SPEED checks will be carried out along the M5 between Bromsgrove and Worcester.

Drivers have been warned that variable speed limits may be in place and that speed checks will be a permanent feature on the stretch of the motorway between J4a and J6.

A spokesman for the Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia said the speed checks were not related to Wednesday's lorry crash, but to ensure a smooth flow of traffic along what is now a 'smart motorway'.

Vicki Bristow, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said: "Speed enforcement is in place on this particular section of the M5 to ensure traffic is moving smoothly through our area and region.

"In cases where a variable speed limit is in place a speed limit inside a red circle will be displayed on overhead gantries and is legally enforceable.

"These limits can be changed at certain times to help manage the traffic flow.

"We’re urging all motorists to be aware these are now in place as they travel through the area and to comply with the speed limits."

If there are no signs to the contrary, the national speed limit will apply.

Highways England has been developing sections of the M5 motorway in order to increase the capacity, reduce congestion and to improve journey times.

The smart motorway between Bromsgrove and Droitwich was launched in April last year, after 15 months of works.