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Report: Birmingham facing a summer of major road closures

Delays, fines and a negative impact on business - just some of the consequences one haulage business thinks roadworks on major Midlands roads this summer could have on them.

Highways England say the repair schemes are vital to keep us moving, but some drivers have questioned why they're happening at the same time. Melissa Wright reports.

Men arrested after M6 police car chase

Police apprehended the men after chasing them on the motorway Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Two men are in custody in Staffordshire following a high speed pursuit with police officers on the M6 between Junctions 10 and 11.

The vehicle was picked up just after 10am this morning in Hockley, after automatic number plate recognition flagged the driver as being of interest to the police.

An unmarked police car then monitored the vehicle as it went up the M6 from Spaghetti Junction. The high speed pursuit began around Junction 10a, with the vehicle eventually stopped by officers around Junction 11.

Police arrested a 20-year-old of unknown address on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and a 23-year-old from Birmingham on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled drug.


A history of the spaghetti junction

The spaghetti junction was designed in 1972 to carry 75,000 vehicles a day but it currently takes three times that.

The plan back then was to link the existing sections of the M1, the M5 and the M6 - and provide a major route in and out of Birmingham. Gravelly Hill, just north of the city centre, was chosen as the site and the M6 and A38(M) or Aston Expressway were the mainstays of the new junction.

But existing local roads also had to be incorporated - resulting in 18 routes spread over 30 acres. A Birmingham newspaper journalist likened the junction to a plate of spaghetti - and the name was born. Andy Bevan looks back at the history of the spaghetti junction.

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