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Transport - 2008






















Derby City Council has approved plans from Goodman Group to build a 1.2m sq ft warehouse at the £175m Raynesway industrial park scheme.

Stagecoach has acquired Eastbourne Buses, which has 150 staff and 70 vehicles, from Eastbourne Borough Council, and will invest £1.5m in new greener buses.

Abels Moving Services of Suffolk has formed an alliance with ICM Kungsholms of Sweden to acquire London-based executive relocation firm Michael Gerson, in order to create a combined removals and storage business with turnover of £37m.

Birmingham International Airport has won approval from Solihull Council for the £130m extension of its runway, in order to attract larger aircraft.

DFDS Seaways is to relocate its call centre from Harwich to North Shields.

Defra is considering Merseyside as a potential location for the headquarters of a new Marine Management Organisation, which would employ 200 staff to manage all of the country's marine activities.

GeoPost UK is to set up a DPD parcels depot at Kingmoor Park in Carlisle early next year, with the creation of an unspecified number of new jobs.

Culina Logistics is to open a new distribution centre at Cabot Park in Bristol in January, employing 200 staff.

Stobart Group is to acquire Southend Airport, which has 100 staff, for £21m, in order to gain a southern base for its transport business.

Rhenus Logistics is to open a new 70,000 sq ft hub at Gallan Park in Cannock in 2009.

Leicester City Council is considering proposals to build a new £55m bus station in Charles Street or Humberstone Gate East.

Crawford Transport Services has sold its assets out of administration to Crawford Pallet Distribution, securing the future of 20 driving jobs in Tyne & Wear.

Roadways Container Logistics, the Essex-based container transport firm, has been sold by Maersk to a new company called Aegeus Transport for undisclosed terms.

First Luggage is to merge with Sports Express of the US to create a combined luggage transport group with sales of £3.4m.

Wincanton is to merge its chilled foods distribution business with Culina, which has nine distribution centres across the country, and Wincanton will have a 20% stake in the enlarged group.

Arriva has acquired LNWR, the Crewe-based train maintenance company with 110 staff, for £2.4m.

TDG is to relocate its Lisburn-based logistics business to a new site at Mallusk, but some of the 19 jobs will be lost.

Parcelnet is to open a new parcels hub in Nuneaton by mid-2009, with the creation of 100 jobs, and its head office will relocate from Bradford to Leeds.

Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners is considering plans to invest £8m in the expansion of Faithlie Basin, in order to allow larger fishing vessels into the port.

Grant Thornton has sold the assets of United Trailers, the Cambridgeshire-based trailer manufacturer, out of administration to a new company called United Trailers Wisbech.

Wincanton has acquired CEL Group, the container logistics firm with 470 staff at eight sites, for an initial £20m.

Network Rail is planning to set up a new 350,000 sq ft national headquarters for 3,000 staff on the site of the former National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes, and details will be announced next year.

Stobart Group is looking into the possibility of setting up a distribution complex at the new London Gateway container port scheme at Thurrock.

BMI British Midland, the Castle Donington-based airline with hubs at Heathrow and Manchester, is to be acquired by Lufthansa of Germany for £314m.

Pink Ladies is planning to expand its Warrington-based women-only cab service across the country, with operations starting in Bury, Cardiff and Ipswich by the end of the year.

Optare is to relocate its Blackburn-based bus factory to the 280,000 sq ft former Corus plant at Walker Business Park early next year, securing the future of about 300 jobs.

Eastern Airways is to set up an operation at London City Airport, and flights to Amsterdam will start in January.

Bristol International Airport has unveiled a £70m expansion that could double the size of the airport over the next eight years, and expects to submit an outline planning application next March.

Piano Logistics has bought Butler Piano Movers of Huntingdon out of voluntary liquidation for undisclosed terms.

Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port has won permission to build a new £15m terminal by the end of 2010.

Les Knight Transport has been bought out of administration by Dodds Group, securing 30 jobs at its Faversham-based freight business.

