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Pictures show daily congestion nightmare for Leicester

Roadworks in Leicester city centre are adding to the traffic headache for motorists, as a report puts the city eighth most congested in the UK.

Pictures taken by ITV News Central at the junction of Oxford St, Newarke St, and Vaughan Way today show the daily battle with congestion drivers face in the city.

Congestion in Leicester today Credit: ITV News Central

Travel times in Leicester increase by 50pc in rush hour

Leicester has been named in the Top 10 most congested cities in the UK, with journey times increased by almost a quarter due to traffic jams, according to a new report.

This goes up to more than a 50 per cent increase in journey times during both morning and evening rush hour.

The research was carried out by sat nab firm TomTom, which measured congestion in terms of the percentage increase to journey times caused by heavy traffic.

  • Average increase: 22 per cent
  • Morning rush increase: 53 per cent
  • Evening rush increase: 51 per cent
  • Congestion on highways: 11 per cent
  • Congestion on non-highway roads: 33 per cent

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Leicester named eighth most congested city in UK

Leicester has been named in the top ten for the UK's most congested cities, according to a new report.

Cars come to a halt in a traffic jam Credit: Andy Butterton/PA Wire

The report, by a satellite navigation company, shows that Leicester is the UK's eighth most congested city, with traffic congestion levels increasing in the past year.

In Nottingham, levels of congestion are said to have improved over the last 12 months.

Junction 21 and 22 of the M1 motorway near Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Birmingham Carnival road closures

Residents in Handsworth and carnival attendees are being warned of road closures during the carnival which takes place tomorrow Sunday 4th August.

30,000 people are expected at the carnival with thousands lining the streets to cheer on the procession of steel bands, floats and carnival troupes as they weave through Handsworth from Holyhead Road to Handsworth Park

• An exclusion zone will be implemented on the day containing roads bordering Rookery Road, Oxhill Road/Church Lane, Hamstead Road, Villa Road, Soho Road from 9am and 11am until 8.30pm with Soho Road only being closed while the procession passes along to Handsworth Park.

• All households within the exclusion zone have been provided with letters containing two red vehicle passes to gain entry to their roads.

• Residents and businesses along Grove Lane between Albert Road and Herbert Road have been issued with a special blue pass to park on Hinstock Road.

• Limited public parking will be available (weather dependent) in Handsworth Park via Hamstead Road.

• Disabled car parking for blue badge holders will be via Hinstock Road.

Bomber flypast and medal presentation in Shropshire

Lancaster Bomber Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster will be taking to the skies over Shropshire today in honour of thousands of National Service RAF veterans.

The aircraft will perform for visitors and guests at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and Artic Star medals and the Bomber Command Clasp will be presented to eligible veterans.

Traffic is Midlanders' biggest niggle

M6 motorway Credit: PA

Being stuck in traffic ranks as the biggest day-to-day niggle among people living in the Midlands, a survey has revealed.

A survey of 1,000 people commissioned by Kenco Millicano found that 17 per cent of those from the Midlands rated traffic congestion as their top niggle, while spam messages came a close second with 11 per cent of the vote.

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Eighty-one hours a year spent in traffic

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If your commute is 30 minutes each way in Nottingham, then you're averagely spending 81 additional hours a year stuck in traffic, a new survey finds.

Birmingham didn't do much better, with city centre commuters spending 71 hours sat in congestion.

In rush hour, motorists in both Nottingham and Birmingham can double their driving time to work, with each 30 minute journey adding between 27 and 33 minutes to their commute.

The survey on city congestion has been conducted by satnav maker TomTom. Both Midlands cities featured on its Europe Congestion Index, which lists the top 59 most congested areas on the continent.

Nottingham and Birmingham placed on Europe's most congested list

Nottingham and Birmingham have been listed on TomTom's Europe Congestion Index, which shows the 59 worst cities for traffic across the continent.

Nottingham fared worse than Manchester, placed at 24. Birmingham is 32 on the list, higher than Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow.

The two cities were the only Midlands areas on the list.

5 most unusual things ever sold on Ebay

The M6 motorway has appeared on the online auction site Ebay.

Here is a list of the most unusual things which have appeared on the site, according to Ebay.

  • Britney Spears' hair. After the singer had her hair cut off, the salon put the cuttings online. But site policy meant they had to be removed.
  • Hornet fighter jet. It had been bought from a scrapyard and the owner offered to have it restored for a 'buy it now price' of $9,000,00.

  • New Zealand. Someone in Australia tried to sell the country back in 2006.

  • Hollywood sign. It went for $450,400 back in 2005.

  • Group of four Australian men. Four men sold themselves on the site, guaranteeing a weekend of 'fun, laughs and beer'. They sold for $1,300.

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