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Transport Bulletin: 11 - 17 May 2012

Client News Arriva Depot expansion appeal Arriva will appeal the decision by Sefton councillors who rejected their proposed expansion for the Hawthorne Road site, in Bootle. Liverpool Echo, 17 May 2012 Link to full text

Barloworld New contract win in NI Barloworld Handling has won a contract with Warrenpoint Harbour, Northern Ireland, for the supply of forklift trucks. MHW Magazine, 14 May 2012 Link to full text

First Group New finance director announced Chris Surch, formerly of Shanks Group, has been hired as the new finance director for First Group. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 16 May 2012 Link to full text

DHL New freight centre at Brussels airport DHL Global Forwarding will house all air freight activities under one roof after work started on a €27m logistics centre at Brussels airport’s Brucargo freight zone. Logistics Manager, 14 May 2012 Link to full text DHL to manage new automotive site A new Jaguar Land Rover logistics facility at Ellesmere Port is to be managed by DHL. Logistics Manager, 11 May 2012 Link to full text

Network Rail Record breaking sales at Kings Cross The new Western Concourse at Kings Cross has seen Network Rail achieve record breaking sales for the first month, averaging £600k per week. The Moodie Report, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Application for new maintenance centre Network Rail has submitted plans to Derby City Council for a new rail maintenance centre,


which will be located alongside the Chaddesden triangle. Sage for Construction, 15 May 2012 Link to full text Equal pay claim launched The Transport Salaried Staffs Association has launched a case on behalf of 34 women who work at Network Rail, claiming equal pay in line with male colleagues. Morning Star, 14 May 2012 Link to full text

Wincanton New contract win Wincanton have agreed to provide warehousing and distribution services in London for Sainsbury’s. The agreement is for 3 years. Logistics Manager, 17 May 2012 Link to full text

Targets Eddie Stobart Profits up and wigs donned Stobart Group announced improved pre-tax profits of ÂŁ35.2m, and a surprise move into the legal sector with Stobart Barristers, a service allowing people to use a barrister without needing a solicitor. In Cumbria, 17 May 2012 Link to full text

Norbert Dentressangle Hybrid truck trial Norbert Dentressangle is conducting a trial of alternative technologies after taking delivery of a 26 tonne hybrid vehicle. Logistics Manager, 16 May 2012 Link to full text

Virgin Atlantic In-flight communication service launched Virgin Atlantic will now provide a cell phone and internet service on some transatlantic flights. Reuters, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Nairobi route dropped Due to increased costs and the state of the economy, Virgin Atlantic will end its service from London to Nairobi in September. Business Traveller, 16 May 2012 Link to full text New head of PR announced Fay Burgin has been hired as head of PR for Virgin Atlantic and will lead the team from the headquarters in Crawley. PR Week, 15 May 2012 Link to full text Music studio installed at Heathrow Virgin Atlantic has installed an industry standard music recording studio at its Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow airport. Telegraph, 14 May 2012 Link to full text


Road Haulage & Logistics Press Truck tyre – intelligent Pirelli have launched a road haulage truck tyre, Cyber Fleet, which has an electronic sensor and computer system to provide up-to-the-minute data. HGV Ireland, 17 May 2012 Link to full text Agility – profits rise With sales up one per cent, Agility has announced a 41 per cent rise in EBITDA to £34.5m. Logistics Manager, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Green logistics – beneficial Pete Chivers, P&O group environmental manager, believes that eco-friendly logistics solutions are beneficial to business, customers and the planet. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Ryder – contract win Ryder has been awarded a contract with the fashion logistics division of the Lloyd Fraser Group for 45 rigids and ten 44t tractor units. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 16 May 2012 Link to full text ACS&T – return to profit Following a sales rise of 14 per cent, ACS&T, the temperature controlled logistics operator, has returned to profit. Logistics Manager, 14 May 2012 Link to full text Tachograph – malfunction The DVLA has identified an issue with some digital tachograph cards, which may malfunction and will be writing to all drivers affected. HGV UK, 11 May 2012 Link to full text Isotrak system – picked by Allport Isotrak’s Active Transport Management System has been picked by Allport for its Specialist Services division. Logistics Manager, 11 May 2012 Link to full text Tanker drivers – strike off After eight days of talks, tanker drivers have voted to avert strikes and accepted a deal with seven oil distribution firms. Logistics Manager, 11 May 2012 Link to full text France – new drink driving rules From 1 July, anyone driving a motorised vehicle in or through France will be required to carry a single-use disposable breathalyser kit. Logistics Manager, 11 May 2012 Link to full text FedEx – new acquisition FedEx will acquire French business-to-business express transport company Tatex, which has a nationwide network and annual revenue of around €150m.


