The iconic Spaghetti Junction, which celebrates 40 years today

Spaghetti Junction: Forty years

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Spaghetti Junction, designed to link major motorways, with the heart of Birmingham.

The underbelly of Birmingham's Gravelly Hill Interchange, nicknamed 'Spaghetti Junction'.

Spaghetti Junction art

Art lovers are being told 'lie back and think of Brum' in an exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Spaghetti Junction.

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Highways Agency warns drivers of busy roads

Drivers are warned about traffic jams as roadworks are still in place over the bank holiday Credit: David Jones/PA

The Highways Agency is warning of increased traffic on the roads because of the bank holiday weekend.

It says people should leave extra time for journeys if they are travelling today and that, unlike during the Easter bank holiday weekend, the majority of roadworks will still be in place.

Breaking: car travelling wrong way down M6 motorway

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#M6 #Warwickshire J4-J3A please take care there is a car travelling the wrong way down the motoroway. Police en-route.

Drivers are being warned to take care as a car is travelling the wrong way down the M6 motorway in Warwickshire.

The Highways Agency have said that police are currently on their way.

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'Screaming' traffic cone launched to cut roadworker deaths

Sign advising motorists to be careful when passing. Credit: PA

An 'intelligent' road cone which screams when hit by a vehicle will help save lives, claims the Highways Agency.

In the last three years, eight roadworkers have been killed by motorists while undertaking maintenance work on motorways and major A roads.

The cone works by 'screaming' when it's hit by a passing vehicle, which often happens at high speed.

This week the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the road network in England, is campaigning for drivers to take extra care and obey speed limits through roadworks.

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Plan your journeys before setting out, warns Highways Agency

Wet and miserable conditions on the M6 this morning Credit: Leigh Geary

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling, as heavy rain is expected throughout the region today.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson at the Highways Agency said:

“I advise drivers to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

“Rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it's raining.

"It’s also important to remember that surface water may affect motorways and major A roads where heavy rainfall occurs.”

Highways Agency clearing 90% of roadworks for Jubilee

The Highways Agency say it's lifting or completing almost 90 percent of its roadworks for the Jubilee bank holiday to keep traffic moving.

Around 275 miles of works will be completed before the double bank holiday and a further 43 miles will be lifted between Friday 1 June and Wednesday 6 June, providing extra lane space for holiday traffic.

Some locations in the Midlands include the A46 near Stratford Upon Avon and A42 at Ashby de la Zouch.

For full details and a map go to the Highways Agency map.

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