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School closures in Staffordshire

Whiston in Staffordshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The following schools will be shut in Staffordshire today due to snow and ice.

  • Ball Green Primary
  • Bentilee Nursery
  • Birches Head High
  • Discovery Academy
  • Goldenhill Primary School
  • Grange Nursery School
  • Grove Hamilton Infants
  • Hillside Primary School
  • Kingsland Nursery School
  • Kingsland Primary School
  • Maple Court Primary Academy
  • Northwood Broom Community School
  • Ormiston Horizon Academy
  • Sandon High School
  • Sandon Primary School
  • St Margaret Ward Academy
  • St Marks Primary School
  • St Peter's Primary Academy School
  • Wetley Rocks
  • Loxley Hall School
  • University Academy Kidsgrove

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School closures in Leicestershire

Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The following schools in Leicestershire will be shut today due to snow and ice.

  • Marriott Primary School
  • Ashby School
  • Castle Rock High School, Coalville
  • Forest Way (Special) School, Coalville
  • King Edward VII Science and Sport College, Coalville
  • Mercenfeld Primary School, Markfield
  • South Charnwood High School
  • Thornton Primary School
  • Warren Hills Community Primary School, Coalville

School closures in Derbyshire

A snow covered lane in Sparrowpitt, Derbyshire Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Derbyshire County Council say the following schools have shut their doors due to snow and ice.

  • Hope Primary School
  • Barlow CE Primary School
  • Anthony Gell School
  • Monyash Primary School
  • Chapel-en-le-Frith C E Primary School
  • Poolsbrook Primary School
  • Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
  • Hilltop Infant and Nursery School
  • Grindleford Primary School
  • Lady Manners School
  • Brookfield Primary School
  • Pinxton Kirkstead Junior School
  • Parkside Community Junior School
  • Alfreton Park Community Special School
  • Aldercar Community Language College
  • Chinley Primary School
  • Furness Vale Primary School
  • Ashgate Croft School
  • Croft Infant School, Alfreton
  • Highfields School, Matlock
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashboourne is closed today.

Congestion easing in West Midlands traffic hot spots

The M6 is one of the UK's busiest motroways Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

15 of the worst bottlenecks on roads in the West Midlands have been tackled over the last three years in a £55 million road improvement programme.

It includes what is often referred to as "the country’s worst traffic bottleneck", the stretch of the M5 in Birmingham heading towards its junction with the M6.

The Highways Agency says another six are due to be completed over the next three months, including junction 6 of the M42 near Birmingham Airport.

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Disruption to East Midlands Trains services this weekend

Disruption is expected on some East Midlands Trains services this weekend because of improvement work on the main line into St Pancras International.

Network Rail is improving the track and overhead lines between St Pancras and Kentish Town meaning East Midlands Trains will not be able to travel further than West Hampstead and some trains will terminate at Luton on Saturday and Sunday.

"This investment is absolutely vital to help us deliver a better service for passengers. We know that people's journeys will be disrupted but it is only by improving our infrastructure that we can deliver the safe and reliable railway that many people rely on. We would like to thank passengers in advance for bearing with us over these weekends as it will mean some changes to their travel plans."

– Justin Page, Network Rail area director
An East Midlands Train Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"This work is essential for Network Rail to undertake and we understand this will have a significant impact on our customers travelling to and from London on January 31 and February 1. If there are customers who do not need to travel on that particular weekend, we would suggest they choose an alternative day to travel where possible. We have contacted all passengers who have already booked assisted travel to explain the options available and I would like to take this opportunity to urge all of our passengers who will be travelling and cannot put off their journey, to make sure they check before they travel."

– Neil Micklethwaite, Customer Service and Commercial Director for East Midlands Trains
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