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Transport - 1999






















Bombardier is to start work on a new £30m train depot at the Barton Business Park near Burton in January, and recruitment of the 250 staff is due to start in the spring.

The Post Office is to open a £10m call centre in the Dearne Valley near Rotherham in January, creating up to 600 jobs.

Hays is to create 200 new jobs in Doncaster, having won a contract to distribute goods to B&Q stores.

NCN Logistics is to open a central distribution hub and call centre in Wednesbury, with the creation of about 100 jobs.

Rhys Davies Logistics is setting up a new depot at the Autobase International estate in Tipton, with the creation of 60 jobs.

The Post Office is acquiring Citipost Group, the New York-based document delivery company, for £25m.

AEA Technology is planning to recruit an additional 30 staff, due to the expansion of its Derby-based railway technology business.

Rapsons Coaches is to acquire Caithness-based Dunnet Coaches for undisclosed terms, as part of an ongoing expansion at its Highlands bus business.

Sandwell Council has approved plans from Parceline for the redevelopment of its distribution depot in Smethwick with the creation of 300 jobs.

Tibbett & Britten is acquiring the Dutch transport operations of the Remijsen group as well as Californian distributor EFL Transportation, as part of a strategy to develop its core markets in Europe and North America.

Peel Holdings has submitted plans to Doncaster Council for the development of a £80m international airport at Finningley, which could create up to 7,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

AW Jenkinson, the Penrith-based haulage company, is planning to expand its fleet by 38 trucks, creating an additional 30 driving jobs.

British Midland has confirmed that Lufthansa is acquiring a 20% stake in the company for £91m, and 3,000 new jobs will be created over the next two years at Manchester and Heathrow airport and at its Castle Donington office.

Hays has acquired IT contractor Hutchinson Smith and delivery service Cannon Couriers for about £46m.

Camms Coaches has sold its contract hire business to management, and the new company will operate 16 vehicles and trade as Contract Coaches of Nottingham.

Dart Group, the road and air cargo company, has acquired Coolchain of Kent from Credit Agricole Indosuez for £14m.

Wrights is to create 50 new jobs at its bus factory in Ballymena having formed a strategic alliance with Chance Coach of Kansas to develop a new bus for the US market.

Boeing has selected Luton airport as the site for a new £44m European headquarters and pilot-training centre, with the creation of 35 jobs.

Stagecoach is to sell Swebus to Concordia Bus Sweden for £100m, in order to refocus its bus operation on the US and Asia.

The Post Office is acquiring Williames Group, the Irish parcel and logistics business, through its recently-acquired German Parcel division for £10m.

West Anglia Great Northern has announced a £10m plan to relaunch the Stansted Airport rail service to London, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.

P&O has sold its Australian services businesses to Eurest and Spotless Services for a total £120m, in order to focus on ports and ferries.

Tibbett & Britten has opened a rail-connected warehouse facility at the Daventry International Distribution Centre, which will create 300 jobs for warehousing, administrative and driving staff.

Amtrak has acquired Nightspeed, the express parcels company, for £31m.

Collis Engineering is seeking 12 additional workers at its rail engineering business in Alfreton, having won orders to supply railway signal gantries for the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line.

Eddie Stobart is planning to set up a distribution centre at the Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate, which will house more than 100 vehicles and employ 200 staff.

NFC is to sell its Allied Pickfords removals business to US private equity group Clayton Dublier & Rice, as part of a strategy to focus on logistics and project management.

Simon Group is selling its Australian engineering joint venture with Siemens for £3.4m, and is looking to acquire port services companies in France, Spain and Germany.

Jersey European Airways is planning to recruit about 200 new staff in order to expand its services across Europe.

Go-Ahead is to acquire Metrobus, the Orpington-based bus operator, in a £15m deal.

Transport Development Group is acquiring Van Straaten Beheer, the Dutch logistics company, for £10m.

First Badgerline has opened a new £4m bus depot in Bath, and is planning to recruit an additional 25 drivers.

Henry Boot has announced plans for a major new storage and distribution depot with a rail freight terminal on land near East Midlands Airport, which could create up to 3,000 jobs.

National Express has acquired Durham Transportation, the US school bus operator, for £109m, thereby gaining 5,600 vehicles in 14 states.

Irish Continental, the Irish shipping group, has acquired two travel companies operating from London for a total £3.7m - Tara Travel and Gerry Feeney Travel.

Maersk Air, the Birmingham-based British Airways franchise partner, is creating 40 new jobs and increasing capacity on a number of routes following an order for new 70-seater jets.

Universal Bulk Holdings, the tank container maker, has been bought out of receivership by a team of 90 former workers.

