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Severe disruption: M6 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, from J4 for M42 J7 to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

M6 Warwickshire - Hard shoulder closed and it's slow on M6 northbound from J4, M42 J7 (Coleshill) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a break down.

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

Your photos: Rainbows, snow and sunsets

BBC Weather Watchers

We've seen all sorts of colourful photos from the BBC Weather Watchers today.

These ones were taken in Hallow, Clent and Clun.

Hallow
Muffinn
Clent
StormchaserAl
Clun
Our view

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J11A for M6 Toll.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J11a M6 Toll, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Plan to name new streets after war heroes

Seven new streets in Lichfield are going to be named in honour of local servicemen who died during the two world wars.

There are 22 men commemorated in Lichfield’s Garden of Remembrance, and Lichfield District Council is seeking the permission of their families over seven surnames.

Memorial
Lichfield District Council

The names of the men are: JF Axten, C Axten, GV Baker, J Baker, WB Baker, WH Baker, J Mullarkey, P Mullarkey, AA Smith, CG Smith, JG Smith, SJ Smith, T Smith, TN Smith, CWH Turner, SB Turner, E Ward, W Ward, AE Whittle, GP Whittle, DC Whittle and EH Whittle.

The proposed street names are Axten Avenue, Baker Way, Mullarkey Drive, Smith Close, Turner Road, Ward Close and Whittle Street.

Your weather forecast: A cold, clear night in store

BBC Weather

Tonight will be cold and largely dry with long clear spells and lows of 0C (32F).

Rugby
BBC Weather Watchers / AJthewalker

Wednesday will be dry and fine with long sunny spells and patchy cloud.

You can find a detailed weather forecast for your area on the BBC Weather site.

Severe congestion: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe congestion, between J5 for A452 and J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

M6 West Midlands - Queues on M6 northbound between J5, A452 (Castle Bromwich) and J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction). All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, between J6 for A4538 Pershore Lane and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's heavy on M5 northbound between J6, A4538 (Worcester) and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a break down.

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

Coronavirus: Britons in China want more support from UK

BBC Midlands Today

A university lecturer from Birmingham who is in Wuhan, the centre of the Coronavirus alert, says the UK government isn't doing enough to help and inform Britons trapped there.

Maeve Clarke
BBC

UK citizens in Wuhan and surrounding areas said that while other countries prepared evacuations, they had been given little information.

The US and Japan are sending planes to Wuhan for its citizens.

Maeve Clarke, who has been in Wuhan for a month and was due to fly home yesterday, says the government "hasn't responded quickly enough".

She said: "We still don't know exactly what the plans are."

Downing Street says the Foreign Office is "urgently exploring options" for British nationals to leave the region.

Severe disruption: M5 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at M6 J8.

M5 West Midlands - M5 lane closed on exit slip road to M6 Northbound and queues northbound at M6 J8, because of an oil spillage.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J14 for A34 and J15 for A500 D Road.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J14, A34 (Stafford North) and J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

Signalling fault delaying rail services

BBC News Travel

A fault with the signalling system is causing disruption to rail services through Leamington Spa.

Delays are expected until 16:00, says Network Rail.

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Overhead line problems delaying rail services

BBC News Travel

An object caught on overhead electric wires is causing blocked rail lines between Birmingham New Street and Walsall.

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Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, between J12 for A5 and J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 northbound between J12, A5 (Gailey) and J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of a break down.

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

Lorry's shed load of concrete blocks road

BBC News Travel

A lorry has shed a load of concrete slabs, blocking part of the A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass.

Only one lane is running past the scene, causing traffic to back up on to the M6 motorway.

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'Speedo Mick' arrives in Coventry

A football fan, walking from John O'Groats to Land's End wearing only swimming trunks, has reached Coventry.

Speedomick
BBC

The Liverpudlian, Mick Cullen, also known as Speedo Mick, started the journey in December and has so far raised £158,000 for community projects for disadvantaged young people.

Speedomick
BBC

He earned his nickname after swimming the English Channel for charity five years ago - and then turned up at Everton's Goodison Park in the same swimwear outfit to raise more funds.

He said the people of Coventry had given him a "brilliant" welcome.

"I went into the pub for something to eat and the shocked looks on their faces, but they fed me and gave me a cup of tea for nothing."

Cov Uni gets Casablanca campus

Could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

Coventry University is set to offer programmes at a purpose-built campus in Casablanca under a partnership approach with a Moroccan institution.

Casablanca
Reuters
An aerial view of the Moroccan city

The university is working with Morocco's Superior Institution of Science and Technology (SIST) to "provide teacher training and other business and science and technology programmes", it said.

