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Council: Tunnel closures has 'been a challenge'

The A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels in Birmingham have reopened after being shut for six weeks for refurbishments.

The cones were removed earlier this morning and the tunnels are now back in business.

Overnight closures will remain in place for the rest of the month.

Kevin Hicks, Birmingham City Council, has thanked the public for their cooperation.

READ: Birmingham Tunnels reopen after six week closure

Gok Wan won't be "Doctor Gok"

Fashion stylist Gok Wan will attend a ceremony in Birmingham today where he will be awarded an honorary doctorate in fashion by Birmingham City University.

Gok, originally from Leicester, shot to fame as a TV stylist in 2006 with his TV series How to Look Good Naked.

He broke the news of his award to his followers on twitter last week and confirmed his attendance at the ceremony, but said he wouldn't become Dr Gok.


Excited to tell you- I've been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham Uni. Time to write my acceptance speech!


It appears I'll have letters after my name! Gok Wan - HonD Don't think I'll go for Dr Gok… I'll sound like a baddy from Star Wars


Thanks Guys… I am attending my graduation on Monday… Momma, Poppa and Sister Wan will be there… kinda nervous! #gokinagown


Leicester's Gok Wan awarded doctorate in Fashion

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Gok Wan arriving for The Asian Awards in London. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

TV presenter and fashion stylist Gok Wan, from Leicester, will be awarded an honorary doctrate in fashion by Birmingham City University today.

He will attend a ceremony at the Symphony Hall to receive the award alongside graduates from the School of Fashion.

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Birmingham Tunnels: What's changed?

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A38 tunnels will reopen this morning in Birmingham after six weeks Credit: ITV News Central

Over the course of the last six weeks the A38 St Chad's and Queensway tunnels have been closed for maintenance in Birmingham City Centre. But what's changed? Here's the full list of what work has been completed.

  • 25 jet fans connected to an air quality monitoring system installed.
  • 27 PA speakers have been installed.
  • 21 CCTV cameras installed.
  • 32 vehicle detection cameras installed.
  • 48 emergency phones have been installed.
  • 4 digital variable message signs put in to place.
  • Over 160 emergency way-finder signs installed.
  • 7 controlled evacuation doors added.
  • Over 40 miles of electrical cabling installed to run new systems.

The tunnels reopened this morning, though overnight closures will still be in force for the rest of the month.

Birmingham tunnels reopen this morning

Birmingham's A38 tunnels reopened shortly after 3am this morning after six weeks of work to improve them.

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A38 tunnels have been closed for maintenance for six weeks. Credit: Birmingham City Council

Overnight closures from 10pm to 6am will remain in place for the St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels for the remainder of the month while tests are carried out on the work completed.

Midlands Paralympians say there's been 'a big rise' in interest in Paralympic sports after London 2012

The square outside the new library in Birmingham was turned into a place where members of the public could try out several Paralympic sports today, and it saw big interest as two local Paralympians were on hand to share some tips and talk about their experiences.

Dan Greaves from Leicestershire said his local club has seen a big jump in the number of people wanting to get involved with his sport - the discus.

Mickey Bushell from Shrewsbury was there to help those trying out his sport - the wheelchair sprint - and also spoke of his pride in the amount of young people taking up Paralympic sport.

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