The Highways Agency is planning to relocate its Birmingham office to a 50,000 sq ft unit at The Cube development near The Mailbox in March 2010.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is to invest £60m at its lifeboat stations around the coast of Wales over the next five years, including six new boats.

Huelin-Renouf Shipping has started work on the development of a new £6m logistics facility at Southampton docks, and hopes to transfer the work from Portsmouth in December.

Kent International Airport has unveiled a 25-year expansion plan that anticipates an increase in passenger numbers from 16,000 a year to 6m by 2033.

CitySprint has acquired PBS Deliveries, the Birmingham-based logistics firm with four administration staff and 25 self-employed couriers.

Network Rail is to invest £15m in the expansion of the Edge Hill railway depot in Merseyside.

Burke Bros is to create about 50 new jobs at its Wolverhampton-based removals business, and 16 vehicles are being added to its fleet.

PremiAir is to expand its private jet operation at Oxford Airport by the end of the year, with the creation of 15 jobs.

Archbold Logistics has acquired Direct Pallet Services, the Nuneaton-based transport firm with 52 staff and 30 vehicles.

Kingmoor Park Properties is seeking planning permission to invest £100m in the development of two new distribution centres at Wrexham Industrial Estate, and has two potential occupants.

Volvo Group UK has sold Wales and West Truck and Bus Centre to a management buy-out operating under the name of WW Truck & Bus for undisclosed terms, including 200 staff in Avon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales.

BBA Aviation has acquired Southern Aero Services, which operates Interflight Executive Aircraft Services at Gatwick, for an initial £4.5m, in order to expand its Signature Flight Support network.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has drawn up plans to develop a new £40m Bus Rapid Transit between Rotherham Interchange and Sheffield city centre.

Royal Mail is to close sorting offices in Stockport, Bolton and Oldham over the next two years, as part of a plan to develop a new regional distribution centre in Warrington and four delivery offices in Manchester and Liverpool.

Howard Tenens is to open a new logistics depot in Ashby de la Zouch by the end of the year, and the 15-acre site will include 150,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space.

Telford & Wrekin Council is to support a £8m public-sector investment in the development of a new international rail freight park next to the Hortonwood Industrial Estate by spring 2009.

Flybe is planning to expand its flights from Aberdeen Airport in 2009, including new routes to continental Europe and the creation of 100 jobs.

The Weardale Railway in County Durham has sold a 75% stake to Iowa Pacific Holdings of the US, which is expected to lead to the development of new freight, passenger and tourist services.

Belfast City Airport is to be sold by Ferrovial of Spain to ABN Amro's Global Infrastructure fund for £132m.

AirTanker is to create an initial 30 jobs at Ventura Park near RAF Brize Norton, in order to work on a contract to replace the RAF transport and refuelling fleet.

Cert Octavian is setting up an 84,000 sq ft logistics centre at Adwick Park near Rotherham.

City Link is planning to open new express delivery depots in Coventry, Norwich, Stoke and Worcester over the next two months.

Norbert Dentressangle is setting up a 242,000 sq ft logistics warehouse at the Big Tel site in Telford.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has acquired Condor Ferries, the operator of ferries from Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to Jersey, Guernsey and France, for £250m.

Secured Mail has received a £1.6m investment from Aquarius Equity Partners to fund the expansion of its Liverpool-based postal services business.

HW Coates has bought McLellan's Transport out of administration, including a warehouse in Stepps, near Glasgow, and 70 staff.

The Bristol Port Company is seeking government approval to change the nature of Avonmouth docks, in order to progress plans for the development of a £500m deep sea container terminal.

Palletline is investing £20m in the development of a new freight hub at its site in Solihull over the next few months.

Trafficmaster is to acquire TRI-MEX Group, the pan-European service for stolen vehicle and cargo tracking, for up to £4.7m.

Royal Mail is to set up a distribution centre on a 12-acre site in West Thurrock, including a 220,000 sq ft refurbished building and lorry park.

