Traffic bulletin: Motorists advised of M42 closure between junctions 3 and 2 southbound due to incident in Warwickshire

Published date: 31 March 2014
Type:Press release
Region: West Midlands

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 31 March 2014

Motorists are being advised of a closure on the M42 between junctions 3 and 2 southbound due to an ongoing incident.

A multi vehicle traffic collision happened shortly after 12:30 this morning and the road was blocked as emergency services attended the incident. An hour later, a second incident involving two heavy goods vehicles happened on the same stretch. One of the vehicles overturned, leading to a total closure of the M42 between the two southbound junctions. The overturned HGV shed its load of kitchen debris across the carriageway which requires clearing up by hand.

James Hawkes, duty operations manager for the West Midlands, said:

“Although the primary incident cleared at 4 o’clock this morning, the secondary incident is expected to run into the morning rush hour and cause some delays.

“Diversions are in place and motorists are being directed to the M42 at junction 3 southbound onto the A435 and A4023.

“At the A4023 and A435 interchange traffic is then being diverted to the A4023 westbound towards the A441. At the junction of the A441 drivers can then take the road northbound to join the M42 at junction 2.

“Due to the complexity of the clear-up, the incident is expected to continue for several hours.

“Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency and we are working with the police to have the road reopened as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Motorists are advised to plan their journeys, leaving extra time, as delays are likely.”

Notes to Editors:

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