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Transport - 2007






















Braemar Shipping Services has acquired an 80% stake in Fred Olsen Freight, the Ipswich-based freight forwarding company with 50 staff, for £1.3m, in order to expand its Cory Brothers Shipping Agency subsidiary.

Hyder Consulting has acquired SEIB Ingenieur, the German transport consultancy with 130 staff, for £1.6m.

Manx2 is to set up a new headquarters and aircraft maintenance base at a former hangar at Ronaldsway airport on the Isle of Man.

Ryanair is to expand its budget airline operations at Newquay airport with new flights to Stansted and Spain, with up to 45,000 additional inbound passengers every year.

G4S has acquired Global Solutions, the prisons, transport, security and meter reading group, for £355m.

Langham Park has secured funding of £12m for the development of a 167,000 sq ft distribution centre at Temple Normanton in Derbyshire next year.

EasyJet is to establish a new base for its budget airline at Manchester Airport next year, as part of a regional expansion programme that will also involve more flights from Liverpool.

Palletforce is in negotiations to set up a 400,000 sq ft headquarters and distribution centre at RD Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

Birmingham City Council is looking into the possibility of setting up a freight consolidation centre, in order to reduce the number of trucks visiting shops.

Samskip has acquired Icepak, the reefer logistics company with sites in Basildon, Australia and the US.

ACM Shipping Group is to acquire Alchemy Trading Company, the holding company for ship broker ACM Shipping Services, for an initial £6.7m.

Stagecoach is to invest £71m in the acquisition of 584 new buses, in order to improve inner-city and rural services throughout the country.

Rothdean is to relocate its Cinderford-based transport services business to the Forest Vale Industrial Estate within a year.

Arup is drawing up proposals for the development of a high-speed rail line from London to Scotland, via Heathrow, in order to improve access to the Channel Tunnel.

Darwen Group has acquired Leyland Product Developments, the Leyland-based specialist vehicle design company, for undisclosed terms.

Transport for London has agreed to set up a 135,000 sq ft office at Quintain's Greenwich Peninsula development in east London in 2009.

Southampton City Council is looking to set up a transport consolidation centre outside the city by 2009, and is currently seeking business partners for the project.

Big Yellow is forming a £150m investment partnership with Pramerica Real Estate to develop up to 25 self-storage sites in the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland.

EWS is planning to double the number of cross-Channel freight trains early next year, in order to reduce road traffic and congestion at container ports.

Clarkson is to sell its CFF Seine freight ferry, which currently operates in the Irish Sea, to Express Shipping for £3.8m.

Silverjet is to raise £22m from a share placing and loan to fund the expansion of its business-class airline.

The Department for Transport has unveiled proposals to build a third runway and a sixth terminal at Heathrow Airport.

Templine Recruitment, the Birmingham-based recruitment company with 44 staff specialising in the distribution sector, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Key Capital Partners.

Merseytravel is looking to relocate its 800 Liverpool-based staff to a new 100,000 sq ft headquarters by 2010, and is currently considering two potential sites.

Network Rail is considering plans to set up a 22,500 sq ft office at Davidson House in Reading town centre.

Culina Logistics has acquired Baylis Logistics, the Bristol-based haulage firm with 50 staff.

Stagecoach is planning to set up a £4m fast ferry service between Torquay and Brixham by 2009.

Network Rail has unveiled plans to invest £18m in the modernisation of Derby station over the next 18 months, including new platform canopies.

PD Ports has unveiled plans to develop a £50m regional import centre at Tees Dock in Redcar, with the creation of more than 800 jobs.

Babcock Marine is to create a further 350 jobs at its naval support operations in Rosyth over the next 18 months, and a £50m programme of improvements in new facilities starts next spring.

Flybe is looking to recruit hundreds of mechanics for its aircraft maintenance operations in Exeter over the next few years.

Advantage West Midlands and Gazeley UK have unveiled plans for the development of a £50m logistics park at Chatterley Valley in North Staffordshire by 2009, including 385,000 sq ft of warehouse space and up to 500 jobs.

Air Charter Service is planning to raise £8m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its air charter broking business.

National Express is to acquire Kings Ferry, the Kent-based commuter coach company with 110 staff, for £8m.

