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:  

Progress report

We opened the second and final phase of the smart motorway between junctions 5 (Droitwich Spa) and 6 (Worcester) to traffic on 26 May completing the smart motorway scheme. The M5 between junctions 4a (Bromsgrove) and 6 (Worcester) now has an extra lane in both directions to provide more capacity, new overhead signs and signals to give drivers more information and variable speed limits to smooth traffic flow. The first phase of the scheme between Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa opened in April.

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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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J4A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 17 October 2017 to 06:00 on 1 November 2017.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 3:55 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . 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 18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 October 2017 to 06:00 on 1 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2017 to 30 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 October 2017 to 05:00 on 31 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J6 and 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 18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 October 2017 to 06:00 on 1 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J6 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 18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 October 2017 to 06:00 on 1 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 October 2017 to 05:00 on 31 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J4A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2017 to 30 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J7 and J6 . 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 18 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 October 2017 to 06:00 on 1 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 October 2017 to 06:00 on 18 October 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 October 2017 to 05:00 on 31 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am

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