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New M5 services near Gloucester prepares for opening

Service station owners John Dunning and his daughter Sarah (back row, 2nd and 3rd from right) with local food producers. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Tree trunks from the Forest of Dean hang inside the new service station Credit: ITV News West Country

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

Colourful - and sweet - local produce available at Gloucester Services Credit: ITV News West Country

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"

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Smart motorway scheme is officially opened

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.

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Man dies and two others injured after M5 crash

The M5 Southbound between junctions 25 and 26 (Taunton) is expected to stay closed until at least 11am.

It's following a crash in which a man in his 20s died. Another two people have been taken to Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton in a life threatening condition. All were travelling in the same car.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Motorists are being advised to take alternative routes.

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