NFC is selling its Isotrack in-cab communications business to management in a £4.5m deal, and the proceeds will be invested in its logistics business.

Ocean Group is to acquire Mark VII, the US freight brokerage, for £142m, and is now seeking air and sea freight acquisitions in Europe.

First Group is acquiring Ryder Public Transportation Services, the US operator of school buses, for £603m, and similar acquisitions are expected to follow.

British Airways has won government approval for its £75m bid for CityFlyer Express, on the condition that it limits its take-off and landing slots at Gatwick airport.

Arriva has acquired Ideal Auto, the Spanish bus operator, for £16m, and will use it as a base for further expansion in Spain.

Alpha Airports has sold DynAir, its US ground handling division, to Swissair for £100m, in order to focus on the expansion of its airport catering and retailing operations.

First Group has acquired Bruce Transportation, the US school bus company, for £6.8m.

Bombardier of Canada is considering three sites in the Midlands to set up a rail maintenance depot, which will create about 250 jobs.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning a £1m upgrade of its boatyard facilities in Dartmouth, which could create about 40 jobs.

P&O is acquiring International Terminal Operating, the US port services and stevedores business, for £50m, and will use it as a platform for further expansion in North America.

Eddie Stobart is opening two new distribution centres at the Daventry International Railfreight Terminal site, with the creation of about 200 jobs.

National Express is acquiring Silverwing Transport Services, the airport coach operator, from Aviation Defence International for £1.2m.

Stagecoach is considering plans for a US listing, following the acquisition of Coach USA for £1.16bn.

Alpha Airports is acquiring the Gatwick catering facility of British Airways for £14m, and the deal includes a 10-year contract to supply in-flight catering.

United Carriers, the parcels and freight distribution company, is being acquired by GEODIS, the French company that is developing a pan-European distribution service.

Travel Merry Hill is creating 20 new driving jobs in order to expand its bus services in the Dudley area.

Manchester Airport has bought Humberside International Airport for about £10m, and plans to invest £6m at the site in order to create a significant regional hub.

Initial City Link is planning to build a new parcels depot in Willenhall, which will create up to 600 jobs.

Clyde Shipping is acquiring Lewmar, the supplier of boat parts, for £30m, in order to increase its presence in the leisure marine equipment market.

John Menzies is to acquire BOC Cargo Services from BOC for £4.9m, in order to expand its airport services business.

BAA is to apply for planning permission to expand Gatwick airport so that it can handle an extra 10m passengers a year, as it does not expect the fifth terminal at Heathrow to open until 2006.

Midland Mainline is creating 100 new jobs in Derby following an increase in the frequency of its rail service from Derby and Sheffield to London.

Christian Salvesen has acquired Gerposa, the Spanish logistics company, for £67m, and is now in discussions to take control of a German business.

TBI is acquiring Airport Group International, the airports operator, for £89m, and the move should help TBI benefit from forthcoming airport privatisations around the world.

Stan Robinson, the road haulage company, is planning to expand its distribution centre at Ladfordfields near Stafford with the creation of more than 50 jobs over the next few years.

Southampton Cargo Handling is starting its first significant recruitment drive since the business was established in 1990, having won a number of new contracts, and several dozen jobs are expected to be created.

AVE Rail Products is seeking to recruit an additional 30 workers for its engineering business in Derby due to rising demand for train carriages.

Marconi Marine is linking up with FBM to re-start merchant shipbuilding at the former Cammell Laird yard on Merseyside with the help of a government subsidy, and up to 1,000 jobs could be created.

Associated British Ports has announced plans to build a new £5m terminal at the Port of Hull in order to double the capacity for paper and board shipments, and more than 50 jobs will be created.

National Express has acquired National Bus Company, the Australian operator of bus services in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, for £13m.

The Post Office is acquiring Der Kurier, the German express delivery company with 80 depots, for undisclosed terms.

Airbus Industries has announced plans to develop a 650-seater passenger jet, codenamed A3XX, that could create up to 10,000 UK jobs at the British Aerospace factory near Chester and at 400 component suppliers.

Grampian is acquiring Wilfred Holden, the Lancashire-based road haulage company, for £1.2m.

Newcastle Airport expects to choose a developer later this year for a £20m project to build a new Metro and rail station, which will create hundreds of jobs.

Clydeport Transport has acquired Gray Brothers, the Dumbarton-based haulage contractor, for £0.5m.

Promotional Logistics is to build a call centre and warehouse to distribute promotional material at Sherwood Park near Annesley Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire, creating 600 jobs.

Moorfield Estates is close to winning government approval to set up a £360m freight terminal at Teesside Airport, which could help to create up to 6,000 jobs.

