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Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and queues on M6 southbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Toll Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from JT5 A5127 Birmingham Road Lichfield to JT4 A38.

M6 Toll Staffordshire - Temporary closure and it's slow on M6 Toll southbound from JT5, Lichfield to JT4, Weeford Interchange, because of a jackknifed caravan.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A5127 West Midlands both ways

BBC News Travel

A5127 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, from Green Lanes to Station Road.

A5127 West Midlands - A5127 Birmingham Road in Wylde Green closed and it's heavy in both directions from the Green Lanes junction to the Station Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J5 for A452.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J9 for A4097 Kingsbury Road Curdworth and J10 for A5 Watling Street.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M42 northbound between J9, A4097 (Curdworth) and J10, A5 (Tamworth), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Funding for station cycle schemes awarded

More than £160,000 has been awarded to schemes across the West Midlands to improve cycle facilities at railway stations.

Coventry station design
Coventry City Council

Coventry has been given £67,000 with £97,800 awarded to improve facilities at Droitwich, Rowley, Regis, Shenstone and Four Oaks stations by the Department for Transport.

Coventry railway station is currently undergoing a £82m transformation.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction, because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Video: What's the weather got in store?

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

Can we expect the rain to dry up over the next few days?

Here's the weekend forecast.

Latest weather for the West Midlands

A38 still shut by floods

BBC News Travel

A main road's still shut on the outskirts of Birmingham because of flooding.

It's the A38 in Castle Vale, between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout, with local firms telling travel firm Inrix that there's heavy flooding under the railway bridge.

Several other roads are also blocked including Sandon Road, Stafford, the B4101 Balsall Street, near Knowle and Gresty Lane, Shavington, Cheshire.

There is better news on the trains as National Rail Enquiries said services are running normally between Shrewsbury and Newtown after earlier flooding.

Low lying road affected by flooding

A flood alert for the Middle Tame in the West Midlands is in place with flooding likely in the area.

Flood map
Environment Agency

Low lying lanes and roads adjacent to the river between Horseley Heath and Castle Vale are being affected and the Ford Brook between Walsall and Bescot.

River levels are expected to remain high throughout the day said the Environment Agency, with drivers being advised to avoid roads in the area.

Flood alerts updated

Roads closed due to flooding

BBC News Travel

The A38 Kingsbury Road remains closed northbound in Castle Vale between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard roundabout.

The southbound carriageway was also initially blocked, but is now passable with care.

The B4101 is also closed in both directions in Bradnocks Marsh, Solihull between Magpie Lane and Fen End Road West.

In Staffordshire the B5066 Sandon Road is completely closed from Astonfields Road to Peel Terrace.

New Street in Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire is closed between Hanley Road and Upper Hook Road.

Wrinehill Road in Nantwich, Cheshire remains closed from B5071 Bridge Street to Cobbs Lane.

Latest update on flood warnings issued

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Rain will gradually ease and clear with some sunny spells later and highs of 17C (63F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

More rain on the way

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

There's some respite on the way from the rain in the latest weather forecast for the West Midlands.

But the wet weather is due to return tomorrow morning:

Alex Hamilton

You can get a latest forecast at any other time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A38 and J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction and J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Flooding continues to disrupt transport

BBC News Travel

Large number of roads, especially in rural areas, are blocked by flooding this afternoon which is also still affecting train services near Stratford-upon-Avon.

Road transport's replaced southbound trains with the railway lines under water between Whitlocks End, near Solihull, and Wilmcote, Warwickshire.

While both the Environment Agency in Shropshire and West Midlands Police in the Solihull area have said many country roads have been flooded.

Travel information firm Inrix has a number of main roads affected by flooding, including the A38 Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, New Street in Upton-upon-Severn and Gresty Lane in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Flooding disrupts bus service

BBC News Travel

A bus route is being diverted in Sutton Coldfield this afternoon because of flooding:

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Flooding risks remain

There's still a high risk of flooding across parts of the West Midlands and Cheshire this afternoon, despite the rain easing in many places.

Sutton Coldfield
Suttonwalker

There are still nine flood warnings - the Environment Agency's second-highest warning level - for the region, meaning flooding is expected.

