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Trams set for city centre return

A £128m tram extension for Birmingham is given final approval by the Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Airport eye scanners turned off

Hi-tech eye scanners at two out of four English airports are mothballed seven years after they were introduced.

Richard Branson wants EC to block IAG's purchase of bmi

Fares on domestic flights could rise by a third if the International Airlines Group is allowed to buy bmi, Virgin Atlantic has claimed.

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.

Friday, 17 February 2012

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  • 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.

The Independent

  • 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

The Scotsman

  • ‘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 Government’s Transport Scotland agency announced that Tarmac, the Skene Group and Aggregate Industries would supply concrete, aggregates and cement from several sites across central Scotland.

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  • 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.

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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 œfeasible CNGFour weeks into a five week trial, Reading Transport has said its CNG-powered MAN EcoCity demonstrator is a œperfectly 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 company™s 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 [...]

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