Logistics Manager, 11 May 2012 Link to full text Transport infrastructure - must improve British Chambers of Commerce has claimed that transportation problems in the UK are hampering business exports. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 11 May 2012 Link to full text

Legislation Goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) (Exemption) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (Draft) These Regulations clarify which vehicles will not require the Operator to obtain an Operator's licence due to the weight or combined weight of the vehicles being used. The Regulations also clarify the vehicles that are exempt from the requirement of an operator's licence due to their construction or function. In-force date: n/a Link to full text

Passenger Transport Press Tram train - South Yorkshire pilot A £58m pilot scheme is to begin in South Yorkshire for flexible new Tram Trains on both rail and tram networks. Department for Transport, 17 May 2012 Link to full text Heathrow queues – minister grilled Damien Green, immigration minister, has appeared before Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee to tell MPs that queues at Heathrow were unacceptable. Travel Weekly, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Tube – record performance A report shows that the Tube in London attained record levels of performance in 2011. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 15 May 2012 Link to full text ADL - move into US ADL has formed a strategic alliance with bus builder New Flyer to target the medium-duty, low-floor bus sector in the US. Bus and Coach, 11 May 2012 Link to full story

Aviation & Marine Press Milford Haven – EU accreditation Milford Haven Port has been awarded an EcoPorts PERS certificate, a European-wide accreditation for the standard of its Environmental Management System. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Olympics – air space restrictions Justine Greening, secretary of state for transport, has explained that the Olympics will see the introduction of airspace restrictions across strategic parts of the UK. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 16 May 2012


Link to full text Maersk – post losses Despite sales rising to $6.3bn (£3.9bn), container line Maersk lost $599m (£375m) in the first quarter of 2012. Logistics Manager, 16 May 2012 Link to full text Call for aviation strategy A group of business leaders has accused the government of damaging the British economy and causing the country to lose business because they do not have an aviation strategy. Telegraph, 15 May 2012 Link to full text DQC – fine The Driving Standards Agency has warned employers and drivers that they each face a £1k fine if found to be driving without their Driver Qualification Card (DQC). Commercial Motor, 14 May 2012 Link to full text Heathrow – third runway BAA has warned that without a third runway international airlines would desert London, leaving Heathrow as a ‘branch line’ on the world's aviation network. Telegraph, 14 May 2012 Link to full text Edinburgh airport – chairman announced Sir John Elvidge has been appointed chairman of Edinburgh airport by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Telegraph, 13 May 2012 Link to full text IAG posts losses Higher fuel costs and Spain’s recession meant that International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways, announced 1Q pre-tax losses of €263m (£211m). Scotsman, 11 May 2012 Link to full text BMI Regional sold Sector Aviation Holdings, a consortium of Scottish businessmen, have agreed to buy BMI Regional for £8m from IAG. Financial Times, 11 May 2012 Port of Tyne – profit up The Port of Tyne had it best year in 2011, with profit nearly double than the previous year from £60m revenue. The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, 11 May 2012 Link to full text

Cases Dissipation of assets – Freezing injunctions – Time charters A shipowner had arguable claims for sub-hire against sub-charterers by virtue of lien clauses in a chain of time charters, but a worldwide freezing order obtained by the shipowner was discharged because no risk of dissipation of assets had been shown. Western Bulk Shipowning III A/S v (1) Carbofer Maritime Trading APS (2) Oceantask Corp. (3) Seatask Corp [2012] EWHC 1224 (Comm), 15 May 2012 Link to full text

Legislation Marine Navigation Bill 2012 (HL Bill No.14)


A Bill to make provision about marine navigation. Comments Received 1st Reading in the Lords Parliament, 15 May 2012 Link to full text

Publications The supply of airport services by BAA: Notice of acceptance of Final Undertakings pursuant to the Enterprise Act 2002 The Competition Commission (CC) has approved BAA's sale of Edinburgh Airport to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and will now consult on draft undertakings provided by GIP, which prevent the change of ownership of Edinburgh Airport within five years unless the CC is satisfied that any new purchaser satisfies its criteria. Competition Commission, 15 May 2012 Link to full text Proposed abolition of the aircraft and shipbuilding industries arbitration tribunal: government response to consultation A Department for Business, Innovation & Skills publication sets out the government's response to the proposed abolition of the aircraft and shipbuilding industries arbitration tribunal. It concludes that parliamentary approval will be sought to abolish the tribunal using powers pursuant to the Public Bodies Act. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, 11 May 2012 Link to full text

Events Public Space: What is the Future with Limited Funding? 23 May 2012 Link to full details Midland Metro, Birmingham City Extension 24 May 2012 Link to full details ICE & TRF Fellows Lecture - How Flexible Road Pavements Really Behave 28 May 2012 Link to full details TRF/ICE Prestige Lecture 28 May 2012 Link to full details How Road and Transport Projects Assist in Reducing Poverty in Developing Countries 30 May 2012 Link to full details If you require any further assistance regarding this bulletin, please contact Andrea Feeley in Knowledge Services. Please note that the Transport bulletins are now being stored on the Knowledge. To view past bulletins, select KnowHow from the Transport page.

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