TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TRAFFIC BRIEFS

TNT EXPRESS TO OPEN

17 NEW DEPOTS IN ITALYTNT Express plans to open 17 new depots in Italy as part of a major expansion of its international operations.

The new facilities will complement TNT's already established domestic service provided by TNT Traco.

The investment will include the employment of more than 80 additional staff, a new collection and delivery fleet and new buildings.

The operation will link up with the company's airport facility at Genoa and, from the end of May, at a new TNT facility at Forli. These airports will handle all consignments for TNT's air express service to and from Italy.

The move is designed to speed up customs clearance and improve the cutoff and delivery times for both imports and exports to a larger catchment area, said Giancarlo Olivieri, country manager at TNT Express.

GRAND TRUNK SPREADS

RAIL SAFETY MESSAGE

DETROIT - Grand Trunk Western Railroad said it reached a record 433,000 school children and adults last year with its presentation on safety awareness. The program emphasizes the hazards of playing in or near railroad.

GTW's program, administered and taught by members of GTW's police department, visited 33,000 Michigan and Ohio students from kindergarten to the seventh grade.

An award-winning video, illustrating the dangers of playing in rail yards and tampering with railroad equipment, is the centerpiece for the program. A companion program, safety crossing awareness, was presented to 400,000 adults in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies.

BRITISH RAIL RAISES

PAY OFFER TO WORKERS

LONDON - British Rail said Monday it had raised its pay offer to its work force to 9.3 percent from the 8.5 percent it offered last month.

In a statement, BR said this "final offer" will apply to basic rates, enhancements and linked allowances. It will add 140 million (US$228.2 million) or 8.6 percent to the pay bill during the current financial year.

The BR board also announced that it will discuss a reduction in working hours.

The three unions representing the railway workers, led by the National Union of Railwaymen, want a substantial increase and the British press has been speculating they would not be satisfied with an offer of less than 10 percent.

GM TO BUILD S-TRUCK

AT PLANT IN NEW JERSEY

PONTIAC, Mich. - The General Motors Truck & Bus Group said Monday that the redesigned S-truck will be built at the Buick-Oldsmobile-Canada Group plant at Linden, N.J.

Management responsibility for the plant will be transferred to the Truck & Bus Group in 1991 when the Linden facility will build out its production of Chevrolet Corsica and Beretta models.

The Linden plant, after it is retooled and refurbished, is tentatively scheduled to begin production of the new S-trucks in the fall of 1992. The S- truck also will be produced at GM Truck & Bus facilities in Moraine, Ohio, and Shreveport, La.