M40/M42 Interchange: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  By the end of March 2020
Cost:  £25-50m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Smart Motorways

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Progress report

We are currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.

The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with “All Lane Running”. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing four lanes for traffic. Regular refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of this we will assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the Smart Motorway operating system best suited to this section of road.

We aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.

We will also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

What next?

The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017.

Why we need this scheme

The M40/M42 interchange is very important for local traffic and forms an important link for long distance traffic travelling between London and Scotland.

Congestion already occurs frequently at peak times at the interchange. Major new developments are planned in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, including a number of Enterprise Zones. This will only increase demands on this important junction.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduce congestion and delays
  • improve journey time reliability
  • maintain a high standard of safety
  • support economic growth and job creation

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A46 southbound between the A429 and the junction with the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:56 am
From Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . To Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 April 2017 to 06:00 on 11 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:55 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 11:54 am
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 30 March 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 March 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:56 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7A . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 19 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 2:02 am
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A439 and the M40 . Reason : Road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:07 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 04:30 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 04:30 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:04 am
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 3 April 2017 to 16:00 on 3 April 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The A45 westbound exit slip to the M42 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 00:00 on 27 March 2017 to 23:59 on 29 March 2017.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:00 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 00:00 on 27 March 2017 to 23:59 on 29 March 2017.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 29 March 2017 to 15:30 on 29 March 2017.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 5:54 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 1 April 2017 to 3 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 8 April 2017 to 10 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 3:55 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2017 to 06:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:18 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 3 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 12:18 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm

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