Wincanton has acquired Swales Haulage, the Berkshire-based building materials distributor with 11 sites throughout the country, for £5.3m.

John Menzies is to acquire Northport Norway and Finnhandling from the Northport Oy subsidiary of Finnair, in order to expand its Scandinavian airport ground handling business.

Eddie Stobart is to set up a 103,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Heywood Distribution Park in Manchester.

Network Rail is looking to recruit up to 1,000 engineers and project managers to help deliver its planned £10bn investment in improvements to the railway system over the next five years.

The Department for Transport is to fund a £43m investment in the expansion of rail freight capacity between Southampton and Nuneaton by 2011, one of four projects designed to reduce dependency on road transport.

Able UK has won planning permission to redevelop a shipyard in Hartlepool for ship breaking and wind turbine manufacture, which is expected to secure 1,500 jobs and contracts worth £300m.

EasyJet is to acquire GB Airways, the Gatwick-based British Airways franchise that operates 28 routes from Gatwick and six from Manchester, from the Bland Group for £103m.

UK Coal has announced that an unnamed distribution firm is planning to relocate up to 50 jobs to a new headquarters on its Asfordby Business Park site near Melton in Leicestershire over the next six months.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority is to set up a new headquarters for its Passenger Transport Executive in a five-storey office in Sheffield city centre.

Tellings Golden Miller has acquired OFJ Connections, the Heathrow-based provider of air passenger and aircrew transport with 214 staff, for £5.1m.

Network Rail has been asked by the government to conduct a feasibility study into the development of a freight superhub at Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

Bath & North East Somerset Council has secured initial government approval to build a £51m hi-tech rapid transit bus link across Bath.

The Department for Transport is to proceed with the £16bn Crossrail scheme to build a rail link through the centre of London, with construction expected to start in 2010.

Noble Denton is to expand the workforce at its recently-opened marine consultancy office in Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, from eight to 24 over the next two years.

Trenport is looking to create 600 jobs at the former Peugeot site in Coventry, having sought permission for Littlewoods to use one of the warehouses as a sorting office over the Christmas period.

Network Rail is to set up a 40,000 sq ft office at the King's Place development in London N1, joining Wolverine Worldwide and The Guardian newspaper at the 500,000 sq ft scheme.

Christian Salvesen is to be acquired by Norbert Dentressangle of France for £254m, in order to create a combined transport group with 29,200 staff in 13 countries.

Lok n Store has acquired a site in North Harbour, Portsmouth, for £4.3m, in order to set up a new 60,000 sq ft self-storage centre.

WM Armstrong is to recruit about 20 drivers to operate a fleet of road tankers for the West Lakes cheese factory due to open near Carlisle in September 2008.

Go-Ahead has bought the County Durham bus operations of Stanley Taxis for about £1m, with the transfer of 14 buses and 21 drivers.

North East Lincolnshire Council has awarded outline planning permission to Katoen Natie of Belgium to build a logistics facility with 110 storage silos in Stallingborough, which will create 90 jobs.

First Group is planning to set up a new bus depot for First Hampshire & Dorset at the 3.8-acre former Exel Logistics site on Empress Road in Southampton, in order to relocate from its current site in Portswood.

Hargreaves has acquired Imperial Tankers, the liquid products transport firm with sites in Billingham and Immingham, for up to £7m.

Wincanton is to create a further 300 jobs at its recently-opened distribution centre at Woodlands near Doncaster, having won approval to operate a night shift.

Standard Chartered is to acquire Pembroke Group, the Irish aircraft leasing, financing and management firm, from Medulla Asset Managers.

First Logistics, the Manchester-based transport recruitment firm with 11 staff, has undergone a £1.3m management buy-out.

Jet2 is to create a further 200 jobs at its budget airline operations at Leeds Bradford Airport, Manchester, Blackpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast.

WS Atkins has acquired Intelligent Space Partnership, the London-based transport and urban development consultancy with 18 staff.

Scrabster Harbour Trust is planning a £15m expansion at its Highlands harbour, including a new deepwater quay, and construction work could start next year.

BMI is to expand its airline operations in Asia, having announced 17 new destinations from Heathrow to countries such as Iran, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Wrexham & Shropshire has won approval to start rail services between London Marylebone and North Wales from next spring.

