M5 junctions 4a to 6 smart motorwayRecently updated

Making the M5 junctions 4a to 6 an “all lane running” smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  January 2016
Cost:  TBC
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Spring 2017
Programme:  

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Progress report

We have begun construction work to support the delivery of the technology to enable all lane running. We have also resurfaced the new lane 3 and new lane 4, with low noise surfacing. We are working on both the northbound and southbound carriageways and work will involve:
  • survey work
  • site clearance
  • installing a ducting network to accommodate all the power and communication technology
  • constructing chambers to support technology cabinets
  • erecting gantries
  • resurfacing all carriageways between J4a-J6
  • drainage repairs
  • new drainage
  • environmental fencing
  • landscaping
  • installing CCTV cameras
  • installing Speed cameras

What next?

We will continue with construction work and erecting gantries along with completing the ducting network over the next couple of months. Once the ducting network is complete we will be removing the variogaurd steel barrier and proceed to resurface the remaining two lanes.

Timeline

Date Event
March to April 2014 Statutory instrument consultation
December 2014 Ministerial approval
August 2015 Pre-construction work begins
January 2016 Start of work

Why we need this scheme

This is a very busy section of motorway carrying traffic into Birmingham and is frequently congested. To add extra capacity we will make the M5 between junctions 4a (Bromsgrove) and 6 (Worcester) a smart motorway with “all lane running”. This means there will be no hard shoulder. Instead all 4 lanes will be open for traffic to use. If you need to stop in an emergency you will be able to use one of the regularly spaced emergency refuge areas.

Aims

The smart motorways technology will:
  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic
  • improve journey time reliability
  • support economic development in the region
It will also improve access to the region’s business hubs including:
  • Birmingham International Airport
  • National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
  • major freight depots and business centres

Environment impact

We have completed an environmental assessment report that covers a range of topics including noise, air quality, ecology, cultural heritage, materials used and visual impacts on the landscape. The report’s overall conclusion is that there will not be a significant environmental impact for this scheme.

Ecology

We have completed surveys for protected species, and Great Crested Newts were identified within ponds adjacent to the scheme. We are working to ensure their habitat and lifecycle remains protected during construction.

Noise

We are resurfacing the carriageway with low-noise surfacing. This work will be completed as part of the construction programme for the scheme. Low noise surfacing will address 8 areas along the route that are Noise Important Areas.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:30 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between the M5 and junction J1 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 13:05 on 4 January 2016 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J6 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound at junction J4A . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound at junction J4A . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound at junction J4A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junction J2 and the M5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 13:09 on 4 January 2016 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 January 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J3 and J4A . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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