A SERIOUS accident has closed the A417 in both directions near Birdlip.

The accident, which is believed to have happened at around 4am this morning, happened between the brockworth A46 junction and Birdlip roundabout.

This stretch of road is otherwise known as Crickley Hill.

Earlier this morning police confirmed that the road closure would remain in place for the 'foreseeable future'.

Police officers are currently investigating the scene of the accident, and Highways England are working with them to direct traffic.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

It is not known how many vehicles were involved in the accident, or what the conditions of those involved is.

Traffic around the area is continuing to build and drivers are encouraged to seek alternative routes around the congested area.

Currently delays are said to be of arouond 15 minutes and building.

Additionally, lorry drivers are said to be attempting to use roads with weight limits to avoid the traffic which is, according to one Twitter user, 'adding to danger and chaos'.

More to follow.