Unipart Logistics is to create hundreds of jobs at a new distribution centre in Burton upon Trent, having won a contract to provide supply chain services to the Waterstone's chain of bookshops.

PB Logistics, the logistics firm with sites in Leicester, Leeds, Wakefield and Keighley, has been acquired by IDS Group of Hong Kong for about £11m.

East Lancashire Coachbuilders and North West Bus & Coach Repairs of Blackburn have been bought out of administration by a new company called Darwen Group, securing the future of up to 360 jobs.

Gazeley and Harworth Estates have unveiled plans to build a new £70m 850,000 sq ft distribution park at the derelict Lounge coal depot in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, which will lead to the creation of up to 900 jobs.

Bond Aviation Group is to invest £4m in a new training programme that will create jobs for 12 helicopter pilots and 20 engineers at sites in Gloucestershire and Aberdeen.

Great Bear Distribution is to open a new distribution centre in Desborough early next year to service its contract with Master Foods, and up to 330 jobs will be created.

NYK Logistics is to expand its Northampton-based logistics business, having won a £21m contract from BSH Home Appliances to distribute electrical products.

RMS Group, the Humber-based cargo handling firm, has undergone a £20m management buy-out backed by venture capitalists YFM and PIF.

Tyne & Wear Metro has secured government funding to invest £14m in a new ticketing system, including the installation of machines that accept notes and credit cards.

Eddie Stobart is to create up to 150 jobs when it starts making truck deliveries to the new Tesco distribution centre due to open in Goole in September.

GrantRail Signalling is to relocate its headquarters and 14 staff from Doncaster to Micklegate in York next month, and hopes to create up to 40 jobs over the next two years.

Wills Marine, the South Devon-based marine brokerage, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Reading Borough Council has received plans from PRUPIM for the development of a £12m privately-financed railway station at GreenPark.

Bond Offshore Helicopters has submitted plans to extend its site at Aberdeen Airport, including a new helicopter hangar and office facilities.

Eddie Stobart is to be acquired by Westbury Property Fund in a £138m reverse takeover that will create a combined £250m transport and logistics group, and this will be followed by the £23m acquisition of Widnes-based rail freight operator O'Connor.

The Pallet Network is looking to relocate its freight distribution business and 60 staff from the existing 224,000 sq ft site in Rugby to a larger unidentified site nearby.

Bombardier is to create an unspecified number of mechanical and electrical jobs at its transport maintenance plant in Crewe, in order to expand the existing 622-strong workforce.

Aer Lingus is to create more than 100 new jobs with a £100m investment at Belfast International Airport, which will involve new flights to several European cities.

Northern Blue and Accrington Transport have been acquired by Transdev of France, with the transfer of 80 staff and 65 buses at depots in Burnley, Accrington and Darwen.

Survey Inspection Systems, the County Durham-based rail mapping company, has been bought out of administration by three investors for undisclosed terms, and plans to expand its workforce from 20 to 60 over the next four years.

Gazeley has won planning permission to build a £23m 68,000 sq ft distribution centre at the Towers Business Park in Rugeley, and is seeking a logistics company to acquire the site.

White Young Green has acquired Savell Bird & Axon, the transportation consultancy with offices in London, Manchester and Cardiff, for an initial £18m.

Owens Road Services is to acquire the former Panasonic site at Baglan in Port Talbot, and hopes to create up to 200 jobs operating the 141,000 sq ft distribution centre for an unnamed company.

Inverness Airport has outlined a £75m blueprint to expand the airport over the next 25 years, including extensions to the runway and terminal.

Northern Executive Aviation, the Manchester-based aircraft repair company with 60 staff, has been acquired by Ocean Sky for undisclosed terms.

National Express is to relocate its headquarters and up to 60 jobs from London to a new site in Birmingham early next year.

UPS is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs at a new 335,000 sq ft parcel distribution centre due to open at the Birch Coppice Business Park in Tamworth later this year.

Clearstone, the LGV driver training firm, has been bought out of administration by private equity firm RCapital.

Oxford Airport is to be acquired by AO Acquisitions for £40m, which will lead to an expansion of the site's private and commercial air transport operations.

Ramage Distribution has acquired UFD, the Kirkcaldy-based logistics company with depots in Aberdeen, Bristol, Cambuslang, Warrington and Hemel Hempstead, out of administration, creating a combined group with 550 staff.

