Train commuters faced a chaotic journey to work on Wednesday after a faulty train blocked the line between Walsall and New Street.
Services running through Bescot and Tame Bridge Parkway faced delays and cancellations after the defective train came to a halt between the two stations at around 7am.
Rail users were being advised to use bus services as it was unclear when the fault would be resolved.
West Midlands Railway tweeted: “Due to a fault on a train between Tame Bridge Parkway and Bescot Stadium the line is blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed.
“Road transport has been ordered to shuttle between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall and Bescot Stadium.
“We have also arranged for train tickets to be valid on some National Express bus routes.”
The station at Bescot Stadium (Image: Google grab)
The fault was affecting London Northwestern Railway services between London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Rugeley Trent Valley.
West Midlands Railway services between Shrewsbury and Birmingham New Street and Walsall and between Birmingham International and Rugeley Trent Valley.
Train users slammed the chaos, with one tweeting: “Struggled to get home from work last night and now struggling to get into work today – not good enough!”
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Another wrote: “Four hour delays yesterday. I gave up and got a taxi at 8pm. Now can’t get to work today – with no replacements being provided and no information.”
While another furious commuter added: “This is getting ridiculous! I’d like to see proof of this broken down train – or has this come from the WM Railway book of excuses!?”
The chaos came just hours after after ‘trains ran without air-con’ and dozens of rail services were cancelled in Birmingham.
Rush-hour users across the network were left fuming after ‘inhumane heat levels’ were reported on the services on Tuesday, July 23.
Multiple rush-hour trains out of the city were cancelled as a train fault – between Lichfield Trent Valley and Birmingham New Street – and signalling faults caused chaos.
Matthew Dutton said: “Inhumane levels of Non Air-conditioning on the front 170 of the 4.49pm from SGB to KID. I’d tell you the carriage number but it’s missing. #nicework.”
Aston Villa have made Egypt international winger Trezeguet their ninth summer signing in an £8.75m deal.The 24-year-old, who made four appearances and scored one goal at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations, signs from Turkish club Kasimpasa.He started his career with Egyptian side Al Ahly before moving to Anderlecht in 2015, joining Kasimpasa two years later.
“We’re really excited to work with ‘Trez’,” said Villa boss Dean Smith.”I’ve watched him a number of times. He’s the type of wide player that we have been looking for who is direct, causes problems for the opposition in the final third and scores goals.”It means that Villa have now spent almost £100m on transfers this summer, while the club are also hoping to complete the £15m signing of midfielder Douglas Luiz from Manchester City.Since winning promotion to the Premier League in May, Villa have signed defenders Ezri Konsa, 21, from Brentford for £12m; Bjorn Engels, 24, for £9m from Reims; Tyrone Mings, 26, from Bournemouth for £20m; Kortney Hause from Wolvesfor £3m and left-back Matt Targett from Southampton for £15m. Villa also spent £22m on forward Wesley from Club Brugge, £8m on winger Anwar El Ghazi from Lille and signed midfielder Jota from Birmingham in a swap deal.Smith’s side start their Premier League season away at Tottenham on 10 August.
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A town’s longstanding cricket and hockey clubs are facing an uncertain future as their home goes up for sale. The Morris Ground in Chase Park, Cannock, is going under the hammer on Wednesday as the body that runs it has gone into receivership.Sport England said the sale was the result of financial difficulties over the last five years.Both Cannock Cricket Club – formed in 1860 – and Cannock Hockey Club play home games at the site.About 1,000 people use the venue where there are also bowls and football facilities, squash courts and a gym. It is owned by the overarching Cannock Cricket & Hockey Club and it is that body, not the individual sports clubs, which has gone into receivership.The process is being managed by Duff and Phelps, which has been contacted for comment.David Robinson, chairman of Cannock Cricket Club – for which ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen once played – said there had been no access to the ground since 28 June, and it was on sale with a guide price of £295,000. The cricket club is fundraising to keep going as without a home, Mr Robinson says, it is having to pay to use other clubs’ grounds, while additionally losing money it would otherwise make from people using facilities.Mr Robinson says there are also concerns a buyer may not want to keep it as a sporting site. “The fear is… we just don’t know where we are going,” he said.”We need to see ourselves to September, then see who purchases it and see how we might be able to move forward.” Latest news from the West MidlandsChris Mayer from Cannock Hockey Club, who represented Great Britain in the 1996 Olympics, said: “It is devastating – the fact we don’t know what the future is, is very upsetting.”There has been a hockey club in Cannock for 114 years, and we don’t know if there is going to be a hockey club come September.”We are very hopeful, and we have got places lined up, but it is not the same as having your own home.”Sport England said it was “disappointed” the site was on sale. “We look forward to having a constructive dialogue to ensure that the successful bidder recognises the need to maintain and enhance the existing sports usage at the site as part of their future plans,” it said. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
