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    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and it's very slow on M6 northbound from J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction) to J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands northbound severe accident, at J3 for A456 Quinton Expressway Halesowen.

    M5 West Midlands - Two lanes blocked on M5 northbound at J3, A456 (Halesowen), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, at J1 for A41 Birmingham Road West Bromwich.

    M5 West Midlands - One lane closed on M5 southbound at J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M6 West Midlands northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 West Midlands northbound severe accident, after J4 for M42 J7.

    M6 West Midlands - Two lanes closed and it's heavy on M6 northbound in Warwickshire after J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill), because of an accident. Travel time is around 15 minutes.

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

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    Severe disruption: A452 Warwickshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A452 Warwickshire both ways severe disruption, between M6 J4 roundabout and A45.

    A452 Warwickshire - Expect delays on A452 and A446 in both directions in Coleshill between the M6 J4 roundabout junction and Stonebridge Island, because of a full road closure across the weekend until the early hours of Monday morning for roadworks.

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

  6. Wolverhampton pledges free school meals for holidays

    Wolverhampton City Council has joined the chorus of local authorities to continue free school meals for struggling families over the holidays.

    Wolverhampton city centre

    Council leader Ian Brookfield said the move would "ensure 16,000 Wolverhampton children in low income households don't go hungry this half term".

    A motion to extend free school meals over holidays during the coronavirus pandemic - championed by footballer Marcus Rashford - was rejected by MPs in a vote on Wednesday.

    A number of councils across the country, including Birmingham and Telford and Wrekin have made the decision to step in themselves to support children and their families over the holidays.

  7. Cemetery 'almost full' after impact of Covid-19

    Birmingham City Council has announced it will run out of graves at one of its cemeteries within a fortnight, partially due to the pressures of Covid-19.

    Handsworth cemetary

    The local authority said it had just 15 Muslim graves available at Handsworth Cemetery and fewer than 70 for other religions.

    “The impact of Covid-19 has meant that burial space at Handsworth Cemetery has been used at a faster rate than we would have previously anticipated," Councillor Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said.

    However, the council said it had also made improvements to a cemetery at Sutton New Hall, which it said had been designed with "extensive flood lighting available which means burials can continue to take place with greater flexibility during the darker winter months".