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Trolleys and toilets found dumped on roads in Midlands

Trolleys are among items found on roads maintained by the Highways Agency Credit: Richard Sellers

The Highways Agency collects 7,500 tonnes of litter from motorways in Britain each year at a cost of £6m.

In the past year, in the Midlands region the following items have been found:

  • shopping trolleys

  • furniture

  • balloons

  • a complete windscreen

  • a crate of fizzy drinks

  • ladders

  • portable toilet

The Highways Agency say all of these items could have caused accidents.

They are encouraging motorists to think about how they dispose of litter on the road.

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Major roadworks due to finish in Kegworth

A6 Derby road in Kegworth is due to reopen today Credit: Google Street View

A major route through Kegworth is due to reopen this morning after it was closed on Boxing Day because of a burst water main.

The A6 Derby Road was shut when a three foot water pipe broke. Thousands of homes in the Loughborough area were left without water.

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A50 to be improved as part of £25billion investment

Plans to improve traffic in the Midlands will be announced today by the government as part of a £25billion national infrastructure investment.

The funds will go towards making the A50 in Staffordshire safer, and cut traffic back-log around Uttoxeter.

The Government says work on the road will start no later than 2016. and the funding will come from the insurance industry.

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Alexander: £25bn investment a 'vote of confidence'

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said the £25 billion investment from insurance companies into British infrastructure projects was a "massive vote of confidence".

Speaking at the construction site of National Grid's London Power Tunnels, Mr Alexander said the investment was "more evidence we are rebuilding Britain."

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Campaign for more safety measures on Lincolnshire's roads

Drivers campaigning to make the A18 in Lincolnshire a safer road say the local council isn't doing enough to protect them. Their calls for more action come as a new report highlights the area as having some of the most hazardous 'A' roads in the country.

According to a report by the Road Safety Foundation, Lincolnshire is one of the most dangerous places to drive, while Yorkshire has the riskiest dual carriageways. An urgent review is now being sought. Fiona Dwyer reports.

East Midlands has most dangerous roads

People in the East Midlands are at the highest risk of dying or being seriously injured on the region’s motorways and A-roads, a new study has found.

The survey, by the Road Safety Foundation, has identified the A5012 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, as the road with the highest risk.

The high risk A5012 in Ashbourne is shown in black on this map Credit: Road Safety Foundation

The research looked at British motorways and A-roads outside major urban areas. These roads make up 11% of the road network but 51% of road deaths occur on these routes.

It also showed that running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths on these roads and that junction crashes are the most common accidents leading to serious injury.

While 9% of motorways are rated in the "'low risk" category, 97% of single carriageway A-roads are not. The overall risk of death and serious injury on motorways and A-roads was lowest in the West Midlands and highest in the East Midlands, the poll revealed.

Road Safety Foundation director Dr Steve Lawson said: "Most recent improvement in road safety has come from car design and safer driving. The specification that authorities currently set road managers is to reduce crash rates in general."

"That approach is too weak and must be replaced, because it muddles factors over which road managers have no control - such as car safety, hospital care and traffic levels - with factors very definitely under their control such as roadside safety barriers or junction layouts."

Read: See the Road Safety Foundation's full report and view the map here

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