All bin collections in Birmingham have been suspended tomorrow because of the heavy snowfall. The City Council said they are taking the step over safety concerns.
"The current conditions mean it is extremely difficult for citizens to handle their bins and put them out for collection. It would also mean asking our crews to operate large collection vehicles in treacherous conditions.
Due to these factors, our decision is clearly one taken in the interests of public and staff safety.
Plans to catch up this missed work are currently being developed and will be communicated via the council’s usual channels as soon as possible.
We appreciate the inconvenience this will cause and would ask for your patience during this challenging time.”
Bin workers in Birmingham only agreed at the end of last month to officially end their ongoing strike since June, after accepting a deal from the City Council. Some households still awaiting a full rubbish collection from their backlog may now be waiting a while longer.
East Midlands Airport teams say their runway is now open again, after bad snowfall caused disruption earlier.
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Snow continues to fall across England & Wales with much of the East & West Midlands covered in a blankety of snow.
While it has brought travel misery for some with buses, trains and planes all affected, and motorways sluggish in the slush, some people have been out braving the freezing temperatures to capture the beauty of this weather event.
ITV Central's drone cameraman Pat Fenelon was one of them, and took some shots high above a neighbourhood in Sutton Coldfield.
Heavy snow has caused widespread disruption across many roads and runways across the Midlands. Both road and air travel have been affected by the heavy snow.
Across the region the following roads have been affected:
- M1 northbound between junction 16 and junction 17 in Northamptonshire due to "numerous breakdowns/collisions
- A5 in Shropshire was closed into both directions due to "severe weather and road conditions in the area"
- M40 outside Warwick was closed due to a multiple-vehicle collision
- between junction 15 and Junction 16
- A458 in Shropshire was closed in both directions between the A5 near Shrewsbury and the Welsh border while police deal with a serious collision
- Rose Hill, Lickey Hills in Worcestershire is also affected
Birmingham Airport is now resuming flights after earlier snow disruption - but teams there are warning of a backlog of routes.
Teams at East Midlands Airport say the runway has been temporarily closed until at least 4pm today, when they will carry out another inspection.
Some outbound and inbound flights have been delayed and they've confirmed that all Aurigny and Flybe flights have been cancelled. Five flights have left the Castle Donington base today, the last one being the 7:43am to Fuerteventura.
Any passengers are being urged to check with airlines before making their way to the airport.
"We thank passengers for their patience and apologise to all those affected for the inconvenience this is causing. We are working hard to ensure that flights can resume as soon as possible".
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Bus operator National Express West Midlands has tweeted it's suspended all of its bus services because of the heavy snowfall.
It says severe road conditions have forced buses to stop running until further notice.
The snow has kept on falling overnight into Saturday morning and you've been braving the cold to capture the beautiful scenes!Read the full story ›
Derbyshire Council has issued a notice to drivers to take extra care in snow-hit parts of the region this morning.
This was the scene on the A537 Cat & Fiddle a few moments ago, the efforts of plough teams have made it passable, for now.