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Transport - 2009






















Gregory Distribution is to merge its Scottish haulage operations with Hayton Coulthard, the Twynholm-based company with a fleet of 120 trailers.

Maritime Group is to acquire DHL's UK container business for undisclosed terms, including lifting and storage operations in Felixstowe and Trafford Park.

Glasgow Airport is to invest £25m in improvements to its passenger facilities and traffic access over the next two years.

Norfolkline, the operator of the Belfast to Liverpool ferry service with 390 staff in Northern Ireland, is to be acquired by DFDS in a £309m deal.

Tram Power is in talks with Network Rail about the possibility of building a £100m light rail system in Preston, and also wants to set up a factory in Leyland to manufacture the tram systems.

Centro has won permission for the £13m expansion of the Midland Metro tram depot in Wednesbury, with the creation of 15 jobs.

Aviation Group has acquired London Helicopter Centres, the helicopter charter firm with sites in Redhill and Enniskillen.

The Department for Transport is to invest £20m in the introduction of smart ticketing systems for public transport in cities throughout the country over the next five years.

Renaissance International of Canada is to set up a private jet maintenance facility at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster next year, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.

Anglesey County Council is to consider plans from Conygar Investment Company for a £10m distribution depot at the port of Holyhead, which could create 450 warehouse and office jobs.

Lewis Tankers, the Goole-based fleet of 70 oil and chemical tankers, has undergone a management buy-out from Simon Storage.

Nottingham City Council has shortlisted Arrow Connect and Tramlink Nottingham to extend and operate the city's tram network by 2014.

The Port of Tyne is to build a new biomass storage facility next year, having agreed a £16m deal to handle the fuel for the Drax power station in North Yorkshire.

Go-Ahead is to sell most of its ground handling and cargo operations at Heathrow to Dnata for £15m, while its ground handling operations at 11 other airports will be sold to Servisair UK for a nominal sum.

Network Rail has unveiled plans to invest £10m in improvements to Oxford railway station by 2011, including a new platform.

CitySprint has acquired On The Dot, the Warwickshire-based courier firm, for undisclosed terms.

Plymouth City Council is to sell Plymouth CityBus to Go-Ahead for £20m, with the transfer of 485 staff.

Manchester Airport has won permission to build a new 200,000 sq ft cargo depot at the World Freight Terminal.

Leicester City Council has unveiled plans to build a new £67m bus station in Mansfield Street.

Royal Mail has won permission to build a new sorting depot at Orchard Retail Park in Coventry, which will employ 250 staff.

British Airways has agreed terms for a £4.4bn merger with Iberia of Spain in late 2010, creating a combined London-based airline with 419 aircraft.

Network Rail is to invest £3.2bn in improvements to more than 2,000 stations across the country over the next five years, including lifts, ticket offices, information systems, lighting and CCTV.

Port of Tyne is to invest £5.7m in the restoration of the western fishing quay in North Shields.

Invest in Nottingham has announced that Silver Track is to open a new training centre for rail industry apprentices at the National Rail Heritage Centre in November.

Argonaut Logistics has bought Sheffield-based Argonaut Freight Forwarding and Freight Care International in a pre-pack administration deal.

Harris Pye has won a contract to refit a Saga cruise ship at Swansea Dry Dock, which could create 300 new jobs.

Stobart Group is looking to extend its new refrigerated rail service that delivers fresh produce between Spain and Dagenham to its transport hub in Widnes.

Kilmartin has sold its Kilbride rail infrastructure business to management for undisclosed terms, including projects in Inverurie, Stretton, Swindon and Tavistock.

One World Logistics has bought Surfair Freight Services of Leicester out of administration, securing the future of up to 30 jobs.

The Department for Transport is to consider plans from Metro for the development of a £275m 14-mile electric bus network in Leeds by 2015.

Lufthansa Resource is to relocate its ground-based technical training facility and about 22 staff from St Athan and Cwmbran to Cotswold Airport near Cirencester next May.

Freightex is setting up a new road freight office with ten brokers near Manchester Airport by March 2010.

East of England Development Agency has announced £8.3m of European funding for the development of a rail freight line between Felixstowe and Nuneaton.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council is to consider plans from the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive for a new £11m transport interchange on Smith Street.

Rotala is to raise £2.1m in a share placing to fund the development of new bus depots in Droitwich and the Bath area.