The SSIT institute, which operates in English, will invest £14m to develop the campus.

The agreement will also enable the partners to explore opportunities for joint research, teaching, and mobility to and from Coventry University’s UK campuses for staff and students.

We see Morocco as a gateway to Africa and a country where higher education in the UK overall could have more and further collaborations."

Professor John LathamVice-chancellor, Coventry University

Bishop of Dudley ordained

The new Bishop of Dudley will be ordained and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a service at Southwark Cathedral in London today.

Martin Gorick
Church of England

Martin Gorick is a former chaplain to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

He will officially begin his ministry in the Diocese of Worcester next month.

As a Black Country bishop I look forward to the church playing its part in the regeneration of Britain’s heartland in the West Midlands, and to working in partnership with all people of good will.

Martin GorickBishop of Dudley

Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, from J12 for A5 to J13 for A449.

M6 Staffordshire - Temporary closure and queues on M6 northbound from J12, A5 (Gailey) to J13, A449 (Stafford South), because of an accident.

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

Rail services delayed

BBC News Travel

An "emergency incident" is blocking rail lines between Cheltenham Spa and Birmingham New Street, delaying train services.

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Severe accident: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe accident, from J11 for A460 to J10A for M54.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J11, A460 (Cannock) to J10a M54, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Statue planned to mark county's coracle history

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Alex Moore

The history of coracles in Shropshire could be marked with a statue if the idea's given planning permission.

Artist's impression of the statue
Ironbridge Coracle Trust

The Ironbridge Coracle Trust wants to place the six-foot steel structure in a flowerbed outside the Museum of the Gorge.

Their plans say the monument, of a coracle man carrying one of the boats, would have an "attractive, rust-like appearance".

Telford and Wrekin's planning department will make a decision at a future date.

Coracles are thought to date back to pre-Roman times and the small, round-shaped, lightweight boats were traditionally used along areas like Shropshire and the Welsh borders.

Severe accident: M42 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, from J2 for A441 Hopwood Park Services to J1 for A38 Birmingham Road.

M42 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queues on M42 southbound from J2, A441 (Hopwood Park Services) to J1, A38 (Bromsgrove), because of an accident involving a lorry and three cars.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for M50 interchange.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound at J8 M50 interchange, because of debris on the road.

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

Severe disruption: M54 Shropshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M54 Shropshire eastbound severe disruption, at J5 for A5 Rampart Way.

M54 Shropshire - One lane closed on M54 eastbound at J5, A5 (Telford Central), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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, at J4 for M42.

M6 Warwickshire - M6 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow southbound at J4, M42 (Coleshill), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire northbound severe disruption, from J14 for A34 to J15 for A500 D Road.

M6 Staffordshire - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound from J14, A34 (Stafford North) to J15, A500 (Stoke-On-Trent), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire northbound severe disruption, from J5 for A38 Droitwich to J4A for M42.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J5, A38 (Droitwich) to J4a M42, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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 J6 for A38 Tyburn Road to J5 for A452.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J6, A38 (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 Warwickshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Warwickshire northbound severe disruption, between J1 for A426 Rugby and J2 for M69.

M6 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J1, A426 (Rugby) and J2, M69 (Coventry), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Staffordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Staffordshire southbound severe disruption, from J13 for A449 to J12 for A5.

M6 Staffordshire - Two lanes closed and it's heavy on M6 southbound from J13, A449 (Stafford South) to J12, A5 (Gailey), because of a break down. In the roadworks area.

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

Severe accident: A5 Staffordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A5 Staffordshire northbound severe accident, at A453 Bonehill Road.

A5 Staffordshire - Road closed on A5 northbound at the A453 Bonehill Road junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slips.

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

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands northbound severe disruption, at J7 for A34 Birmingham Road.

M6 West Midlands - M6 entry slip road closed northbound at J7, A34 (Great Barr), because of a police investigation.

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

Severe disruption: M42 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M42 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, from J3A for M40 to J3 for A435 Alcester Road.

M42 Warwickshire - One lane closed on M42 southbound from J3a M40 to J3, A435 (Redditch), because of a break down.

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

Your photos: From blue to black skies

BBC Weather Watchers

We've had all kinds of skies today from the look of our local BBC Weather Watcher photos.

Here are three from users Shaun in Gnosall, Staffordshire; Raj's Range in Bicton, Shropshire; and Spennells Pensioner in Kidderminster, Worcestershire:

Gnosall
Shaun
Bicton
Raj's Range
Kidderminster
Spennells Pensioner