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Former home of Alstom and van manufacturer LDV will become new rail maintenance depot for HS2 

6 Feb 18

Once home to Metro Cammell and LDV vans, the site at Washwood Heath is set to become HS2’s depot…

Former home of Alstom and van manufacturer LDV will become new rail maintenance depot for HS2 

6 Feb 18

Once home to Metro Cammell and LDV vans, the site at Washwood Heath is set to become HS2’s depot…

Birmingham Post golf day is a big success 

8 Sep 17

The Birmingham Post held its Autumn Pairs golf tournament in association with LDV…

New Tarmac plant set for former Alstom and LDV site in Washwood Heath 

20 Nov 16

Only 10 new jobs to be created on site once earmarked for HS2…

Birmingham wins tug of war over former LDV land 

25 Feb 16

Ruling means site will be shared between HS2 and manufacturers in major jobs boost for the city…

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City MP claims victory in HS2 site campaign 

25 Feb 16

Byrne wins bid for 3,000 jobs at Washwood Heath.

3,000 jobs for former LDV site in Washwood Heath as MPs back business park plan 

23 Feb 16

A long running row between Birmingham’s politicians and high speed rail line managers over the future of the former LDV Alstom site has finally come to an end…

LDV vans return to Birmingham… but now they’re made in China 

9 Jan 16

LDV vans, built at Washwood Heath until the firms collapse seven years ago, will go on sale in the UK again under a new brand…

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Don’t tell him, Fullelove! 

3 Apr 15

Last week, the young David Evans spent an afternoon of tea, cake and conversation with Reg, who remembers his father David Fullelove being a member of the Local Defence Volunteers.

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Walsall player 279. Michael Dobson 

5 Mar 15

Michael Dobson (born 9 April 1981, Isleworth, London) is an English former professional footballer.

BREAKING NEWS: HS2 gives up claims to east Birmingham employment land 

24 Feb 15

HIGH-speed rail company HS2 has given up its claims on employment land in Washwood Heath in Birmingham.

Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans 

21 Dec 14

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot…

Couple drive LDV Maxus van from Shanghai to Birmingham to bring it ‘home’ 

7 Sep 14

Yaoguo Chen and Jie Wu drove from China in a ‘Maxus’ van based on a Birmingham-made LDV van.

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HS2 depot plans could lead to Sutton Coldfield’s green belt land… 

6 Sep 14

SUTTON Coldfield’s green belt land will be concreted over if plans to build a depot for the controversial HS2 scheme is give the green light, a Birmingham MP has warned.

Van leaking oil all over path and road, 31st July 

31 Jul 14

Red Ldv van parked on street leaking oil everywhere it parks (apart from outside their own house surprisingly) -reg X118UOE Report on FixMyStreet…

Bully fancied job in machine shop 

29 Jun 14

IN RESPONSE to our recent look back at Wolves’ triumph in the Sherpa Van Trophy final at Wembley in 1988, we’ve been contacted by Chris Smith, who at the time of the final was head of PR at a local advertising agency who worked with LDV, makers…

Last-ditch plea to save 4,000 jobs scheme at former LDV site 

28 Apr 14

Fight to save industrial site in Washwood Heath – one of Birmingham’s most deprived areas – reaches Parliament…

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GBSLEP ‘barking up the wrong tree’ by backing HS2 college at Washwood Heath 

4 Mar 14

Former DWP civil servant John D Turner says the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP is making a big mistake by promoting plans to use the former LDV plant at Washwood Heath for…


23 Feb 14

What have the Winter Olympics and a Birmingham industrial wasteland in common? Does anyone remember the connection between Birmingham ’s doomed van maker LDV and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska? Clue.

Thousands of jobs at Birmingham’s former LDV site on hold due to HS2 

16 Jan 14

Regeneration scheme for the sprawling complex in Washwood Heath has been shunted into
the sidings by the £43 billion high-speed rail project…

Loss of Digbeth Wholesale Markets 

19 Mar 13

Birmingham Wholesale Markets in Digbeth.

LDV creditors report revealed 

Jon Griffin 24 Jun 10

Hundreds of creditors of failed Birmingham van-maker LDV will share a maximum of just £600,000 in compensation payouts – from a total debt mountain of £75 million…

Government responds to LDV petition 

7 Apr 10

The Government has responded to a petition on the 10 Downing Street website, demanding action be taken to save vehicle manufacturer LDV. The petition, which was created as the company teetered towards closure last year, was signed by over 4,500 people…

LDV and an opportunity lost 

6 Apr 10

I signed an e-petition about the demise of LDV and got this disappointing reply. I have to say that with the right political will, we could have been making electric vans now in Birmingham rather than importing them from abroad as we will undoubtedly do…

Business news
LDV: real cost of collapse 

24 Oct 09

The full impact of the demise of Birmingham van-maker LDV across the Black Country has been revealed, with businesses in the region owed a total of nearly £1 million. Administrators for the company warned earlier this week that creditors, owed a total of £75m in the collapse, would get less than 1p in every pound […]