BAA has agreed to sell Gatwick Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners for £1.5bn, which could lead to a £900m investment in new facilities for airlines and passengers over the next four years.

Ainsworth & Martin has been bought out of administration by a management team, securing 100 jobs at its haulage operations in Preston and Gloucester.

DHL is to conduct a review of its 36m sq ft property portfolio, which is likely to result in the development of smaller 30,000 sq ft distribution centres near towns and cities.

DHL is to set up a 47,000 sq ft office at Ocean House in Bracknell.

Norfolkline, the ferry company, is to expand its financial services centre in Belfast, with the creation of 60 jobs over the next 18 months.

Fox Moving & Storage has acquired Vanpac International, the Southampton-based removals firm, taking its nationwide network of branches to ten.

Grocontinental is to invest £3m in a new 80,000 sq ft temperature-controlled facility for its Shropshire-based haulage business, with the creation of about ten new jobs.

Stobart Air has submitted plans to extend the runway at Southend Airport by May 2011, as part of a £30m expansion programme.

PD Ports, the operator of Teesport, is to be acquired by Brookfield Asset Management of Canada for a nominal sum, as part of a recapitalisation by owner Babcock & Brown Infrastructure.

Seafield Logistics is expected to create a number of new jobs at a 41,000 sq ft warehouse in Worksop, having won a contract to distribute luggage products for Tripp.

Hargreaves Transport Services has acquired Stiller Tankers, the Stockton-based haulage firm, for undisclosed terms.

Air Livery is planning to expand the 50-strong workforce at its new aircraft refinishing centre at Manchester Airport.

The Department for Transport is to invest £14m in new cycling facilities at railway stations, including the creation of "cycle hubs" in London, Grimsby, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and York.

Pallet Network has agreed a deal with ProLogis to set up a 314,700 sq ft distribution centre at Minworth in the West Midlands.

Bond Aviation Group is creating up to 80 new jobs at its helicopter operations in Gloucestershire and Aberdeen, having won new contracts worth £153m.

Dundee City Council is in discussions with Scottish Enterprise and Network Rail about proposals for the £10m modernisation of Dundee's railway station.

Advantage West Midlands is to provide £6.5m of funding for the development of a new centre for intelligent transport innovations at the MIRA site near Hinckley, and it will be known as InnovITS-Advance.

Wiltshire County Council has approved plans from Kenmore Capital to build a distribution centre in Amesbury, which could create up to 1,200 jobs.

Staffwise has acquired Cheshire Recruitment Services, the Stockport-based supplier of logistics and technical staff.

VOW Europe is to set up a new 255,000 sq ft business supplies warehouse at ProLogis Wakefield Europort, in order to relocate from an adjacent building.

Stobart Group is to set up a 367,000 sq ft distribution centre at Manor Park in Runcorn.

Acumen Logistics Group has acquired Auto UK logistics, the Coventry-based car transporter, creating a new group called Acumen Auto Logistics.

Leonard Curtis has announced the sale of AJA Smith Transport, the Clitheroe-based haulage firm with ten remaining staff, out of administration to a new company called AJS Bulk Services.

BMI is to expand its budget airline operations at East Midlands Airport, including three additional aircraft and eight new European routes.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is planning to invest £12m in the expansion of its retail and security facilities.

ProLogis and PRUPIM have won government consent to build a 1.36m sq ft logistics park on a 120-acre site at Pyestock in Hampshire.

Optare of Blackburn is to raise £8.6m in a share placing to fund the development of low-carbon buses.

Deben Transport has acquired a 60% stake in Redburn Transfer, the Enfield-based entertainment transport firm, for undisclosed terms.

Maiden's of Telford is to relocate its haulage business to a new £2m headquarters at Donnington Wood in April 2010.

Go-Ahead is to acquire Arriva's bus operations in Horsham for £5m, including 19 vehicles and 58 staff, in order to expand its Metrobus service.

Fowler Welch has acquired Bawdsey Haulage, the Felixstowe-based container transport company with 45 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Safestore is planning to expand its chain of 94 self-storage centres with at least six new sites by 2011.

Prolog has unveiled proposals to relocate its Sudbury-based logistics business to a new £50m site in Chilton, which could create up to 500 new jobs.

Jet2 is planning to set up a base at East Midlands Airport in spring 2010, with the creation of about 80 jobs.

