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Police thank motorists after M42 closure

Police have apologised to motorists and thanked them for their patience after the M42 was closed for nearly 27 hours this weekend.

They have also reassured people that the only way to resolve the situation was through 'careful negotiation and patience'.

We would like to apologise to all motorists and local people who experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident.

We would also like to thank members of the public and the local community for their continued patience, understanding and compassion.

The threat of harm to both the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M42 was so significant, there was no alternative but to close the motorway and for it to remain closed until the incident had run its course.

We strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but our number one priority is to put the safety of everyone concerned first and to protect life, even if it does take many hours.

There are many who will be asking why we could not bring this to a conclusion more quickly and they will be wondering what methods we have at our disposal. I would like to reassure them, the only realistic way of resolving this was through a great deal of careful negotiation and patience.

– Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, West Mercia Police

The man who was threatening to harm himself on the A38 bridge over the M42 carriageway was safely detained under the Mental Health Act, and is now in hospital receiving treatment.

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M42 open after man detained safely

The M42 is now open after a 26 hour closure.

Police had closed the road due to a man threatening to harm himself on a bridge over the carriageway. The man has been detained safely.

Other roads in the area that had been closed are also now open.

BREAKING: M42 to reopen after man safely detained

Police have confirmed the M42 motorway is to reopen in the next hour, following a 26 hour closure. Police say the man threatening to harm himself on a bridge has been safely detained.

M42 now closed for more than 24 hours

Roads are closed in the surrounding area as well Credit: ITV News Central

The M42 has now been closed for more than 24 hours while Police deal with a suicide threat on a bridge crossing the motorway.

The motorway is closed between the M5 and junction one at Bromsgrove. The A38 Birmingham Road is also closed in the area.

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The M42 is closed but has been cleared of queuing traffic Credit: ITV News Central
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M42 closure due to 'significant' threat of harm

Police said they had no choice but to keep part of the M42 closed as they negotiate with a man threatening to jump off a motorway bridge.

I would like to apologise to all motorists and local people who have experienced significant disruption as a result of this incident.

Clearly, we strive to resolve such matters as quickly as possible, but I would like to make it clear that the threat of harm both to the individual concerned and to vehicles driving on the M42 is so significant that there was no alternative but to close the motorway, and for it to remain closed until the incident has run its course.

– Supt Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police

M42 closed for more than 20 hours

The M42 motorway and the A38 have been closed for more than twenty hours due to a police incident.

Officers say a man threatening to harm himself is still on a bridge over the motorway.

The M42 is closed between the M5 and junction 1 at Bromsgrove.

The A38 Birmingham Road is closed northbound between Bromsgrove and the M42, and southbound between Catshill and the M42.

M42 to be closed overnight

Road users in the West Midlands have been advised that a section of the M42 is marked for overnight closure, for a three-month period, starting from 3rd November.

The Highways Agency will be closing a section of road just over 2 miles long, between junction 3a at the M40 in Warwickshire and junction 4 just south of Solihull, for road-resurfacing work.

Purnima Kaul, project sponsor for The Highways Angency, says:

This is a large project involving full-depth repair of the road surface along this busy stretch of motorway...

... It will result in some night-time disruption but we hope the improved, safer road surface will be of benefit to drivers in the long term.

The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am during the period and is set to be completed by 28th February in the new year.

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