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Top 10 city Birmingham 'can offer even more'

Visit Birmingham say the city can 'offer even more' to visitors next year.

Birmingham has been announced as one of the top 10 cities in the world by a travel publisher.

Birmingham’s inclusion in Rough Guides’ acclaimed shortlist is testament to the city’s increasing appeal as one of the most attractive places in the world to visit.

The city’s global reputation continues to grow. As well as welcoming a record 34m people last year, Birmingham also attracted a 32% rise in international visitors - a greater increase than anywhere else in the UK.

With a spectacular 2015 in store thanks to a number of exciting new developments and events, we look forward to offering even more to our visitors next year than ever before.

– Emma Gray, Visit Birmingham

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Two double decker buses and a car involved in a crash in Northampton

Two double decker buses and a car have been involved in a collision in Northampton.

Police were called to Barrack Road just before 13:00 today.

Two people have been treated at the scene for minor injuries and a Northamptonshire Police spokesman has confirmed no one else was hurt.

The buses have both been damaged and a lamppost has been knocked down into the road.

Barrack Road is currently closed one way around the area of the crash.

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Advice from Network Rail about New Street congestion

Crowd control measures at Birmingham New Street in 2013 Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail is issuing the following advice to people using Birmingham New Street station this weekend, as it expects a surge in numbers of people visiting the city by train.

  • Allow more time to catch your train – it is likely you will have to queue at peak times from Friday afternoon through the weekend.
  • The station will be busy. Be prepared for large crowds using the station.
  • There will be crowd safety measures in place. These are tried and tested and there for passengers safety.
  • Last Saturday an additional 100,000 people used the station compared to an average Saturday (230,000 compared to 130,000)

Crowd control measures in force at New Street station

Crowd control measures at Birmingham New Street in 2013 Credit: Network Rail

Crowd control measures will be in force at Birmingham New Street Station again this weekend, after 100,000 more people than usual passed through the station last Saturday.

People reacted on social media last week that the concourse was overcrowded, and one person complained his 5 year old son had been injured.

230,000 people used the station last Saturday - 100,000 more than usual Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail said however they had received no formal complaints, and insisted the measures put in place were completely safe.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Black Friday shopping weekend were two of the reasons cited for it being unusually busy last weekend.

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