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.
|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 schemeThis 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.
AimsThe smart motorways technology will:
- reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic
- improve journey time reliability
- support economic development in the region
- Birmingham International Airport
- National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
- major freight depots and business centres
Environment impactWe 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.
EcologyWe 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.
NoiseWe 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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