Network Rail has unveiled proposals to build a new £34bn high-speed railway line between London and Glasgow by 2030, and it would also serve Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

Home Delivery Network has acquired G&M Distribution, the Airdrie-based delivery company with 100 vehicles, for undisclosed terms.

Jet2 is to launch four new routes from Newcastle Airport to Crete, Cyprus, Gran Canaria and Turkey next summer, with the creation of about 100 jobs.

Melrose has sold Crisplant, the supplier of warehouse sorting solutions formerly known as FKI Logistex Europe, to Beumer Group for £26m.

EasyBus is to set up a new bus depot in North London, having acquired a site for £2.7m.

The RNLI is to set up a new office with 11 staff in Solihull in September, in order to relocate some of its lifeboat fund-raising and communications work from Cardiff.

Network Rail is setting up a 62,000 sq ft office at MK Central in Milton Keynes, as part of a phased relocation programme.

Sheldon & Clayton has acquired Tipton Transport, the West Midlands-based haulage firm with 23 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Jet2 is to launch three new routes from Manchester Airport to Kos, Venice and Gran Canaria in summer 2010, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Network Rail is to invest £1bn in railway improvements in Scotland, including the electrification of the Glasgow to Edinburgh line by 2016.

Leggetts Transport is to be sold out of administration to Marmex, securing almost 70 jobs at its Suffolk-based haulage business.

Ryanair is to invest £120m setting up a new base at Leeds-Bradford International Airport, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Network Rail has won approval from Wiltshire Council to build a railway recycling centre in Westbury, which would create up to 30 jobs.

Excelsis Airways is planning to restore daily flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport to London City Airport, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.

Go-Ahead Group is to acquire the assets of East Thames Buses from Transport for London for £5m, including 113 vehicles and 460 staff.

CitySprint has acquired Jaguar Couriers, the Telford-based courier firm, for undisclosed terms.

The Department for Transport has unveiled plans to invest £1.1bn in the electrification of rail lines between London and Swansea and between Liverpool and Manchester.

Network Rail has unveiled plans to build two new Thameslink train depots at Three Bridges in Sussex and Hornsey in North London, with the creation of 550 jobs.

Expert Logistics, the white goods distributor with 150 staff in Radcliffe, Bristol, Enfield, Glasgow and Wolverhampton, has been acquired by Bolton-based DRL Holdings for undisclosed terms.

Peel Group has won approval from Salford City Council to build a £400m freight terminal on the Manchester ship canal.

Cardinal Maritime, the Manchester-based freight forwarding firm, is planning to open a further six offices across Europe by 2013.

Port of Tyne Authority has won approval to expand its operations in South Shields, and will fill the dock with materials dug up during the development of the second Tyne Tunnel.

A&P Group, the ship repair company with 600 staff at sites in Hebburn, Middlesbrough, Chatham and Falmouth, has been acquired by Bailey Group of Cardiff for undisclosed terms.

Stagetruck, the trucking firm with 60 vehicles and 80 staff, is to seek planning permission for a new headquarters at Micheldever near Winchester.

Kuehne & Nagel is relocating its Liverpool city centre office and 51 staff to an 8,000 sq ft unit at the Port of Liverpool Building.

Lufthansa is to increase its stake in BMI, the UK-based airline with 4,500 staff, to 80%, in a deal worth £223m.

Gregory Distribution has acquired Kay Transport for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 140 staff at depots in Plymouth, Newton Abbot and Gloucester.

Birmingham Airport is looking to convert its two terminal buildings into one, as part of a strategy to expand its retail facilities and double passenger numbers to 20m over the next ten years.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) has approved plans to invest £3.5m in improvements to the Altrincham Metrolink line, including CCTV, platform furniture and signage.

Fleet Support Operations, the Barnsley-based transport management firm with 30 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Blackpool Council has won government approval for the £100m upgrade of its seafront tram system by 2012, including 16 new trams and replacement track.

Nightfreight has invested £3m in the acquisition of three Rainbow parcels depots in Bridgwater, Dawlish and Saltash, with the transfer of 120 staff.

Coach Brokers has acquired the online transport hire operations of Bristol-based A Star Buses, and is now looking to expand its Cardiff-based sales team and relocate to a larger site.

Able UK has submitted plans to invest £100m in a 1,500-acre port development near Immingham over the next ten years, including transport depots, a business park and the creation of up to 5,000 jobs.

Asco has acquired Seletar Shipping, the shipping services firm with 55 staff in Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth, for undisclosed terms.

