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New pub for M40 service station

The JD Wetherspoon pub will be open for 21 hours a day at the M40 service station. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new £1 million pub will open at a motorway service station today, creating 120 jobs.

The JD Wetherspoon pub will be open for 21 hours a day, seven days a week, in the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

The RAC said a survey of 2,000 people showed that only 12% supported putting pubs into motorway service stations.

Head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "The public appear to be very much against the introduction of motorway pubs.

"We appreciate the vast majority of motorists drive responsibly and that alcohol is already available in shops at motorway services, but for many this decision seems to be at odds with common sense. In our view this is a risky and frankly unnecessary move."

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Police statement on M40 incident

Thames Valley Police have arrested a man after it is alleged a car was driven the wrong way down the M40 southbound between High Wycombe and Stokenchurch. The motorway is now flowing freely.

At 7:38 this morning we received reports from members of the public that a man was driving at speed the wrong way down the M40 southbound. The driver of a Mazda 6 motorcar was driving at upwards of 70 mph in the 3rd lane of the motorway. As a result of his driving he collided with 6 vehicles including a people carrier, a Mercedes and Vauxhall Astra. No one was injured as a result of these collisions.

– Thames Valley Police Spokesperson

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Man drives wrong way down motorway - eyewitnesses

Eyewitnesses have told ITV that a man drove his car at speed the wrong way down the M40, leaving a series of accidents in his wake.

The car, thought to be a Jaguar, was driven the wrong way between Junction 5 (Stokenchurch) and Junction 4 (Wycombe) this morning.

One eyewitness, Hans Cooper, said he believed the car was travelling at well over 100mph.

Commuters 'stuck for two hours'

Twitter users have reported seeing two air ambulances landing at the scene of the accident on the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

Others say that they have been sitting in stationary traffic for between 90 minutes and two hours.

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