M42 traffic: Lanes closed due to accident, Solihull junctions shut, diversion route, queue length

Traffic is queuing following a collision on the M42

Motorists are facing severe delays on a motorway after a collision.

Three lanes are closed and there is traffic queuing for around three miles.

Drivers are being urged to “allow extra time if travelling in the area”.

It comes as fans continue to head to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games this weekend.

Here is all you need to know:

Which junctions are affected?

Three lanes are closed between Junction J3A and Junction J4.

It is near Hockley Heath, which is within the borough of Solihull.

What has caused the closure?

National Highways has said that there is a collision which is causing the delays.

What has National Highways said?

National Highways - West Midlands tweeted: “#M42 northbound between J3A and J4 near #HockleyHeath. 3 lanes (of 4) are closed due to a collision. Delays starting to build - approx. 3 miles of congestion, back to the #M40 J16 #Lapworth.”

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How long are the delays?

AA Traffic Map is showing severe delays on the M42 in and around Hockley Heath this afternoon.

Is there a diversion route in place?

An official diversion route is not currently in place on the M42.