Slough Borough Council has unveiled plans to build a new £10m bus station by 2011, as part of the £400m Heart of Slough regeneration scheme.

EasyJet is creating about 60 jobs at Manchester Airport with the introduction of new routes to Turkey, Corsica, Corfu and Greece.

KB Event is to open a new logistics depot with ten vehicles in East Molesey, London, in June.

Trackwork is to expand its Doncaster-based rail maintenance business, which currently employs 350 staff, following the acquisition of the former Pilkington Glass site in Kirk Sandall.

Sheldon & Clayton is investing £1.8m in the expansion of its transport hub and head office in West Bromwich, in order to provide an additional 90,000 sq ft of warehouse space.

Lincolnshire County Council has approved plans for the expansion of the Network 46 distribution park near Lincoln, including 22 acres of new warehouse and industrial buildings and the creation of up to 2,000 jobs.

Ryanair is looking to create up to 700 jobs at its budget airline operation in Birmingham over the next year, in order to double its passenger numbers.

National Express is to sell its Travel London bus operation to the NedRailways subsidiary of NS Dutch Railways for £32m.

Big Yellow has raised £33m in a share placing, in order to fund the £53m expansion of its chain of 55 self-storage outlets with seven new sites.

Hargreaves Transport Services has bought the trade and assets of Barnes & Tipping, the Clitheroe-based haulage firm with 30 staff, out of administration for undisclosed terms.

SaxonAir Charter, the Norwich-based air charter firm, has been acquired by Klyne Aviation for undisclosed terms.

R Swain & Sons has acquired Charles Hewitt, the Canterbury-based haulage firm, for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of ten staff.

Go NorthEast is to create a new centre of operations for its Durham bus fleet at its site in Peterlee, with the creation of 20 jobs.

National Express is in discussions with the government about proposals to scrap its East Coast train franchise, which links London to Edinburgh and employs 3,100 staff.

Woodville Rail, the Derbyshire-based supplier of gangways for railway carriages with 80 staff, has been acquired by Dellner Invest of Sweden for £1.6m.

Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed plans to build a new £13m highways depot in Bilsthorpe by 2010.

Transport Scotland is to award £24m for the expansion of the Shields Road train maintenance depot in Glasgow by August 2010, with the creation of a further 40 jobs.

Flybe is to launch a new service from Leeds-Bradford airport to Gatwick in June, with the creation of 30 jobs.

Padarn Bus has merged with KMP, securing the future of 50 jobs at their Gwynedd-based bus operations.

Transport for London has secured funding to invest £18m increasing the capacity of the Docklands Light Railway by 50% by 2012.

The Port of Dover is seeking a private investor to help fund the development of a new £400m ferry terminal at Dover Western Docks.

Cammell Laird is looking to create up to 400 new jobs at its shipyard in Birkenhead over the next three years, in order to work on a Royal Fleet Auxiliary contract.

Associated British Ports is to invest £1.5m in the creation of an operational base in Lowestoft for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project, with the creation of up to 150 jobs.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is to consider proposals from an unnamed consortium for the development of a 250-acre freight interchange at Borough Green, including new roads and a distribution park.

First Group has submitted plans to set up a new £25m bus depot and headquarters at Cathcart Road in Glasgow, providing space for 450 buses.

Network Rail has pledged to spend £35bn on the expansion of the national railway system over the next five years, including improvements to tracks, signals and platforms.

Hampshire County Council has secured government funding for the development of a £20m high-speed bus route through Gosport and Fareham.

Heanor Haulage, the Nottinghamshire-based heavy haulage firm with 55 staff, is considering plans to relocate its Langley Mill depot to make way for a new Asda store.

Flybe has won planning permission to build a new £30m training academy and 160-bedroom hotel at Exeter Airport by spring 2010, which will create about 200 jobs.

Network Rail is said to be considering plans to relocate up to 120 office jobs from York to a new centre in Milton Keynes by the end of the year.

Manchester Airports Group has unveiled proposals to invest in new retail, leisure, commercial and conferencing facilities at Manchester airport, including the acquisition of a 30-acre site for about £15m.

Transmec Group is to relocate its haulage business and about 40 staff from Cleckheaton to a 73,000 sq ft unit in Bradford, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

The Scottish Government is to award £5m for the development of new park-and-ride sites across the west of Scotland, with sites being sought in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire.