Tracsis is to acquire RWA Rail, the Loughborough-based provider of consultancy services to the rail sector with 18 staff, for an initial £0.6m.

Newcastle Airport has acquired Samson Aviation Services for £0.5m, and plans to expand the business aviation activities at the 50-acre site on the south side of the airport.

Royal Mail is to invest up to £70m in a new mail sorting and distribution centre at the Swan Valley Industrial Estate in Northampton by 2010, but the Bishop Street site in Coventry will close with the loss of about 500 jobs.

TDG, the logistics group with 7,000 staff and 133 sites across Europe, is to be acquired by Laxey Partners of the Isle of Man in a £203m deal.

Arriva has acquired Empresa de Blas y Cia, the Spanish bus operator with 679 staff, for £79m.

Skyblue Aviation is to create about 15 jobs at its new Atlantic Express airline in Exeter, following the delivery of a 46-seater aircraft.

British Airways is to acquire L'Avion, the French business-class airline, for £54m, in order to expand its OpenSkies subsidiary.

Network Rail has confirmed plans to invest a further £30m in the development of the Whitemoor rail yard in the Cambridgeshire town of March, in order to recycle railway materials and create 25 jobs.

Stobart Group has bought the chilled and ambient distribution operations of Annesley-based Innovate Logistics out of administration for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of about 1,300 staff.

Palletforce is to create about 100 jobs at its new £30m 380,000 sq ft distribution centre due to open in Burton early next year.

Dee Set is planning to relocate its three logistics, fulfilment and storage sites in North Staffordshire and up to 160 staff to a former Royal Doulton warehouse in Fenton over the next few months.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering plans to set up a freight transhipment depot at an undisclosed location, as part of a £5m initiative to remove heavy trucks from Bath city centre.

Ashworth Preece of Manchester has acquired Copps Logistics of Salisbury for undisclosed terms.

Gunns Transport, the Erith-based haulage firm with 100 trucks, has undergone a £3.5m management buy-out backed by Lloyds TSB.

ACM Shipping Group is to acquire the shipbroking business of Harris & Dixon Shipbrokers of London for £2.5m.

Optare, the Leeds-based bus and coachbuilding company with 550 staff, has been acquired by Darwen Holdings of Blackburn for £16m.

Royal Bank of Scotland has sold Angel Trains, the train leasing firm with about 200 staff in London and Derby, to a consortium led by Babcock & Brown European Infrastructure Fund for £3.6bn.

Freightliner, the rail freight carrier, is to be acquired by Arcapita of Bahrain for £340m, and is now looking to expand the international side of the business.

Virgin Atlantic is to create 100 cabin crew jobs later this year by doubling the number of flights between Heathrow and Hong Kong.

Stagecoach is to close its bus depot in Louth in September, and the staff will relocate to sites in Grimsby and Skegness.

Transport for London is to set up a 116,000 sq ft headquarters at 25 Canada Square for its Crossrail project.

British International has sold Veritair Aviation, the provider of helicopter and pilot services, and Cardiff Heliport to a management buy-out.

Network Rail and the Welsh Assembly Government have unveiled proposals to invest £52m in improvements to the rail network in South Wales, including the £22m revamp of Newport station.

BAA has secured a £7.6bn financing package to fund the redevelopment of parts of Heathrow and Stansted airports, including a new Heathrow East building to replace terminals 1 and 2.

Wincanton has acquired Product Support Holdings, the defence logistics firm with 25 support centres and 422 staff, for £27m.

Arup has unveiled proposals to build a new mainline station to link Heathrow Airport to the national rail network.

Rhys Davies Freight Logistics, the South Wales-based chain of nine transport depots with 462 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

BBA Aviation has acquired Flygiene, the aircraft cleaning firm with almost 100 staff at Manchester and Birmingham airports.

Deuxmil Marine, the London-based yachting services firm, is to acquire broker YCO in a £12m reverse takeover.

The Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN) is to invest £70m in new low-emission vehicles, real-time information systems and dedicated lanes in Bristol over the next three years, having secured a £42m government grant.

