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:  

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Progress report

We recently held a public consultation to gather your feedback on options to improve this junction. The consultation is now closed and we are in the process of analysing all of your feedback to take into account the design for our scheme and in choosing our preferred option. Our consultation brochure can be found in the Media section below.

We are conducting a range of surveys and assessment work. This will help us explore different design options that will meet the Road Investment Strategy (RIS) requirements for this scheme: allowing better movement of traffic on and off the A45, supporting access to the airport and preparing capacity for the new HS2 station.

We are continuing to engage with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), the UK Central Urban Growth Company, Birmingham Airport and HS2, among others, to understand their planned and committed developments in order to carefully coordinate our works to minimise future disruption to you.

We are also aware of the UK Central Hub Growth and Infrastructure Plan, published by the UK Central Urban Growth Company on 8 March 2017, which outlines their plan for future aspirational growth in the area.

What next?

Once we have analysed the feedback we will write a report on the public consultation to explain the nature of the choices/options offered to the public, the manner in which they were presented and to summarise the results. This report, along with further technical and design work, will inform our decision making about our preferred route option. We then anticipate being able to recommend a preferred route to DfT in early 2017.

We will hold further consultation as the design progresses to get your feedback to help refine the developing design. 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 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/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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Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:57 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:57 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:57 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:57 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 11 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:56 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 11 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 11:56 am
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 March 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
From Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . To Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 April 2017 to 6 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 05:58 on 24 February 2017 to 23:59 on 30 April 2017.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 13 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 05:30 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 4 April 2017 to 06:00 on 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 04:30 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7A . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 19 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
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 21:30 and 04:30 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The A46 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 04:30 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
From Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . To 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 April 2017 to 6 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 April 2017 to 05:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 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 : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 April 2017 to 06:00 on 11 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . 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 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 05:30 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 April 2017 to 05:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 December 2017 to 06:00 on 23 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 December 2017 to 06:00 on 23 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 04:30 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 1 April 2017 to 3 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 8 April 2017 to 10 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 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 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 April 2017 to 6 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 05:30 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 April 2017 to 05:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 3 April 2017 to 16:00 on 3 April 2017.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 9:46 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.

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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