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Speed limits to be reduced to 20mph across some roads in Birmingham

Reduced speed limits of 20mph are to be introduced on roads across Birmingham.

The '20 is plenty' pilot scheme will be rolled out across parts of the centre, east and south of the city.

This pilot 20mph speed limit scheme is great news for Birmingham - especially if you want to walk or cycle. We know from similar schemes elsewhere in the country that reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph can significantly increase the numbers of walkers and cyclists and that can only be a good thing."

– Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips

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.

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.

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