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Fatal crash causes damage to homes

A crash which led to the death of a 27-year-old man, on Ansty Road in Coventry, caused major damage to two properties this morning.

Two properties were seriously damaged in a fatal crash on Anstey Road this morning... Credit: ITV Central

Coventry Police have arrested the driver of the other vehicle - a 25-year-old man - on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two properties were seriously damaged in a fatal crash on Anstey Road this morning... Credit: ITV Central

Location of Coventry crash

Two cars involved in crash in Coventry last night Credit: ITV News Central

Ansty Road in Coventry was closed for five hours last night after a crash in which a man was killed.

The 25-year-old local man died after a collision at the junction with Wyken Croft, close to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Police say two houses were also damaged in crash at shortly after 10 o'clock last night.

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Queensway Tunnel re-opens after crash

The Queensway Tunnel in Birmingham city centre has re-opened, after a crash earlier today (January 23rd) caused serious delays for drivers.

A lorry crashed into the roof of the tunnel shortly before 10am, on the Northbound side of the A38 tunnel, leading to queues of traffic queues long delays on the Aston Expressway.

Damage was assessed by engineers whilst the lorry was removed.

The tunnel was closed until 12.30pm this afternoon.

Roadworks to halt for Christmas in congested Leicester

A £2.7million roadworks scheme in Leicester will be suspended over Christmas, council chiefs have revealed.

The county council is carrying out work on the roundabout at Asda and Fosse Park in a bid to ease congestion in the city.

But from next Friday until January 6, daytime works will be halted to ease traffic from shoppers headed to the retail park.

It comes after a report named Leicester in its top 10 worst traffic hotspots, sparking calls from business leaders for roadworks to cease in the run-up to Christmas.

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M42 to be closed overnight

Road users in the West Midlands have been advised that a section of the M42 is marked for overnight closure, for a three-month period, starting from 3rd November.

The Highways Agency will be closing a section of road just over 2 miles long, between junction 3a at the M40 in Warwickshire and junction 4 just south of Solihull, for road-resurfacing work.

Purnima Kaul, project sponsor for The Highways Angency, says:

This is a large project involving full-depth repair of the road surface along this busy stretch of motorway...

... It will result in some night-time disruption but we hope the improved, safer road surface will be of benefit to drivers in the long term.

The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am during the period and is set to be completed by 28th February in the new year.

Business leader: 'Leicester roadworks must stop'

by Wesley Smith

On the day Leicester is named in the top 100 worldwide traffic jam hotspots, the Chamber of Commerce Leader has told ITV News Central that roadworks must cease in the run-up to Christmas.

Max Bowden says he fears the city will become a no-go zone if roadworks go on too long. In the long term he says he would also like to work with local schools to try to stagger start times to ease traffic congestion.

Leicester is in the top 10 of the UK's most congested cities Credit: ITV News Central

Martin Fletcher from Leicester City Council acknowledged getting around some parts of the city centre is a real challenge at the moment, but was keen to point out that roadworks will be suspended during the day in most places from December 1 to cope with the Christmas rush.

ITV News Central also spoke to a number of motorists, particularly bus drivers, who were frustrated by the time it was taking to cross the city.

Traffic delays cost Leicester drivers 78 hours per year Credit: ITV News Central

The survey, by a sat nav company, said Leicester was number eight in the worst bottlenecks in the UK, but the council says too few towns and cities were monitored in the report.

They say the works need to happen to make the city more accessible in future and are also urging motorists to use the three Park & Ride services more. It costs £3.50 for a whole group travelling in one car to use the buses.

Traffic delays cost Leicester drivers 78 hours per year

Congestion on Leicester roads causes commuters in the city to experience 78 hours of delays per year based on a 30 minute journey each day, a new report has said.

Traffic at a standstill in Leicester, ranked the eighth most congested city in the UK Credit: ITV News Central

Research by satellite navigation company TomTom examined congestion in UK cities over a one year period and looked at the amount of time traffic delays would amount to based on a 30 minute journey to work each day.

The results also revealed that drivers in the city lose 31 minutes from every hour they travel during peak times in the morning and evening. While the worst periods of the week to travel are Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.

Drivers in Nottingham experience around 73 hours of standstills per year, according to the report, with those in Birmingham seeing 67 hours of traffic.

Cities with the most traffic: Top 15

Cities across the Midlands have been named amongst the most congested in the country in a new report by satellite navigation company TomTom.

Leicester was revealed as the UK's eighth most congested city, with traffic congestion levels increasing in the past year. Other cities in the Midlands also featured in the top 15, and Nottingham was ranked at the top of the list for cities seeing the biggest decrease in traffic – with a 6% drop.

  • Belfast
  • Bristol
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Leeds-Bradford
  • Manchester
  • Leicester
  • Sheffield
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle-Sunderland
  • Birmingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton
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