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

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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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 4 September 2017 to 18:00 on 27 October 2017.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 6:45 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 1 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 8 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 15 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2017 to 22 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7 . 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 25 September 2017 to 1 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 8 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 15 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2017 to 22 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 1 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 5:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:30 on 21 September 2017 to 06:00 on 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 11:36 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:07 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:07 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 October 2017 to 06:00 on 3 October 2017.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 9 October 2017 to 13 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 16 October 2017 to 20 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 14 September 2017 to 06:00 on 28 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 9 October 2017 to 13 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 16 October 2017 to 20 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 September 2017 to 05:00 on 27 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 25 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 9 October 2017 to 13 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 16 October 2017 to 20 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 September 2017 to 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 September 2017 to 05:00 on 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to M42/A446. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 September 2017 to 05:00 on 27 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2017 to 2 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J2 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 6 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 27 September 2017 to 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 27 September 2017 to 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2017 to 05:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 September 2017 to 05:00 on 27 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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