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 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:33 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 July 2017 to 06:00 on 22 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 July 2017 to 06:00 on 22 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the A45 Coventry West and the junction with the A429 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 21 July 2017 to 15:30 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:06 pm
Location : The A46 southbound at the junction with the A429 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 21 July 2017 to 15:30 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:06 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the A429 and the junction with the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 21 July 2017 to 15:30 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:06 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the A4177 and the junction with the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 21 July 2017 to 15:30 on 21 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:06 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 21 July 2017 to 18:00 on 21 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:05 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 21 July 2017 to 18:00 on 21 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:05 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 21 July 2017 to 18:00 on 21 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 6:05 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2017 to 06:00 on 25 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 30 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2017 to 06:00 on 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 July 2017 to 06:00 on 22 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the junctions with the M40 and the A439 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 21 July 2017 to 22 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 25 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 August 2017 to 4 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2017 to 27 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 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 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 July 2017 to 06:00 on 1 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry 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 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 July 2017 to 06:00 on 1 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
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 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . 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 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . 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 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2017 to 06:00 on 25 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
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 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2017 to 06:00 on 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 July 2017 to 05:00 on 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2017 to 28 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 31 July 2017 to 4 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 7 August 2017 to 11 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 14 August 2017 to 18 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A452 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 July 2017 to 05:00 on 27 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 July 2017 to 05:00 on 27 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2017 to 27 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 26 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . 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 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 August 2017 to 12 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 August 2017 to 19 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2017 to 06:00 on 25 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 northbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 24 July 2017 to 26 July 2017.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2017 to 29 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 July 2017 to 5 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 25 July 2017 to 05:00 on 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2017 to 06:00 on 26 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 July 2017 to 06:00 on 22 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of five lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2017 to 24 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 July 2017 to 05:00 on 27 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:21 pm

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