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One of the world’s most famous road interchanges - Spaghetti Junction - turns 50 and tributes have been paid to the iconic highways landmark. It’s 50 years since the distinctive junction, which is officially called Gravelly Hill Interchange, first opened to traffic.

The junction carries more than 200,000 vehicles each day and forms part of the M6 travelling through the West Midlands.

Birmingham City University’s Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity is carrying out new research to provide evidence aimed at lobbying the UK Government to introduce tax breaks that will encourage film and TV companies to put diversity at the centre of new productions.

Sir Lenny - broadcaster, activist, author, and Chancellor of Birmingham City University - announced the news with guests at an event marking the second anniversary of the Centre.

A city councillor who worked tirelessly to create Wolverhampton’s historic Saragarhi Monument has been announced as one of the community Batonbearers for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay.

Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, cabinet member for city assets and housing at City of Wolverhampton Council and ward member for Wednesfield South, was nominated for his work in the city.

The Midlands’ newest and longest railway bridge is now fully functional after carrying its first freight train. Tracks reopened on the Stechford to Aston freight line in Birmingham following the installation of a massive 2,600-tonne bridge built by Network Rail in partnership with HS2.

At 92 metres long, the steel and concrete structure becomes the longest single span railway bridge in the Midlands.