Bombardier is seeking a site in the West Midlands to set up a new plant to maintain Virgin's fleet of Cross-Country trains, and up to 300 jobs will be created.

First Group has acquired GAG, the operator of local bus services in Somerset, Dorset and Devon, in a £11m deal.

Dunn-Line has acquired Ascot, the Derby-based coach operator, and plans to double the size of the Ascot fleet to 24 coaches and create 20 jobs.

Stansted Airport has won approval from Uttlesford District Council for a £200m expansion that will double the number of passengers and create up to 5,000 jobs.

Tibbett & Britten has acquired Arbuckle Smith, the Scottish logistics contractor, for undisclosed terms.

Kvaerner has sold Heavylift Group, the Essex-based cargo airline and aircraft maintenance group, to a management team for £15m.

M Thomas Management is to launch a new rail freight container service in Plymouth, which will transfer goods from lorries to railway wagons and create an unspecified number of jobs.

Tarmac Civil Engineering is seeking 250 construction workers for a £50m contract to upgrade Nine Dock at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.

Air France is to set up a European telephone reservation centre at Wembley in London with the creation of 240 jobs, and nine other centres in continental Europe will be closed.

British Airways has announced plans to start scheduled services from Sheffield to London, Paris, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh, creating 25 jobs at Sheffield City Airport.

Newstel Information is considering plans to set up a public transport information call centre in Aviemore, with the creation of 100 jobs.

Bombardier has opened a new office in Derby to manage the maintenance of Virgin's train fleets, and the workforce is expected to rise from 15 to 40.

Vosper Thornycroft is planning to rebuild a dry dock at Dartmouth Naval College's Sandquay base, doubling the size of craft that can be repaired there, and the workforce is expected to rise by about 50.

Tibbett & Britten has acquired GV Logistik, the Austrian food distributor, for undisclosed terms.

Stansted Airport is expecting to create up to 1,000 extra jobs this year, including 100 at BAA, 200 at Ryanair, and 150 at Go.

Arriva is acquiring Bus Danmark, the Danish bus operator, for £14m.

G-Force Express Parcels is to move its headquarters from Shifnal to Telford, and will then expand its vehicle fleet and workforce.

Panic Link, the Ashby-based parcels company, has sold a controlling stake to Chronopost, part of the French post office, for undisclosed terms.

Associated British Ports has started work on the £30m Humber International Terminal Project that will enable Immingham to handle cargo ships of up to 100,000 tonnes, and more than 300 jobs will be created during construction.

Ferguson Shipbuilders of Greenock has won a £15m order from Caledonian MacBrayne to build a ferry for use on the west coast of Scotland, creating an additional 100 jobs.

Sea Containers is seeking to recruit 74 ship and shore-based staff in Liverpool, in preparation for the launch of its new service to Dublin in April.

Marcroft Engineering has won a £1m contract to build a new design of rail car transporter in partnership with Forward Trust Rail, and an extra 30 jobs will be created.

Huntingdonshire District Council is to consider plans for a road and rail freight distribution centre at the former Alconbury airbase, and the furniture company Ikea has said it would create up to 200 jobs at the site.

Inchcape has sold its shipping services division to Electra Fleming for £47m, and is now seeking to sell its marketing services business in the Middle East and an office automation business in Japan.

National Express has acquired Robinson Bus Service, the US operator of school buses in the Chicago area, for up to £14m.

Birch Developments is planning to build a new distribution facility at South Normanton in Derbyshire, and 70 jobs will be created when an unnamed company moves from nearby Somercotes and from Merseyside.

Newcastle Airport has announced plans to take on an extra 2,500 staff over the next few years, including engineers, electricians, security guards and customer services staff.

Manchester Airport is to hold a Jobsfair on January 27 in order to recruit up to 1,000 people for the 250 companies operating at the site.

Stagecoach is planning to acquire Citybus, the Hong Kong bus operator, for £178m, with some of the funding coming from a £140m share placing.

West Anglia Great Northern Railway is to recruit an additional 150 train drivers, as part of a new pay deal agreed with the Aslef union.

The Post Office has acquired German Parcel for undisclosed terms, as part of a strategy to become a leading player in the European postal market.

Hays is acquiring France Partner, the French courier company, for an initial £16m, which will increase its share of the French early-morning express delivery market to about 20%.

The Oxford Bus Company is planning to recruit up to 60 extra bus drivers in preparation for the launch of the city's new transport strategy this spring.

Lynx Express has acquired Red Star Parcels to create a parcels delivery business with more than 4,000 employees and turnover of £170m.