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Plans unveiled for new motorway service area on M42

300 permanent new jobs could be created if a proposed new motorway service area on the M42 is built, according to the Extra Motorway Service Area Group.

Plans for the £65 million investment near Solihull have been unveiled.

It would be located to the west of the M42 and south of Solihull Road, near to Birmingham Airport.

If planning permission is granted, work could begin in early 2016.

Police urge motorists to avoid M42 near J1 as both directions closed

A viewer picture of the stationary traffic on the M42 Credit: Twitter/@garyptaylor

Police are urging motorists to avoid the M42 near junction 1 where it meets the M5, as both directions are closed.

Traffic is stationary on both sides of the carriageway, back to junction 2 on the southbound side, and on to the M5 in the other direction.

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Six vehicles involved in crash on M42

Six vehicles have been involved in a collision on the M42 at around 7am this morning, northbound between junctions 3a and 3.

A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

“Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving six vehicles. Three patients were treated from separate vehicles... The man, believed to be in his forties, was treated for a wrist injury...

... A woman in her forties was treated for neck and back pain. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board. Both patients were conveyed to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch... A third patient was assessed by ambulance crews at the scene before being released.”

Charity 'saddened' by response over social media

Parts of the Midlands' motorway network and a major A-road in Worcestershire were closed for nearly 27 hours this weekend, as a man threatened to harm himself on a bridge over the M42.

Many motorists took to social media to vent their frustrations at the delays.

This has led to criticism from mental health charities, who've called some of the tweets 'inappropriate'.

Helen Wadley, the Chief Executive of the Birmingham branch of mental health charity MIND said:

I'm saddened that people in response to such a distressing incident actually could put that level of anger and frustration.

The man was obviously experiencing a high amount of distress.

She added:

I think sometimes people just don't think about what they say, it's sort of an instant reaction that they are frustrated and then they vent their frustrations out without thinking about it.

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