Category Archives: Transport

CTC and Grace Academy both flooded out


Thunderstorms have caused flash flooding across the Birmingham and West Midlands area. Grace Academy in Chelmsley Wood has been closed for the day because of a serious roof leak. The CTC in Kingshurst has closed this morning because of serious flooding. It will remain closed tomorrow. Smiths Wood School also closed for the afternoon because of flooding.
The A38 Aston Expressway was closed at lunchtime because of flooding. The Met Office says that rain will clear later this afternoon. Friday’s weather will be more settled.

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Callum crossing: work starts Monday


Work starts on a new pedestrian crossing in Farnborough Road on Monday 25th June. It will be adjacent to the swimming pool and Chivenor School, near the spot where ten year-old cyclist Callum Henry was killed by a motorist last September. The work is expected to take five weeks.

Jail for Callum driver


Dale Alan O’Regan, 24, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for causing death by careless driving. CCTV footage indicated that O’Regan had been driving his blue Mazda at 57mph along Farnborough Road last September when he knocked 10 year-old Callum Henry from his bike, causing the youngster to sustain a fatal head injury.
The judge told O’Regan that he would be released after nine months and would serve the rest of the sentence on licence. O’ Regan was also banned from driving for three years.

Man dies after fall from car park


The man who fell from the upper storey of Moat Lane car park this afternoon has died in hospital from his injuries. He has yet to be identified.

Man ‘critical’ after car park fall


A man is in a critical condition after falling from the top of the Moat Street car park in Birmingham. Police had been called to the scene this morning when members of the public reported a man standing dangerously close to the edge of the building on the top floor of the car park.
He fell at around 3.35pm this afternoon, and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Roads are closed around Moat Lane and Bradford Street, and police are advising people to avoid the area where possible.

Suicide jump threat from city multi storey car park


Police have closed city centre roads after a man was reported to be dangerously close to the edge of the upper floor of Moat Lane multi-storey car park. Members of the public alerted police to the danger at around 11.30am today.
Moat Lane has been closed at the junctions with Bradford Street and traffic is being diverted along local roads.
People are advised to avoid the Bradford Street and Moat Lane areas whilst officers attempt to bring the incident to a safe conclusion. Digbeth coach station remains open to passengers, however pedestrians and traffic are being diverted at the current time

£10,000 reward for information on Water Orton cable theft


Network Rail bosses have put up a £10,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cable thefts in the Water Orton area in April and May.
Thieves stole 40 metres of cable in the Park Hill Wood area at around 12.40am on Saturday, 28 April.
Then, on Thursday 3 May thieves stole around 70m of live cable from Marsh Lane, Water Orton.
Both thefts led to severe disruption and delays to services.
Detective Chief Inspector John Pyke said: “In relation to the theft on Saturday, 28 April, I am still keen to trace the occupants of a Renault Clio. It is not the current model – we understand it is the three-door type from around 2002/03.
“It is traditional standard silver colour, with a metallic finish, black bumpers and windows which appear to be darker than standard glass. The Clio badge on the back may also have been removed and there’s no black stripe along the side of the vehicle, indicating it may have been colour-coded or removed. The vehicle’s suspension may also have been lowered, in they style favoured by so-called boy racers.
“It is described as being in really clean, pristine condition suggesting that whoever owns the Clio takes real pride in the vehicle.
“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the description of this car, or who knows its owner, to come forward and contact British Transport. Or if you are the owner, please come forward as we need to eliminate this car from our enquiry.”
Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident reference B6/WWA of 03/05/2012. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.