the Weardale Heritage Railway in County Durham.