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    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, between J6 for A45 Coventry Road Birmingham Airport and J5 for A41 Solihull By-Pass Solihull.

    M42 West Midlands - One lane closed on M42 southbound between J6, A45 (Birmingham Airport) and J5, A41 (Solihull), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Video caption: Prince Philip's visits to the region have been captured on camera for the last 70 years.
  3. Weather: Dull and damp Friday

    BBC Weather

    Dull with outbreaks of rain or drizzle this morning and there will continue to be little sunshine through the rest of the day with outbreaks of rain around. High: 8C/46F.

    This morning in Thurlaston, Warwickshire
    Image caption: This morning in Thurlaston, Warwickshire

    Skies will turn quite clear tonight which will mean temperatures dropping away and it will turn very cold with a widespread frost likely. Low: -1C/30F.

    You can get a latest forecast for your area at any time by going to the BBC Weather website.

  4. 'My biggest regret is that my mum died in pain'

    Unpaid carers looking after terminally ill friends and relatives during the pandemic struggled to access pain relief, with some patients dying in unnecessary pain, a survey has found.

    The survey of 995 unpaid carers by Marie Curie also found people had difficulties getting personal care and respite nursing for loved ones.

    Sheila Lowe with daughter Susan

    Susan Lowe, who cared for her mother Sheila, 74, before she died with bowel cancer in April last year, said she struggled to get the right pain relief medication for her mother in her final weeks and spent hours travelling to different chemists.

    The public health worker, from Solihull, said: "My biggest regret is that my mum died in pain - more pain than she needed to be. She really wanted to be comfortable at the end. She knew she was dying."

    Figures show the number of people dying at home rose by 42% in the past year.

    The government said it had taken action to support unpaid carers.

  5. M6 toll design changes

    BBC Midlands Today

    Drivers who use the M6 toll are to benefit from improvements to its design, as part of a multi-million pound investment strategy.

    M6 toll

    Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology will be installed from today in some lanes, as part of a pilot project for trucks and vans.

    It'll then be gradually rolled out for all other motorists.

    It's part of a wider plan to make the toll safer and improve congestion and connectivity across the West Midlands.

    Quote Message: The driver just comes up to the plaza, sails through and gets on its way, much swifter journeys, no hold-ups at the plazas, [it's] a lot faster." from Julie Davies M6 toll commercial director
    Julie DaviesM6 toll commercial director