BIRMINGHAM: Trains to Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield were cancelled and traffic on the A38 was HALTED when an unexploded bomb was found. Nearby homes and businesses were evacuated. The incident, which was ongoing today, was sparked when a World War Two bomb was discovered at Witton, close to Erdington and Aston Villa.
Rail passengers were being advised to use alternative routes as West Midlands Police and British Transport Police responded to the emergency. Chaos was being caused on the road network, on the M6 and surrounding roads. The A38(M) was completely closed.
— Boldmere Road (@BoldmereRoad) May 15, 2017
THE main railway line from Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield and Lichfield will not reopen today due to an unexploded bomb incident.
The railway line from Birmingham New Street to Lichfield Trent Valley will be closed for the rest of Monday (May 15) due to an unexploded World War II bomb in Aston.
London Midland is advising passengers to use alternative transport to complete their journeys. London Midland rail tickets are being accepted on local National Express West Midlands bus routes.
Cross Country is accepting London Midland tickets between Nuneaton and Birmingham New Street and Tamworth and Birmingham New Street in both directions until further notice. West Midlands Police has said an area of Aston has been cordoned off after the unexploded device was found during construction work in Priory Road.
Officers were called around 9.45am following the discovery; after consultation a 500m perimeter has been put in place as a precaution. This has meant that a number of businesses and houses in the area have been evacuated as a precaution and the A38 Aston Expressway has been closed in both directions.
Highways England said all entry and exit slip roads at J6 of the M6 – Aston Expressway, A38M, Spaghetti Junction – heading into and out of Birmingham centre are closed due to the incident. This includes all roads leading to andfrom Salford Circus. The A38(M) Aston Expressway is also closed in both directions between the A4540, Dartmouth Circus, and the M6 J6 due to this incident. There are also a number of local road closures in the area.
Road users intending on travelling in the area are strongly urged to consider alternative routes if possible and to allow additional time for their journey. London Midland said: “London Midland is reminding passengers that, regardless of the cause, any journey delayed by 30 minutes or more qualifies for compensation.
If you’re wondering why the Aston Expressway is shut and it’s busy in the Aston area, this is the reason – a 250kg WW2 unexploded bomb. pic.twitter.com/pctyZgJW3c
— WMAS (@OFFICIALWMAS) May 15, 2017