Peterhead Port Authority is to invest £30m in a new quay at Peterhead harbour, in order to benefit the fishing industry and improve facilities for offshore-decommissioning work.

Sedgefield Council is considering plans from Merchant Place for the development of a 1.4m sq ft distribution centre at the 100-acre Amazon Park site in Newton Aycliffe.

Braemar Shipping Services has acquired Falconer Bryan, the Singapore-based provider of marine survey and loss adjusting services, for £5.8m.

Pearson Home Moving, the Middlesbrough-based removals and storage company with 70 vehicles and 75 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

Safestore is planning to expand its network of 100 self-storage centres in the UK and France with 16 new sites by the end of next year, adding about 770,000 sq ft of space.

Arriva has won the franchise to operate the new expanded long-distance Cross Country rail services, and will take over from Virgin Trains in November.

Belfast Harbour Commissioners has announced proposals for the £630m expansion of the Port of Belfast, which would involve the reclamation of 120 acres of land from Belfast Lough over the next 20 years.

EWS, the rail freight operator with about 5,000 staff, is to be acquired by Deutsche Bahn of Germany for an estimated £250m.

Taygroup, the haulage firm with 133 staff at sites in Wigan, Biggleswade, Cardiff and Batley, has undergone a £8.7m management buy-out.

Arriva is to acquire Veolia Danmark, the Danish bus company with 640 buses and 1,700 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Forth Ports is to acquire Nordic Group, the Chatham-based port terminal operator and materials recycling company, for £46m.

Go-Ahead has acquired Blue Triangle Buses, the Rainham-based bus operator with 60 vehicles, for £12m, in order to expand its London General subsidiary.

Flybe is planning to set up a new staff training academy at Exeter International Airport over the next two years, including a 60-bedroom hotel.

Trainline is to acquire Advanced Smartcard Technologies, the developer of smartcards for the transport sector, for £19m.

ProLogis is to start work this month on the development of the Crossflow 550,000 sq ft distribution centre in Avonmouth, which will create 600 new jobs after opening in March 2008.

Rotala is to acquire Ludlows, the Halesowen-based bus operator with 21 buses, for £0.8m.

Bulmers Logistics has secured funding of £10m to expand its Teesside-based transport business across the country, including a new depot in Felixstowe.

First Group has agreed to acquire Chester City Transport, the operator of bus services in Chester with 84 vehicles, from Chester City Council.

Foulger Transport and Norfolk County Council are setting up a freight consolidation centre in Snetterton by August, in order to cut the number of heavy goods vehicles entering Norwich city centre.

MTR Corporation of Hong Kong has won a franchise to operate a number of rail services in London, and more than 400 jobs will be created to improve standards on the proposed London Overground system.

Rotala is to acquire North Birmingham Busways, the Birmingham-based bus operator with 28 vehicles, for £0.9m.

Translinc, the Lincoln-based supplier of vehicles to local authorities with more than 500 staff, is to undergo a £50m management buy-in backed by RJD Partners.

Sloane Helicopters is to set up a £1.3m helicopter maintenance facility at St Angelo Airport in Enniskillen.

Aer Lingus is considering plans to set up a new base at Belfast International Airport, which could create up to 1,000 jobs.

Campbell Freight, the Belfast-based container freight company with 60 staff, has been acquired by DSV Air & Sea Holdings of Denmark.

Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry operator, is to be acquired by Prudential's Infracapital infrastructure fund for more than £200m.

Stena Line has won planning permission to develop a new £40m ferry terminal at Cairnryan in Dumfries & Galloway by the end of 2008, in partnership with P&O Irish Sea.

Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire the Wiltax Buses business outside the London area, with the transfer of 24 staff and 24 vehicles.

DP World has won government approval to build a £1.5bn container port on the Thames in Thurrock over the next 15 years, including a logistics and business park and the creation of 14,000 jobs.

British Airways is to create 40 new jobs at its IT centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne over the next few months.

International Port Holdings is to invest £50m in the expansion of the port at Great Yarmouth, having taken control of Great Yarmouth Port Authority.

Port of Tyne is to invest £21m in the expansion of its cargo handling capacity this year.