Just below that level, there are also more than 20 flood alerts spread out over every county in the region.

Unpaid forensics roles a 'disaster in waiting'

A forensic specialist from Hexham has called West Midlands Police's appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts a "disaster waiting to happen".

The force has advertised the unpaid roles which involve sifting through "distressing [and] indecent images".

Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support.

Sam Raincock said on Twitter: "I actually cannot believe what I have read here.

"It is an absolute disgrace and a disaster waiting to happen."

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In the papers: Vehicles stranded by floods

Allen Cook

BBC News

Flooding from the wet weather's dominating the websites of a lot of our local newspapers today.

The Express and Star says many vehicles have been left stranded in flood water as 'torrential rain' swept the West MIdlands.

Rain in Frodesley, Shropshire
Peter Steggles

The Shropshire Star reports that one village in the county was the wettest place in the country on Wednesday.

While the Stoke-on-Trent Live website's covered the rescue of a man in Cheshire who 'ignored road closure signs' and drove into flood water.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, from J6 for A38 to J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

M6 West Midlands - It's slow on M6 northbound from J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway Spaghetti Junction to J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a temporary closure and emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Driver and passengers rescued from flood water

Three people had to be rescued from a vehicle caught in a flooded ford in Warwickshire.

Flooded road
Warwickshire Fire Service

Fire crews were called to Crowberry Lane, Middleton shortly after 22:10, said the fire service.

Earlier in the day a driver also had to be rescued from a flooded road near Witherley, it said.

Drivers are being warned not to attempt crossing flooded roads.

Travel disruption expected from more flooding

Drivers are being warned there could be more flooding and disruption this morning.

River Teme, Ludlow on Wednesday
Shropshire Lass

After several days of rain and more overnight, the forecast is for further wet weather through today.

The Environment Agency has flood warnings in place for parts of Shropshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, as well as flood alerts across the West Midlands.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place until midday which covers Cheshire, including around Crewe and Nantwich.

Yesterday, the bad weather caused disruption to trains as flood water blocked railway lines and several roads were under water.

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, with some of it heavy, and highs of 15C (59F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: A38 West Midlands eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 West Midlands eastbound severe disruption, between Forge Lane and Midpoint Boulevard Roundabout.

A38 West Midlands - A38 Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale blocked and queues outbound between the Forge Lane junction and the Midpoint Boulevard Roundabout junction, because of flooding. Congestion to Forge Lane through the Maybrook Business Park.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J4A for M42 J8 to J4 for M42 J7.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J4a M42 J8 to J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'No overnight fix' for Birmingham's bin woes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Carl Jackson

The councillor in charge of Birmingham's bin collections said there was "no overnight fix" after it was revealed last week that rubbish in the city was still going uncollected.

John O'Shea admitted that up to 900 collections were missed every day and told a council meeting on Tuesday that he was "under no illusions the service is not delivering".

Rats roam as hundreds of Birmingham bins go uncollected

"The problems are quite serious and need to be resolved," he said, explaining that there were lingering problems regarding routes and structures after workers changed from a five-day week to four.

However he said he was "confident they will be resolved and we will make the service better".

Refuse collections in Birmingham have been disrupted twice since a strike in 2017 about the changes to working patterns.

Benefits mum 'not intentionally homeless'

The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by Birmingham City Council to declare a mum-of-four as "intentionally homeless" after she could not afford to pay her rent.

Terryann Samuels fell into arrears in 2011 after a shortfall between her housing benefit and £700-a-month rent for a house in West Bromwich.

Supreme Court
PA

The council found her home was "affordable" and she had "flexibility" in her budget, which was made up of other benefits including welfare and child tax credits.

"I find it hard to see on what basis the finding of intentional homelessness could be properly upheld," Lord Carnwath, one of five Supreme Court judges looking at the case, said.

It was ruled Ms Samuels should not have had to use her other benefits to make up the shortfall in housing-related benefits and the judges called on the council to "accept full responsibility".

Homelessness charities supporting Ms Samuels, Shelter and Child Poverty Action Group, welcomed the ruling.

When someone is forced to choose between rent and keeping their children fed, they cannot be viewed as 'intentionally' homeless when they choose the latter."

Polly NeateChief Executive of Shelter