GOOD afternoon. We are here to provide any information on incidents that might crop up throughout the rush hour period this evening on our Black Country and North Worcestershire roads.

So far the roads across the area are quite busy, especially in the usual heavy traffic places.

Traffic is returning to normal on M5 southbound at J3 A456 (Halesowen / Birmingham) after an earlier broken down vehicle. Lane one (of three) was closed just prior to the exit slip road The lorry has had a tyre changed and has left the scene. Traffic officers have removed the cones and left the scene with all restrictions lifted around

M5 approach to and through the roadworks northbound is busy but moving for J2 A4123 (Oldbury) coming from Frankley services. Travel time is 27 minutes.

In Bromsgrove there is slow traffic on A448 The Strand both ways between Church Street and B4091 Stourbridge Road, while traffic is also slow on M42 Northbound between J3 A435 Alcester Road (Portway / Redditch) and J5 A41 (Solihull / Knowle).

There is slow traffic in Kidderminster on A456 Park Butts Ringway Eastbound between Crestwood Avenue and A442 Proud Cross Ringway, as well as on the A449 both ways between Spennells Valley Road and A451 Stourbridge Road (Rose Theatre Mini Roundabout).

There are also delays of up to 15 minutes on West Midlands Railway Eastbound between Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham Snow Hill due to a signalling problem.

Planned roadworks are also causing delays across the region, and these include:

One lane closed and speed restriction of 30 mph due to contraflow and major roadworks on M5 both ways between J1 A41 Birmingham Road (West Bromwich / Birmingham) and J2 A4123 (Oldbury / Birmingham). Expect delays.

Works on the Oldbury Viaduct means that all traffic is sharing one side of the road as a contraflow.

One lane closed due to roadworks on M5 link road Southbound from M6. The M5 link road South coming off the M6 is down to one lane as part of the viaduct work.

A lane is closed due to traffic management for the M5 Oldbury Viaduct roadworks on M5 Northbound at J4A M42. Linked to the major roadworks further up at the Oldbury Viaduct between J2 and J1.

There is a speed restriction of 30 mph due to roadworks in Bromsgrove on A38 Worcester Road westbound between Austin Road and B4091, while there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on A448 Comberton Road near Kidderminster Train Station.

Tessall Lane in Longbridge is closed due to roadworks at Longbridge Lane. The stretch between the bridge over the River Rea by the Austin Social Club entrance to the junction with Longbridge Lane will be closed permanently to motorised vehicles.

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