Mid Suffolk District Council is to consider plans from the Stowmarket Multi-Modal Distribution Park consortium for the development of a road and rail freight distribution centre next to the A14 in Stowmarket.

NetJets Europe is planning to increase the pilot numbers in its executive jets business from 750 to 1,500 by 2011.

JetBird of Ireland is considering plans to set up an operating base for its executive jet service at Stansted airport.

Air Partner is planning to set up a "high security private jet enclave" at Biggin Hill airport near London, including hangars and maintenance facilities.

Boeing is to announce plans to set up an Integrated Vehicle Health Management facility in the UK later this year, in order to remotely monitor the maintenance requirement of vehicles, and is considering potential sites in the North East and two other regions.

Clarkson has acquired the remaining 51% stake in Cofimar SAS, the dry cargo broker, for £1.3m.

Erinaceous has submitted plans to expand Shoreham Airport in West Sussex, including the restoration of the terminal building, new offices, a new hangar and the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Stagecoach has acquired Cooks Coaches, the Somerset-based coach operator with 60 vehicles and 112 staff, for undisclosed terms.

Alexander Dennis has acquired Plaxton Holdings, the coach manufacturer with more than 500 staff in Scarborough and South Yorkshire, for undisclosed terms.

Smart Storage of Merseyside is to invest £6m in the expansion of its self-storage business with the opening of up to ten new sites by the end of 2008.

BAA is to sell Budapest Airport in Hungary to a consortium led by Hochtief AirPort for £1.3bn.

Babcock International has reached agreement to acquire the Devonport naval dockyard in Plymouth for £350m, but still requires approval from the Ministry of Defence.

Maxjet is planning to raise up to £50m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its business-class airline, which flies from Stansted to the US.

JE Hyde, the London-based shipbroking and related services firm with 54 staff and gross assets of £1m, has been acquired by ICAP.

Stacey's Coaches is to set up a new depot at the ice rink site in Carlisle, with the creation of 30 new jobs.

National Express is to acquire Continental Auto, the Spanish bus and coach operator, for £450m.

BBA Aviation is to acquire Executive Beechcraft, the US aircraft management and maintenance services company with annual sales of about £30m.

Network Rail is planning to build a £40m rail maintenance depot at Woodhouse Junction near Sheffield, with the creation of about 150 jobs.

ProLogis has secured outline planning permission from North Lanarkshire Council for the development of a 1m sq ft warehouse and distribution scheme at Newhouse.

BAA has announced plans to invest £9.3bn in the development of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports over the next 11 years, in order to improve facilities and reduce congestion.

John Menzies is to acquire Universal Air Cargo, the freight forwarder operating at 11 locations in Australasia and the US, in order to expand its aviation support services subsidiary.

Lydd Airport in Kent is to shed 25 jobs from its 77-strong workforce, in order to cut costs as it tries to secure planning permission for a multi-million pound terminal building and runway extension.

Heavyweight Air Express, the East Midlands Airport-based provider of transportation services with 100 staff, has undergone a multi-million pound management buy-out.

Redcats UK is to sell its courier network business to Parcelnet, creating a combined group of 7,000 couriers that will provide home delivery services for the Redcats brands.

SC Chambers & Co, the Liverpool-based ship broker, has been acquired by Sanderson Maritime with backing from the Merseyside Special Investment Fund.

Contract Design (Northern) is to create up to 90 jobs in Newcastle for mechanical engineers, draughtsmen and electrical design engineers, following a rise in demand for its ship design services.

GNER is creating 65 new jobs for drivers, station staff, maintenance workers and catering staff in London and Leeds, following the launch of 12 additional rail services.

Waterman is to acquire Boreham, the Brentwood-based transport consultancy, for up to £9.6m.

Network Rail has announced plans to invest £2.4bn in the expansion of the railways over the next two years, including longer platforms, speed increases, new tracks and resignalling.

Hargreaves Services has acquired Simon Bulk Warehousing & Distribution from Humber Sea Terminal for £4m, with the transfer of 28 staff.

SkyMerlin is to launch its new Flyforbeans airline from Cardiff International Airport later this year, offering flights to several European destinations and creating an initial 100 jobs.

BAA is investing £40m in the recruitment of 1,400 security guards and the opening of 22 new security lanes at its seven airports.