Microlise, the Nottingham-based provider of technology solutions for the transport industry with 170 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Bmibaby is planning to double the size of its low-cost airline operations at Manchester Airport over the next few years, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.

Savage Haulage has bought the assets of Full Circle Freight of Suffolk out of receivership for undisclosed terms.

Stagecoach has acquired Highland Country Buses and Orkney Coaches from Rapsons Coaches, with the transfer of 200 vehicles, 400 staff and bus depots in Inverness, Aviemore, Fort William, Portree, Thurso, Wick and Orkney.

Cityspace has acquired Kizoom, the London-based supplier of real-time transport information to the internet and mobile devices.

Triple A Transport is planning to open two more depots following the launch of its new 25,000 sq ft warehouse in Tilbury, and is considering sites in Bristol and Yorkshire.

Hapag-Lloyd is to relocate its Liverpool-based shipping office and 60 staff to the Port of Liverpool Building, and Warrington-based Claremont has won the fit-out contract.

Balfour Beatty is to acquire Blackpool International Airport from Mar Properties for £14m, in order to expand its Regional & City Airports division.

Redfern International has acquired Dolphin Logistics, the international logistics firm with 80 staff in London, Nottingham and Hong Kong.

PD Ports has reached agreement with Tesco to set up a £50m import centre at Tees Dock, with the creation of 800 jobs over the next two years.

Merseytravel has acquired Livesmart, the Liverpool-based smart card provider, in order to improve passenger services.

East Midlands Trains is to relocate 50 jobs from Midland House in Derby to a new office in Nottingham this summer.

St Modwen is to build a 102,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Quedgeley West Business Park in Gloucester for CM Downton, in order to store Dyson vacuum cleaners.

Stiller Group has acquired James Durrans Transport, the South Yorkshire-based bulk powder transport division of James Durrans & Sons.

Warrant Group, the Liverpool-based freight forwarding company with 86 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Royal Bank of Scotland.

TAL Logistics has acquired Phillips (Seahouses), the Northumberland-based haulier with 13 vehicles, as part of a strategy to double in size over the next 18 months.

A&P Tyne is to create about 200 jobs at its South Tyneside shipyard to work on a £30m contract to convert an icebreaking ship into a floating accommodation vessel.

Portsmouth Ferry Port is considering plans to build a new terminal building, having appointed Halcrow Group to review the site's passenger and freight facilities.

Arriva is to acquire an 80% stake in Interbus Invest, the Hungarian bus operator with 1,500 staff, for £25m.

Hampshire County Council is to consider proposals from Transport for South Hampshire for a £15m waterbus service across the Solent between Southampton and Portsmouth, as part of a £2.6bn upgrade of the area's transport network.

Mediterranean Shipping Company is to open a new £4.7m extension to its headquarters at Ransomes Europark in Ipswich in October, in order to consolidate the 350 local staff onto one site.

Peel Ports has won planning permission for the second phase of the Liverpool Intermodal Freeport Terminal, including 400,000 sq ft of warehousing space on a 70-acre site.

Jim Brackenridge Transport, the provider of haulage services with 120 staff at depots in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld, Inverness, Kirkwall and Lerwick, has been acquired by Inchmuir for undisclosed terms.

The Department for Regional Development is considering proposals to develop a £147m rapid transit network in Belfast.

SA Trucks, the Bristol-based truck dealership with 128 staff, has been acquired by MAN in a multi-million pound deal.

ARR Craib, the Aberdeen-based haulage firm with 360 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Network Rail is forming a joint venture with Kier Property for the £500m redevelopment of six station sites across the South East, including Enfield, Epsom, Guildford, Maidstone, Twickenham and Walthamstow.

John Menzies has acquired Novia Sverige, the Swedish airport ground-handling firm, for £8.7m.

Expect Distribution is to relocate its haulage business and 130 staff to a new 105,000 sq ft distribution centre and headquarters at the Premier Point development in Bradford in December.

