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The Civil Aviation Authority has recommended that a second advanced air traffic control centre should be built, at Prestwick, Strathclyde, in order to back up the centre being built at Swanwick.
AEA Technology is acquiring BR Research from the British Railways Board for £10.8m.
James Fisher, the Barrow-based shipping concern, is acquiring P&O Tankships, the operator of 17 petroleum products tankers, for £39m.
British Airways has won approval to acquire a 67% stake in Air Liberte, the independent French carrier, for £53m.
Ugland International Holdings, the shipping group, is to acquire the Ugland family's 50% stake in Hoegh-Ugland Auto Lines, the vehicle carrier business, for an initial £99m.
P&O of the UK and Royal Nedlloyd of the Netherlands are to merge their container activities to create a new company with 8,000 staff and 112 container ships.
Chiltern Railways is ordering 12 diesel-powered express trains from ABB-Daimler Benz Transportation, a contract which should create over 100 new jobs at Adtranz's plant in Derby.
Powell Duffryn has sold its UK and South African storage terminals to Koninklijke Van Ommeren of Rotterdam for £16m.
Stagecoach Holdings has bought Swebus, the Swedish bus operator, for £116m.
Cowie has bought Drymona, the North East Bus holding company, for £24.5m, making it the second biggest bus operator in the UK.
Relayfast has bought Western Track Renewals, the British Railways infrastructure concern, for undisclosed terms.
TBI, the property group, is acquiring Belfast International airport for £100m.
British Airways is switching its Latin American routes from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport, where it will create up to 500 jobs.
Business Post Group is planning a new national distribution centre in Birmingham at a cost of £7.6m.
Cowie Group has acquired British Bus Group, the third largest bus company behind Stagecoach and FirstBus, for at least £282m.
Central Transport Rental is to sell its rail wagon leasing operation to management for £27m.
Go-Ahead Group is buying London General, the bus operator, for £46m.
Jarvis is buying Northern Infrastructure Maintenance Company from the British Railways Board, for £9m.
FirstBus is acquiring Strathclyde Buses for £110m, making it the UK's largest bus company.
Virgin Group has bought 90% of Euro Belgian Airlines for £38m and will use the acquisition to help it reduce the cost of air travel in Europe.
Amec has acquired South West Infrastructure Maintenance Company, the ex-British Rail track maintenance company which operates between London, Exeter and Hastings, for £11m.
Sea Containers of Bermuda is to acquire Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the ferry operator, for £47m.
British Steel has bought British Rail's Castleton Long Welded Rail and Track Works, meaning that about a third of the railway industry by turnover has been sold off.
British Rail is selling the Central Infrastructure Maintenance Company to GT Railway Maintenance and also it is selling Western Infrastructure Maintenance to Amey Railways.
FirstBus is to buy Greater Manchester Buses North for £47m and Portsmouth Transit for £5.2m.
Cowie has bought County Bus Holdings from National Express for £8.6m.
Stagecoach Holdings is buying another bus company - GM Buses South, the Manchester bus operator, for £41m - but now plans to concentrate on rail franchises.
Stagecoach has bought Devon General and Bayline, the Devon bus companies with 320 vehicles, for up to £16.1m.
Wisconsin Central Transportation has acquired the three British Rail Trainload Freight businesses for £225m.