Clockwork Group has acquired Edwards, the London-based storage group, for £1.6m.

Kuehne & Nagel is to set up a 170,000 sq ft logistics warehouse at the Hams Hall distribution park in Birmingham.

Hanseatic Shipping Company is planning to create 20 jobs at its new shipping management office in North Shields over the next three years.

Stena Line is to open a new £35m fast ferry terminal at the Port of Belfast by summer 2008.

Peel Ports has won government approval to build a new £90m shipping terminal at Seaforth on the Mersey by 2010, which will create about 180 jobs.

Metronet Rail is to invest £7m in the development of a test track for London Underground trains at the former Asfordby pit near Melton Mowbray.

Keystore is to invest £4m in the expansion of its warehouse facilities in Hull with the creation of 24 jobs, in order to benefit from ABP's planned new container terminal.

InterBulk Investments has acquired United Transport International, the container transport group with offices in Hull, Pettwood, Elland and Teesside, in a £80m reverse takeover.

Von Essen Aviation is planning to acquire PremiAir Aviation, the luxury helicopter charter company, for more than £20m.

Diamond Bus Company is creating 35 new jobs for drivers and support staff, in order to expand its bus operations in the Redditch area.

Fortec Pallet Distribution Network is to relocate to a new £5m 140,000 sq ft site near Rugby after Easter.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport is considering proposals for the £2.6bn expansion of Glasgow's underground railway system, including an extension to the east of the city.

NCP, the chain of 850 car parks, has been sold by 3i to Macquarie Bank for £790m, but 3i will retain the NCP Services division.

British Airways is planning to expand its operations at London City Airport by 70% with the introduction of 250 CityFlyer flights a week.

Irish Continental, the freight and passenger ferry operator, is planning to undergo a management buy-out that values the group at £321m.

NFT is planning to relocate up to 68 drivers from its Elstree depot to the Sainsbury's operations centre in Waltham Point, Essex, by the end of April.

Track Safe Telecom, the Cardiff-based rail industry telecoms company, is to create 90 new jobs over the next three years, and has just acquired London-based track-welding specialist Gem-Weld.

Highland Airways, the Inverness-based airline with 70 staff and eight aircraft, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

TDG has acquired Doman, the Spanish logistics company with 179 staff, for up to £21m.

Bournemouth Airport has submitted plans for a £32m expansion project, including improvements to the terminal buildings, better access and additional car parking.

British Airways is planning to recruit 20 graduates for its new IT training programme in Heathrow and Newcastle upon Tyne.

TDL has acquired ICD, creating a combined haulage group with 80 staff on the Isle of Man.

Mark's Specialised Transport of Lincolnshire is planning to expand its 70-strong workforce with up to 30 new jobs over the next year, and will relocate to a new £0.3m site in Washingborough in May.

WA Developments International is to relocate the headquarters of its haulage business and dozens of jobs from Appleby to Kingmoor Park near Carlisle over the next six weeks.

Distribution Unlimited is planning to open a further seven franchised leaflet distribution sites by the end of the year.

Apcoa, the operator of 3,300 car parks in 13 countries, is to be acquired by French private equity firm Eurazeo in a deal worth £587m.

Amec is to sell its 50% stake in SPIE Rail Systems, the London-based railway maintenance company with 500 staff, to Colas of France for undisclosed terms.

Paul Hodgson Transport, the Northumberland-based car transport company with 50 staff, has been bought out administration by A1 Automotive of Livingston.

Capita has acquired a further 150,000 sq ft of warehouse space for its document management business at Darlington's Lingfield Point business park, which could lead to the creation of 30 jobs.

Tellings Golden Miller is to acquire a 75% stake in OFJ Ground Services, the vehicle maintenance company, which will provide TGM with a new headquarters and operating centre at Heathrow.

Taxibank is planning to create up to 120 jobs at its taxi booking call centre in Plymouth over the next year.

One NorthEast is to help fund the development of a £2.3m International Marine Design Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne by March, in order to help the region win international ship design contracts.

First Group is to acquire Laidlaw International, the US operator of Greyhound buses and school buses, for £1.8bn.

Von Essen Hotels is planning to acquire London Heliport, the Battersea-based heliport and hotel development site, for an estimated £50m.

