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Stagecoach has acquired South Yorkshire Supertram, which operates around Sheffield, for £1.15m.
National Express has bought Group Bronckaers, the Belgian bus operator with 104 vehicles, for up to £4.2m.
Hutchison Ports (Europe) is acquiring Thamesport on the Isle of Grain from Rutland Trust for £112m, and the port could now be expanded to handle 1.5m containers a year.
Cenargo Fast Ferries has launched a £14.9m bid to acquire Scruttons, the shipping, engineering and security services company.
Arriva, previously known as Cowie, is acquiring London Coaches, the operator of the Original London Sightseeing Tour, from Pullmans for £5m.
Ocean Group is acquiring a 67% stake in Intexo, the Dutch logistics company, for undisclosed terms, and is looking to acquire additional companies for up to £50m.
KLM, the Dutch airline, is to set up a reservation call centre at Norwich airport, which will create 250 jobs over the next three years.
British Airways has announced plans for the launch of a cut-price airline based initially at Stansted airport, which will create 150 jobs.
FirstBus is to acquire a 51% stake in Bristol International Airport for £40m, and will help fund a £25m terminal that will increase capacity from 1.8m to 3m a year.
British Airways is planning a 25% increase in capacity at Gatwick airport next year, creating 500 cabin-crew and customer service jobs.
British Airways is to sell its Heathrow in-flight catering operation to Gate Gourmet, part of the Swissair group, for £65m.
Rentokil Initial has sold United Transport Tankers of the Netherlands to Den Hartogh for £4m.
Jacobs Holdings has acquired Tiptoe, the car transportation company, for £2.7m.
Hogg Robinson has sold its transport division to management for about £16m.
London & Overseas Freighters, the tanker group based in Bermuda and listed in London, is preparing to merge with Frontline, the Norwegian shipping company.
International Maritime Group has acquired Stephenson Clarke Shipping, the Tyneside ship-owner, for £47m, and plans to develop into the largest integrated maritime transport group in Europe.
Christian Salvesen has announced plans to demerge its Aggreko equipment hire business, which will be valued at about £390m, leaving Christian Salvesen to focus on logistics and food service.
Hays has agreed a £100m five-year contract to distribute goods to Shell's petrol station convenience stores, creating over 400 jobs at five distribution centres.
Tibbett & Britten has bought Neptune Freight, the Irish logistics company with sales of about £3m.
Hays is expanding its European logistics business with the acquisition of FDS in France and van der Heijden in the Benelux from Mayne Nickless for £72m.
Hays has won a £100m contract to supply shops on BP petrol station forecourts, creating up to 500 jobs at its Milton Keynes distribution operation.
GE Capital of the US is to acquire Central Transport Rental Group for £118m, creating the largest trailer rental group in Europe.
Transport Development Group is acquiring NFC's seven remaining cold stores for £11m in order to expand its temperature-controlled distribution business.
Thrall Car Manufacturing Company of Chicago is to reopen the former Adtranz rolling stock factory in York to make rail wagons, employing 300 people.
FirstBus is acquiring Southampton Citybus in a £11m deal, giving it a fleet of 152 buses, 16 of which are gas-powered.
Global Group's port services division has been sold to management for £4.1m, and will be called Global Shipping Services Group.
Jarvis has acquired Fastline, the rail track renewal company, for £50m, and is also buying the outstanding 50% of Relayfast for £5m.
Tibbett & Britten has launched an agreed £17m bid for Applied Distribution Group, the rival distribution company.
Thrall Car Manufacturing Company of the US is planning to open a UK plant to make 2,500 rail freight wagons over the next five years, and is looking for a suitable site.
Ocean Group is planning to sell its flotilla of offshore-support vessels to Tidewater of the US for £328m, and will use the proceeds for acquisitions.
British Airways is moving its Latin American services from Heathrow to Gatwick airport, where it will create 700 jobs.
Virgin Group is to set up a customer service and telesales centre in Edinburgh to serve its rail operations, employing an initial 250 people.
Forward Trust, the leasing group, has acquired the Eversholt train leasing company for £788m.
FirstBus has launched a £54m agreed takeover bid for CentreWest, the London bus operator, and plans to upgrade their fleet of buses.
Jacobs Holdings has acquired Ropner, the shipping, property and engineering concern, for about £34m.
Sema Group has acquired BR Business Systems, the train ticket and timetable concern, for £27m, and plans to win rail contracts in other countries using the skills of BRBS.
National Railway Supplies, the provider of equipment for track maintenance, has been sold to a management buy-out with the backing of Unipart.
British Airways is selling its ground fleet services at Heathrow and Gatwick to Ryder System of the US, and will rent the vehicles back.
Parcelforce is to set up two new parcel handling centres in Coventry at a cost of £100m, creating 700 jobs.
Hays has acquired North & South Installations, the transporter of refrigeration units for retailers, for an initial £4.5m.
Hays is to acquire Daufenbach, the German logistics company, for up to £30m in order to expand its European distribution network.