Uniserve Group has acquired a 26-acre site on the Trinity Estate in Felixstowe, which will lead to the development of a £45m port-side distribution centre.

Pall-Ex is planning to launch an out-of-hours delivery service in cities across the country, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.

Royal Mail has agreed a deal with ProLogis and Aviva Investors to build a new 200,000 sq ft distribution centre and mail hub at Swan Valley in Northampton.

City Link is to invest at least £31m in the revamp of its parcels network this year, including the expansion of its depot space from 2.5m sq ft to 3m sq ft.

First Eastern Counties is to merge with sister company Essex Buses to create a combined group with about 680 buses and more than 2,000 staff.

The North West Development Agency has secured European funding to invest £6.5m in improvements to Merseyside's transport network, including new bus routes and the revamp of stations.

TDG is setting up a 212,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Crewe Gates Farm industrial estate in Crewe, in order to operate a contract for Littlewoods.

Kent International Airport has won approval from Thanet District Council to increase the number of morning and evening flights at its airport in Manston, which could attract a major European airline with long-haul aircraft.

The Department for Transport has awarded a £7.5bn contract to the Agility Trains consortium to supply new trains for the Great Western and East Coast mainlines, securing more than 12,500 jobs at a new manufacturing plant in Gateshead, Sheffield or Ashby and depots in Bristol, Doncaster, Leeds, London and Reading.

LD Lines is launching new ferry routes from Dover to Boulogne and Dieppe, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.

The Marine & Fisheries Agency is to set up a new Marine Management Organisation on Tyneside, in order to develop a new marine planning and licensing system.

Aer Lingus is to launch eight new routes from Gatwick Airport to the European mainland, with the creation of more than 160 jobs.

Peterhead Port Authority has secured a £5.2m investment from the Scottish government to fund the £19m expansion of Peterhead fishing harbour, which could create more than 100 jobs.

Doncaster Council is to consider outline plans from HelioSlough to build a £300m "inland port" and rail freight terminal on a 700-acre site near the former Rossington colliery, which could create 5,500 jobs.

Maersk Line is to relocate the UK headquarters of its shipping business and 70 jobs from London to Liverpool.

Flyglobespan is to withdraw from Durham Tees Valley Airport, two years after it launched with the creation of 60 jobs.

Stobart Group has announced a £110m deal to expand the distribution work carried out for Nestle at Bardon in Leicestershire, with the creation of 40 jobs.

Selby District Council is said to be in negotiations with Leeds-based Clipper Logistics about plans to set up a distribution depot in Barlby Road, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Stagecoach is to invest £70m in the purchase of 420 new buses and coaches, due to rising demand for its services.

Stagecoach is to acquire Preston Bus, the Lancashire-based bus operator with 300 staff, for an estimated £5m.

The Port of Belfast has unveiled plans to invest £4.5m in the expansion of its paper handling facilities at Pollock Dock this year.

Parcelnet has confirmed plans to relocate the Yorkshire headquarters of its courier delivery network and 200 staff from Bradford to a 30,000 sq ft office at Capitol Park West in Leeds in April.

Royal Mail is to relocate its London headquarters and 170 staff from Old Street to a 30,000 sq ft office at Unilever House in Blackfriars, and the Old Street site will become the headquarters for its Post Office subsidiary.

Nor-cargo, the Stallingborough-based logistics firm with offices in London, Manchester and Newcastle, has been acquired by Norwegian Post for undisclosed terms.

Law Distribution has bought the assets of Cheshire-based JH Davies Haulage out of administration, securing the jobs of 14 drivers and three office staff.

Stotts Transport has been acquired by Fricor, the owner of Peter Green Haulage, for undisclosed terms, creating a combined Somerset-based haulage business with 70 trucks.

National Express has sold its Dot2Dot airport coach service between Heathrow and London to Corot for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of up to 170 staff.

Milbank Trucks has been bought out of administration by a new company called David Watson Transport, securing the future of 130 jobs at depots in Essex, Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Norfolk and Kent.

EasyJet is to increase the number of flights from Manchester Airport this year, with new services to Greece, Corsica and Corfu and the creation of 33 jobs for cabin crew, pilots and support staff.

ProLogis has won approval to build a new warehouse complex at Greenham Common in Newbury, which could create up to 500 jobs.

Stena Line has submitted plans to Dumfries & Galloway Council for the first phase of the development of a £70m ferry port at Cairnryan, in order to relocate its Irish Sea services from Stranraer.