Friday, 17 February 2012
- Trams set for city centre returnA £128m tram extension for Birmingham is given final approval by the Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.
- Airport eye scanners turned offHi-tech eye scanners at two out of four English airports are mothballed seven years after they were introduced.
- Leaders request hub money pledgeLeaders of the five largest cities in the north of England ask the Treasury to commit to funding the Northern Hub rail project.
- Stobart in distribution site moveHaulage firm Eddie Stobart is to establish a new distribution facility at Eurocentral business park in Lanarkshire.
- Call for cycle course volunteersCall for adults to take part in a scheme teaching cycling skills to Scots youngsters
- Qantas to cut jobs as profit dipsQantas says it will close some international routes and cut jobs after its profits were hit by strikes and rising fuel costs.
- Qantas to cut jobs as profit halvesAustralian airline will shed 500 jobs in an effort to lower costs as it battles high fuel prices, fierce competition and labour unrest
- Where are all the roadworks? A new map of roadworks in England and Wales is launched today. Could this be the extra information you need to plan a journey seamlessly?
- Boris Johnson: the Metro, non-answers and Transport for London 'news'Mike Tuffrey, the distinguished Liberal Democrat London Assembly member, is displeased with Boris Johnson and with Transport for London (TfL), whose board Boris chairs.
- Branson claims BA Glasgow fares up one-thirdFARES on British Airways flights between Glasgow and Heathrow shot up by more than one-third after struggling airline bmi withdrew from the route last year, Sir Richard Branson has claimed.
- Airport eye scanners to be reviewedHigh-tech eye scanners designed to reduce the time taken for passengers to enter the UK have been scrapped at two airports and closed to anyone who has not already registered, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said. Related StoriesDorchester pledges to help feed needyTwo share £2.3 million Lotto jackpotAverage age of retirement increasesUnemployment at 17-year highMI5 helped US in fruitless search for Charlie Chaplin's Communist past
- Just 2.5% of Forth contracts go to Scots claims Labour LABOUR claimed last night that just 2.5 per cent of contracts for the new Forth crossing had gone to Scottish firms after three more companies won work on the project. The Scottish Governments Transport Scotland agency announced that Tarmac, the Skene Group and Aggregate Industries would supply concrete, aggregates and cement from several sites across central Scotland.
- Richard Branson wants EC to block IAG's purchase of bmiFares on domestic flights could rise by a third if the International Airlines Group is allowed to buy bmi, Virgin Atlantic has claimed.
- Glasgow Airport staff fear for their futures as Thomson Airways announce 600 jobs to goUP to 600 jobs are to go at Thomson Airways. Their 2600 cabin crew were handed letters this week warning they could be made redundant.
- Millions down the drain as airports SCRAP iris passport scannersThe £9million scanners were supposed to be capable of processing travellers in as little as 12 seconds. But they are now being quietly scrapped.
- Prince of Wales to visit Bombardier in morale-booster for workersHe will make a much-needed visit to engineers at the historic Bombardier plant next Friday just two weeks after the Canadian owners spared it from closure
- Birmingham Moor Street Station's 100 years of enterpriseNeil Elkes talks to Chiltern Railways Ian Baxter who has written a book on Birmingham Moor Street Station's rich history.
Bristol Evening Post
- Bristol Evening Post commented Blocked-off bus lane drives us round the bendBUSES are having to swerve out of a new bus lane in Fishponds because vehicles have been banned from turning left at a busy...
Edinburgh Evening News
- The 10 bus lane hotspots to be cameras focusThe ten bus lane hotspots which will be policed by cameras to catch drivers cheating on the citys Greenways were identified today.
- £35m grant for Mersey docks expansion welcomedCOUNCILLORS will today welcome a £35m grant to help expand the capacity of the Port of Liverpool.
London Evening Standard
- Camilla's booked to help teach Tube staff how to readThe Duchess of Cornwall joins best-selling novelist Tony Parsons to help teach Tube staff how to read
Manchester Evening News
- Manchester Airport eye scanners scrapped over delaysThe high-tech IRIS system was supposed to allow passengers arriving from abroad to avoid lengthy immigration queues by looking into a machine that matches their eye patterns to a special database. But the technology has been beset by problems, with sources saying passengers often spent longer being scanned in than when they went through traditional passport control.
- Airport eye scanners switched off at Manchester and BirminghamMulti-million pound eye scanners at airports are to be scrapped following a series of problems.
- Owner of airport seeks help from MPs THE new owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) has sought the help of politicians to secure a long-term future for the business.
- Yorkshire cities fight for local control of transport spending Yorkshire council leaders want to take control of transport funding and have met with the Government to lobby for devolution of powers.
Other Regional Press
- Sussex Courier published Boris needs to back off our railwayArticle
- First bus named after golfer Paul LawrieGOLFING great Paul Lawrie is set to become a permanent feature in Aberdeen, lending his name to a First bus.
- Transport bosses defend silence on bridge plansTRANSPORT chiefs have defended themselves for keeping the plans for the new Abbey Bridge under wraps.
- NEW CCTV BLITZ ON THE CITYS BUS LANE BANDITS Drivers will be tracked and face a £60 finevehicles illegally using bus lanes will be tracked across Glasgow by hi-tech cameras and offenders will be punished with £60 fines.
Bus and Coach.com
- Foreign ownership on the riseThe latest analysis of the structure and ownership of the UK bus industry by the TAS consultancy shows almost a quarter of the industry - 24.
- Paisley trial uncovers concession fraudConfirming some observers long-held suspicions about what might politely be termed low-cost operators in Paisley, a driver employed by Fereneze Travel has been sentenced to 100 hours of community work for his involvement in concessionary fare fraud.
- Reading enthuses about feasible CNGFour weeks into a five week trial, Reading Transport has said its CNG-powered MAN EcoCity demonstrator is a perfectly feasible proposition for its local services.
- Arriva subsidiary fined for accidentAn Arriva subsidiary has been fined £10,500 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs after one of its mechanics suffered serious injuries while working underneath a bus in 2009.
- EYMS adopts fuel-saving EnviroxEYMS is introducing Energenics fuel-saving additive Envirox across the whole of its operations in East and North Yorkshire following a successful trial at the companys Driffield depot.
Global Rail News
- Tube incident response Blue Light trialThe Tube’s Emergency Response Unit is carrying out a trial with the British Transport Police in an attempt to reach emergencies faster. The trial aims to halve response times and means that Transport for London’s ERU vehicles will travel under the same ‘Blue Light’ conditions used by police, ambulance and fire services. The ERU is [...]
- Northern cities unite for Northern Hub rail campaignFive cities in the north of England have joined forces to ‘urge the government’ to fund the Northern Hub rail programme. The major rail improvement scheme ‘could generate £4 billion in economic benefits’. The leaders of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield City Councils have written jointly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to ‘stress [...]
Other News Sources
- Three battle it out for £128m Midland Metro extensionLocal transport minister Norman Baker has announced construction can begin on the £128 million Midland Metro extension.
- Capita predicts more rail growthTMC reaches one million train tickets milestone
A £128m tram extension for Birmingham is given final approval by the Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.
Hi-tech eye scanners at two out of four English airports are mothballed seven years after they were introduced.
Fares on domestic flights could rise by a third if the International Airlines Group is allowed to buy bmi, Virgin Atlantic has claimed.
THE new owner of Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) has sought the help of politicians to secure a long-term future for the business.
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