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
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Spring 2017
Programme:  

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Progress report

As the scheme nears the final stages, we will be opening the first phase of the M5 smart motorway between junctions 4a (Bromsgrove) to junction 5 (Droitwich Spa) to traffic at speeds up to 70 mph, on the 13 April.

The M5 is a strategic route that carries between 50,000 and 75,000 vehicles per day between the south west and the Midlands. The new smart motorway will have four lanes, improving journeys by adding capacity, reducing congestion and making them more reliable on this vital route.

What next?

We will continue with work between junctions 5 (Droitwich Spa) and 6 (Worchester) in preparation for the scheme’s completion in early June subject to successful testing. Narrow lanes and reduced speed limits remain in place while the last stage of construction work is completed.

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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Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:12 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:12 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 2 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:08 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 2 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:08 pm
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:08 pm
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:04 on 27 April 2017 to 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:05 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 27 April 2017 to 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 May 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 6:03 pm
Location : The M5 southbound 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 28 April 2017 to 1 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:54 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2017 to 1 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:54 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2017 to 1 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:54 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2017 to 1 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:54 am
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 April 2017 to 1 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:54 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 02:16 on 7 April 2017 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 6:27 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 02:18 on 7 April 2017 to 06:00 on 31 May 2017.
Posted: April 21, 2017, 6:27 am

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