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West Midlands commuters face delays from snow

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Media captionMotorists had to take care driving along the roads in Birmingham

Commuters in the West Midlands faced delays to their journeys home after heavy snowfall caused widespread disruption to the transport network.

Rail and bus services were curtailed across the region and roads in Birmingham were "gridlocked", according to one motorist.

Birmingham Airport was closed for over five hours to clear the snow.

The heaviest snowfall came in the morning but the Met Office expects intermittent showers through the night.

Up to 15cm (6in) of snow was predicted in some areas, with 5cm (2in) to 10cm (4in) due to have settled in most places by Saturday morning.

Roads around Holloway Head were reported to be at a standstill earlier.

One motorist said it took her four hours to drive two miles from Birmingham city centre to Brookfield Road.

A caller to BBC WM described Bristol Road as being "gridlocked".

A London Midland trains spokesman said: "As the day has progressed and the snow has continued we have seen disruption gradually increase.

"We are keeping trains running, and will continue to do so, but anyone travelling can in general expect delays of between 20 and 40 minutes to their journey.

Hospital 4x4 plea

"We are advising passengers to allow extra time for their journeys, to check before they travel and to keep up-to-date with latest updates.

"Our teams are working hard to keep people moving."

At least 26 flights were cancelled at Birmingham Airport and passengers expecting to fly should visit the airport's website.

Image caption Correspondent Phil Mackie tweeted a picture of Birmingham Airport

National Express stopped their buses early with the last services from the centres of Birmingham, Solihull, Dudley, West Bromwich and Stourbridge leaving at 19:00 GMT.

A spokeswoman for the bus operator said the final buses from the centres of Walsall and Wolverhampton left at 20:00 GMT.

All planned operations at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley have been cancelled over the weekend due to the snow.

The Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals have appealed for locals with 4x4s to help transport clinical staff during adverse weather.

Friday afternoon's race meeting at Wolverhampton's all-weather surface was abandoned due to snow and Solihull Council and Wolverhampton City Council said there would be no sports fixtures over the weekend on any of their park pitches.

More than 150 schools closed across the West Midlands.

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