M42 junction 6 improvement

Increasing the capacity of the M42 at junction 6.

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

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Progress report

We are conducting a range of surveys and assessment work. This will help us explore different design options that will meet the aims we have for this scheme. Other developments are planned for this area so we will carefully plan and co-ordinate our works to minimise disruption to you.

What next?

We are currently holding a public consultation, where we would like your feedback on the options for this scheme. The consultation runs from 9 December 2016 until 27 January 2017. You can have your say on our consultation page. We are also holding a series of public exhibitions at the following venues:

Location Date Time
The Arden Hotel
Coventry Road, Solihull B92 OEH
Friday 9 December 2016 2pm to 8pm
Catherine de Barnes Village Hall
Hampton Lane B91 2TJ
Saturday 10 December 2016 10am to 4pm
Fentham Hall
Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden B92 0AH
Monday 12 December 2016 10am to 6pm
The Core
Touchwood, Solihull B91 3RG
Wednesday 4 January 2017 10am to 5pm
The NEC*
North Avenue, Birmingham B40 1NT (between atrium entrances 2 and 3)
Saturday 14 January 2017 9am to 6pm
Webchat Wednesday 18 January 2017 11am to 2pm

*We will have a further exhibition stand within the Ladies Kennel Association Show at the NEC on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December.

We will publish the consultation brochure and a copy of the display boards on our consultation page from 9 December.

Timeline

Event Date
 Early discussion March 2016
Public consultation December 2016
Preferred route announcement Spring 2017
Start formal planning process Autumn 2017
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
  • the proposed HS2 International 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:
  • more reliable and safer operation of the wider M42 and A45
  • increased capacity which will support and aid economic growth in the area
  • increased resilience and reliability of the trunk road network

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Bridge repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 1 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : from 05:58 on 24 February 2017 to 23:59 on 30 April 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 February 2017 to 06:00 on 1 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 March 2017 to 06:00 on 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 6 March 2017 to 06:00 on 7 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 April 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 3 March 2017 to 12:00 on 3 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 20 March 2017 to 24 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 6 March 2017 to 06:00 on 7 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 1 March 2017 to 16:30 on 1 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2017 to 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 3 March 2017 to 12:00 on 3 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 15 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 March 2017 to 06:00 on 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
From Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. To Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2017 to 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 15 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 20 March 2017 to 24 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 20 March 2017 to 24 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 3 March 2017 to 12:00 on 3 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 07:00 on 3 March 2017 to 12:00 on 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 March 2017 to 06:00 on 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 11 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed. Reason : Bridge repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 3 March 2017 to 12:00 on 3 March 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 13 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 February 2017 to 06:00 on 27 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 11 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed. Reason : Bridge repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 3 March 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 27 February 2017 to 18:00 on 27 February 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am

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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.

    Once the chat has ended the comments will remain here for you to view.

    Please view our house rules before posting http://roads.highways.gov.uk/house-rules/.

  • 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.

    Once the chat has ended the comments will remain here for you to view.

    Please view our house rules before posting http://roads.highways.gov.uk/house-rules/

  • 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