Britain's newest motorway service station opens next Wednesday. Gloucester Services on the M5 is working in partnership with a local charity, The Gateway Trust, which will receive some of the profits. It's already employed 150 local people.
Today, the £40 million service station previewed some of the 130 local food producers who will be selling their wares. There will be a butcher's shop as well as artisan produced bread and smoked salmo
Sarah Dunning, CEO of Gloucester Services, said: "Working with the Gloucester Gateway Trust is not just a charitable donation, it's an investment in the local community. I believe stronger communities make for better business"
The region's first so-called smart motorway scheme has been officially opened this lunchtime allowing people to use the hard shoulder at peak times.
The roads minister, Robert Goodwill, unveiled the system on the M4 and M5 at the Almondsbury interchange. It uses various technologies to ease traffic flow. with overhead signs informing motorists when they can drive in the extra lane and what speed to travel.
Paul Unwin from the Highways Agency explains how the system works.
There is queueing traffic and three lanes are closed due to an accident on M5 Northbound between J20 B3133 (Clevedon) and J19 A369 (Portishead).Three out of the four lanes are closed on the Split Level section.