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BTP holding preventable railway suicide conference

British Transport Police, along with Samaritan volunteers, are holding a conference in Coventry today to talk about what more can be done to reduce the number of preventable suicides on railways.

A stock photo of a train Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Official figures show there have already been 279 suicides or suspected suicides on the rail network this year.

Network Rail is undertaking a series of trials, including installing calming blue lights on platforms. Sensors will also be added near the platform edges which will be triggered when someone gets too close.



The A50 eastbound is closed after a person was hit by a lorry between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout, Uttoxeter) and J7 A515 / Derby Road (Sudbury).

There is congestion on A50 to B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef Roundabout) affecting traffic heading from Stoke towards Derby.

Diversions have been in place since 4am and are expected to remain for the majority of this morning.

All eastbound traffic is advised to follow the solid diamond symbol, following the A518 south. Continue east through Marchington (B5017), then follow the A515 north to re-join the A50 near Sudbury.

PICTURES: Traffic chaos after flooding in Perry Barr

The A34 underpass near Perry Barr has been closed after several inches of flood water made it impassable causing traffic chaos.

Perry Barr underpass flooded Credit: BPM Media
Traffic chaos caused by flooding Credit: BPM Media
Underpass closed due to flooding Credit: BPM Media

Drivers faced delays of more than an hour as traffic came to a standstill during the morning rush-hour. many buses were also diverted.

Many surrounding routes were also jammed as motorists attempted to locate other routes into the city causing gridlock in the Perry Barr, Aston and Birchfield areas near the One Stop shopping centre.


Who will fall foul of the £100 parking penalty?

Bad parking at railway and Midland Metro stations will, from today, be punished with a fine of up to £100.

The fine will be issued to anyone found doing the following:

  • Not in a marked bay
  • On double yellow lines
  • Parked in such a way as to obstruct emergency services, other users or create a hazard
  • Parked in a designated disabled parking bay without properly displaying a valid Blue Badge permit
  • Using the car park for purposes other than Park and Ride
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