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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Location : The M40 southbound entry slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2017 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 5 June 2017 to 10 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2017 to 3 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J7A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 5 June 2017 to 10 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2017 to 3 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 30 May 2017 to 2 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 19 June 2017 to 23 June 2017.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M40 southbound at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2017 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 31 May 2017 to 18:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 May 2017 to 05:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 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 : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 May 2017 to 05:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 30 May 2017 to 2 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 19 June 2017 to 23 June 2017.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 31 May 2017 to 18:00 on 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 30 May 2017 to 2 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 19 June 2017 to 23 June 2017.
Posted: May 27, 2017, 12:22 am

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