Rochdale Council and Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive have secured a £10m government grant to build a new bus station near the existing site in Rochdale.

East Midlands Trains is to invest £90m in service improvements, including the refurbishment of stations and trains and a new control centre in Derby.

Interfleet Technology is opening a new rail consultancy office at Devonshire Square in central London, and the initial 60 staff will rise to 100 by 2012.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport is looking into the possibility of setting up a freight consolidation centre, in order to reduce the number of vehicle deliveries in Glasgow city centre.

UPN, the Leicestershire-based logistics company, is planning to expand its nationwide chain of 60 freight depots with ten new sites this year.

Transport for London is to acquire Tramtrack Croydon, the owner of the tram system in Croydon, in a £98m deal.

Optare, the Leeds-based bus and coach manufacturer with 550 staff, has been acquired by Jamesstan Investments for undisclosed terms.

Bulmers Logistics is to create 35 driving jobs in Ipswich and Immingham over the coming weeks, but 23 jobs have been cut in Hull and Teesport.

Gazeley has unveiled plans for the development of a distribution centre called Magna Park at Stanground near Peterborough, including seven warehouses, a rail freight interchange and the creation of up to 5,400 jobs.

IDS Logistics is to create 200 new jobs in Leicester, following a recent £3.5m investment at its distribution depot on Sunningdale Business Park.

BAA has submitted plans to build a new £2.5bn runway and terminal at Stansted Airport by 2015, which could create more than 13,000 jobs.

Denholm Logistics has acquired Arends International, the Newton-le-Willows-based freight forwarding firm with annual turnover of more than £50m, for undisclosed terms.

Stobart Group is to acquire Irlam Group, the Cheshire-based haulier with 674 staff, for £60m, as well as WA Developments, the transport infrastructure company, for £10m.

Van Hee Transport is planning to double the number of people trained by its Gateshead-based logistics training business to 2,400 over the next two years.

Clyde Group, the marine recruitment firm with 150 staff in Glasgow, Stirling, Clydebank, Inverness, Aberdeen and Southampton, has undergone a management buy-out.

Peel Holdings is planning to develop a new hub for business aviation at Barton Aerodrome, which has now been renamed City Airport Manchester, in order to benefit from the growth in private jets.

Wincanton has acquired HeBo, the German logistics firm with about 50 staff, for an initial £2.2m.

Go-Ahead has sold Go West Midlands, the bus operator with 370 staff at depots in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Redditch, to Rotala for £2m.

Peel Ports has sold Roadferry Holdings, the Leyland-based haulage firm with annual turnover of £48m, to DSV Road Holdings of Denmark for undisclosed terms.

Air Menzies is seeking a suitable site at Heathrow for a 250,000 sq ft air freight warehouse and headquarters, in order to relocate from three existing offices by the end of 2009.

Pickfords, the Enfield-based removals and storage company, has been sold by Sirva to Team Relocations for undisclosed terms.

Ryanair is to expand its budget airline operations at Edinburgh Airport this year, with the addition of 12 new routes to European destinations and the creation of 100 jobs.

Braemar Shipping Services has acquired Steege Kingston Partnership, the provider of loss adjusting services to the energy, marine and power sectors with 62 staff in London, Singapore, Canada, Mexico and the US, for an initial £5.5m.

First Great Western is to invest £29m in improvements to its rail service, including five additional trains and a £4m training package for customer service staff.

UK Ultraspeed is expected to receive funding from the Merseyside Partnership for the development of a high-speed magnetic levitation rail network between Liverpool and Manchester.

BBA Aviation is to acquire the assets of Hawker Beechcraft's Line Service Operations for £65m, including seven private jet servicing bases in the US.

PD Ports has won government approval to build a £300m deep-sea container terminal at Teesport by 2011, which could lead to the creation of up to 5,500 jobs.

City Link is to open a new 37,500 sq ft parcel distribution centre at the Broadland Business Park near Norwich in the summer, to replace its existing site in Bowthorpe.

