M42 junction 6 improvement

Increasing the capacity of the M42 at junction 6.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  By 2019/2020
Cost:  £282 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

On 7 August 2017, Highways England announced the preferred route for the M42 junction 6 Improvement scheme. The announcement of the preferred route follows a comprehensive review of options and extensive analysis of responses following our public consultation which ran from Friday 9 December 2016 to Friday 27 January 2017. You can view the preferred route announcement and the consultation report on our consultation page.

What next?

We are now developing the detailed design for the scheme. We would now like your views on the preferred route. To capture your views, we are using an online feedback tool which can be accessed by visiting the Commonplace website . Sharing your views using this tool will provide us with valuable insight to inform our detailed design.

The closing date for your feedback is 13 October 2017.

Following this work, we will hold a further public consultation to present more detail to the preferred route, prior to starting the Planning Process in 2018. We’ve put together a guide to the planning process, which outlines exactly what happens and when you can get involved.

Timeline

Event Date
 Early discussion March 2016
Public consultation December 2016
Preferred route announcement 7 August 2017
Start formal planning process Autumn 2017
Statutory Public Consultation Winter 2017
Development Consent Order Application Summer 2018
Start of construction March 2020
Open for traffic 2023

Why we need this scheme

The government identified the need for this scheme in its 2014 Road Investment Strategy. M42 Junction 6 lies on the eastern edge of Birmingham, approximately 9 miles from the city centre, with its nearest town being Solihull. The M42 Junction 6 provides connections between the national motorway network and A45 Coventry Road, which provides strategic access to Birmingham (to the west) and Coventry (to the east). The junction provides access to:
  • Birmingham International Airport
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • the National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
  • Birmingham Business Park
  • Birmingham International railway station
  • National Motorcycle Museum/National Conference Centre
  • the HS2 Birmingham Interchange station
  The scheme is required to accommodate planned developments in the area. We predict that the M42 Junction 6 will not have the capacity to accommodate these demands beyond 2019 if we do not act.

Aims

The main benefits of the scheme will be:
  • a more reliable and safer operation of the M42 and A45
  • increased capacity which will support and facilitate economic growth in the area
  • give better access to key locations such as Birmingham Airport and HS2 Birmingham Interchange
  • increase resilience and reliability of the strategic and trunk road network
  • support economic growth in the surrounding area

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Planned roadworks

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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 M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4A . 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 : There will be two of three lanes 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 M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 9 September 2017 to 06:00 on 23 December 2017.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 9:53 pm
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 M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . 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 30 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 7 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 14 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:03 am
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 September 2017 to 04:00 on 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 3:00 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:30 and 17:30 from 28 September 2017 to 29 September 2017.
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. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 10 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
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 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 10 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
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 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 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 M6 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 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. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes 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 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 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 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 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 M6 northbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 11:53 on 30 August 2017 to 06:00 on 23 December 2017.
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
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . 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 M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . 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 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 M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4A . 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 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 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 M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . 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 30 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 7 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 14 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
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 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 M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 27 September 2017 to 17:00 on 27 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2017 to 05:30 on 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
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 M6 southbound at junction J6 . 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 M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . 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 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 M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 26 September 2017 to 27 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 17 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 18 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • GLHighways_England

    Hi everyone,

    Apologies for the delay due to a slight technical glitch, the webchat is now live.

  • Caroline Jevons

    We have only recently been made aware of this scheme. What will be the process for informing landowners of proposals that may affect them?

    • GLHighways_England

      Hi Caroline,

      Identified landowners were invited to the consultation events. As the preliminary design develops, we will have a better understanding of the land-take requirements. We will work closely with affected landowners in order to agree what accommodation works and compensation will be payable so as to minimise disruption from the scheme. We expect this engagement will commence in the coming months.

      If you are a landowner and are concerned that you may be affected, please get in touch via m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

      Graham

      • Caroline Jevons

        Graham
        Thank you for the information.

  • GLHighways_England

    The webchat is now closed. If you have any further questions please get in touch by email m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or by telephone 0300 123 5000.
    Graham