A mural painted on the side of a Birmingham takeaway has got the attention of US congresswoman Ilhan Omar.And the reason – the piece of art is based on her. Street artist Mohammed ‘Aerosol’ Ali wants it to be a sign of “solidarity” with the American politician.That’s because Ilhan is one of four congresswomen of colour involved in a row with Donald Trump over his comments for them to “go home”.The retweet of his murals by Ilhan, who was born in Somalia, has helped spread Mohammed’s work to thousands of people. “Who would imagine that just a spray can on a brick wall in an inner-city part of Birmingham can have impact around the globe,” he says.”There’s been such positive responses from people of all backgrounds, all faiths, people who say, ‘I stand with Ilhan’, and can see the injustice of how a young woman has been attacked in this way.”The wall where Mohammed painted the mural sits in the heart of one of Birmingham’s large Muslim communities.”Those in hijab are perhaps seen as oppressed or not liberated. This shows that Ilhan and many others that look like her absolutely are empowered.”And by using Ilhan as “a strong image of somebody who spoke out in the face of bigotry and hatred” he hopes others will be inspired.Even though Ilhan plays a part in politics on the other side of the world, Mohammed says there’s a reason why British people can relate to her.”Ilhan’s a strong woman on the other side of an ocean who can connect with people in the streets of Birmingham, London, Manchester or any other city.”The comments she had to put up with, the hatred she has to deal with, this is something that affects each and every one of us in a way. This is a reflection of our realities as well.”He wants people who walk past the mural to see it as an “act of solidarity against a woman who had the power to confront power full on”.It’s just one of several pieces Mohammed has painted around the world.He wants all of his murals to address issues faced by multicultural communities and to “tell the story of everyday people in public spaces”.Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 weekdays – or listen back here.
A woman who underwent a double mastectomy after doctors wrongly diagnosed her with an aggressive form of cancer has said the trauma will remain with her. Sarah Boyle, 28, had chemotherapy and later needed reconstructive surgery before the mistake was noticed.She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme she had been left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00 GMT – and see more of our stories here.
A man has been banned from keeping animals for a decade after a dog was left with the “worst skin condition” an RSPCA inspector had ever seen.The charity said when it found the Staffordshire bull terrier type at the home of Daniel Tomlinson, she had lost most of her fur.Tomlinson, 49, of Oxford Street, Stoke-on-Trent, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The RSPCA said the dog – Daisy – was recovering.Tomlinson, it said, had failed over months to get veterinary treatment for the animal’s chronic skin complaint.According to the charity, its officers investigated in March having been called by police who had attended Tomlinson’s address on an unrelated matter.Latest news from the West MidlandsAt sentencing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 15 July, he was also given a 14-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.On Monday, the RSPCA revealed the extent of the condition in which Tomlinson had left the dog.Inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “It was the worst skin complaint I have seen on a dog during my six years as an RSPCA inspector.”It was obvious she was in a suffering state and had been for months.” Ms Melvin said Tomlinson claimed to have taken Daisy for veterinary treatment previously but never went back for a follow-up appointment so she was left in this “awful condition”.Daisy is now doing well in RSPCA care and will soon be ready for a new home, according to the charity.”Her fur has grown back and she looks like a different dog – she looks so happy and healthy,” said Ms Melvin. Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
Motorists are now facing travel chaos as a two mile diversion goes in place following the six week closure of the A5190 Lichfield Road.
Staffordshire County Council have closed off 350 metres of the road, until September 2, as part of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet development.
Lichfield Road, which is south of the Mill Green development, is closed between the A460 Eastern Way at the Biffa landfill roundabout and the Devon Road junction near to the Asda.
Work taking place at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock
The diversion will take drivers two miles around Mill Green along the A460 Eastern Way and A4601 Old Hednesford Road/Hednesford Road.
Hayes Way will also remain closed throughout the work at its junction with the A460.
The £160 million outlet village is set to open in 2020 and McArthurGlen has pledged £15 million to the roadworks scheme that will take place at Churchbridge and the A460.
Drainage is going to be installed at the site, as well as a new gas main fitted with an existing main being diverted.
Construction of the ‘Bicester Village of the Midlands’ began last summer after Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green back in September 2016.
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