Samskip has acquired Saltire Integrated Shipping, the Glasgow-based freight forwarding company.

Safestore is planning to expand its chain of 76 self-storage centres with up to ten new sites a year, and is also preparing for a flotation that will value the business at about £700m.

Chambers Coach Hire, the Northern Ireland-based bus operator, has been acquired by venture capital firm Enterprise Equity.

Hays Public Services is looking to recruit 98 delivery workers and 107 follow-up staff to carry out a test run for the next official census in Stoke-on-Trent.

Group 4 Securicor is to acquire Direct Handling, the Isle of Man-based parcel and document service company, for £0.9m.

Arriva has acquired Bosak Bus, the Czech bus operator with 50 vehicles and 64 staff, for £1.1m.

Metronet is recruiting 550 additional engineers, in preparation for a new maintenance regime on the London Underground.

Transport Scotland has announced plans to build a £20m transport interchange in Gourock, Inverclyde, over the next five years, in order to link bus, rail and ferry services.

West Wales Airport has submitted plans to Ceredigion Council for a £5m expansion project, including a new terminal, control tower and 48-bedroom hotel.

Caledonian MacBrayne is looking to relocate its Gourock Pier headquarters and 130 staff to another part of Inverclyde over the next three years.

BAA has unveiled plans to build a second runway and terminal at Stansted airport by 2015, as part of a £2.4bn expansion project.

DeepStore has acquired Interactive Records Management, the document retrieval service with 22 staff at two sites in London, for undisclosed terms.

Storage King of Australia is looking to open six self-storage centres across Scotland over the next year, having appointed King Sturge to search for sites.

Merseytravel has identified up to 12 suitable sites in the Liverpool area to build railway stations.

Eddie Stobart has ordered 500 new trucks from Scania of Sweden, in order to expand its haulage business and cut exhaust emissions, with delivery starting in March.

Paul James Coaches, the Coalville-based coach transport company with 35 vehicles and 51 staff, has been acquired by Veolia Transport.

Armadillo, the Edinburgh-based self-storage warehouse company with ten sites, has been acquired by the property and infrastructure unit of HSBC for £40m.

Foulger Transport has submitted plans to Breckland Council to build a 180,000 sq ft freight warehouse at Roudham, near Thetford.

Turners (Soham) has acquired CRW, the Bath-based bulk powder transport company with 150 vehicles, for an estimated £7m.

Arriva is to acquire an 85% stake in Osthannoversche Eisenbahnen, the German bus and rail company, for £20m.

Michael Ward, the Bolton-based refrigerated transport company with 100 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.

British Airways is said to be considering plans to invest up to £1bn a year in the purchase of 135 long-haul aircraft over the next 15 years.

Amtrak Express Parcels, the West Midlands-based parcel delivery company with almost 1,000 staff, has been bought out of administration by Netfold.

Network Rail is to set up an 80,000 sq ft storage and distribution centre in Derby.

Arriva is to acquire Esfera, the Spanish bus operator with 34 staff, for an initial £2.6m.

Group 4 Securicor has sold Cognisa Transportation to First Transit for an initial £8m, while its German cash services subsidiary G4S Geld und Wertdienste has been sold to a newly-formed company for a nominal sum.

Tellings Golden Miller is to sell its Aircrews Business to OFJ Connections for £1.1m.

Highlands & Islands Enterprise is to invest up to £6m in the expansion of Inverness Airport over the next three years, as part of a long-term strategy to create a centre of excellence for the maintenance of aircraft.

Peel Holdings has acquired the Cammell Laird Shipyard in Liverpool from Reddington Finance for undisclosed terms, as part of its expansion project at the Port of Liverpool.

Rotala has acquired the bus business and certain assets of Birmingham Motor Traction, the West Midlands-based bus operator, for under £0.1m.

Product Support, the Kingswinford-based provider of logistics to the defence industry with about 400 staff, has undergone a £16m management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers.

Sky High Traffic Data, the traffic data collection company with sites in Tadcaster and Edinburgh, is to be acquired by Myratech for about £2m.

One, the regional train operator, is to create 120 new jobs in East Anglia, in order to improve service standards over the next year.

Go-Ahead has acquired PAS, the provider of valet parking services at Gatwick airport, for up to £1.6m.