Air Partner has announced plans to invest £7m in a new terminal and hangar facilities at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, in order to benefit from the growth in private jets.

Exeter International Airport is planning to invest £124m in an expansion programme, in order to cope with an expected rise in annual passenger numbers from 1m to 3.3m by 2030.

Network Rail is to relocate its railway infrastructure records from Glasgow, London and Birmingham to Clifton Moor in York by autumn, with the creation of more than 30 jobs.

Merseytravel is to relocate the Liverpool-based headquarters of its public transport business to the 140,000 sq ft Mann Island development at Pier Head.

Wolverhampton City Council and Neptune Developments have unveiled plans to build a £140m travel interchange, including new rail and bus stations, a casino, a hotel and shops.

CrossCountry, the rail operator, is to set up a 21,000 sq ft headquarters at Cannon House in Birmingham city centre this summer.

Chambers Coach Hire is to create 25 driving jobs at a new £5m operating centre due to open in Londonderry in March.

Network Rail has secured £388m of government funding to expand New Street station in Birmingham, and work will start in 2009.

National Express East Coast is to relocate its York headquarters and most of the 194 staff to a 22,300 sq ft office at Albion Wharf in June.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved plans for the development of a £10m bus station at Quaker Way in Mansfield.

Darlingtons Group, the transport and warehousing firm with 100 staff in the Wirral and Glossop, has undergone a £1.1m management buy-out.

The Ministry of Defence is planning to relocate two army units from Germany to RAF Cosford in Shropshire in 2013, which would create up to 300 jobs.

DHL is to set up a 37,000 sq ft logistics unit for its pallet network services business at Summit Park in Glasshoughton, West Yorkshire.

Flybe is planning to set up a base as Newcastle International Airport, including new flights to Gatwick and the creation of 100 jobs over the next two years.

Cosco Logistics is to set up another 34,000 sq ft warehouse at the Zenith Industrial Estate in Basildon.

Go-Ahead is to relocate the head office of its public transport business from Tyneside to London, but there will be no transfers and only one job will be lost from the 24-strong Newcastle-based staff.

Stobart Group has unveiled plans to expand its container terminal in Widnes, with the creation of up to 1,000 jobs, and is seeking retailers that are interested in setting up distribution centres on the site.

Safestore is planning to expand its chain of 104 self-storage centres with ten new sites this year.

Laing Rail, the operator of the Chiltern Trains franchise, is to be acquired by Deutsche Bahn of Germany for an undisclosed sum thought to be about £130m.

TNT Post is planning to set up a 230,000 sq ft distribution centre at Burnaston Cross in Derbyshire, providing space for a mail sorting depot and offices.

Wincanton has acquired Hanbury Davies, the Suffolk-based container logistics firm with 780 staff and 480 vehicles at 21 locations, for an initial £25m.

Ryanair is to set up a new base at Birmingham International Airport with up to ten aircraft flying on 100 routes within five years, which could create 5,000 jobs for pilots, cabin crew, engineering and support staff.

Ascott Transport is planning to expand the 75-strong workforce at its Derbyshire-based transport and warehouse business with 15 new staff over the next year.

East Devon District Council is to proceed with plans for the development of a multimodal freight depot on a 160-hectare site near Exeter, in order to encourage the use of rail freight and create up to 750 jobs.

Lawrence David has bought the One-Call aftersales support operation of Peterborough-based trailer manufacturer Ray Smith Group out of administration, securing the future of 12 jobs.

Network Rail has won approval from the Welsh Assembly for a new train depot in Wrexham, in order to support 45 jobs being created with Wrexham & Shropshire's new service to London Marylebone from spring 2008.

BMI is creating 20 management and strategy jobs at the Castle Donington-based head office of its airline business.

Lok n Store has acquired two new sites in Maidenhead and Northampton for the development of self-storage centres, taking its total number to 23.

ProLogis has secured government approval to build a £80m 2.1m sq ft rail freight depot on the 155-acre Howbury Park site in Bexley, London.