M6 junction 13 to junction 15 smart motorwayRecently updated

We propose to improve the M6 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 13 and 15.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  March 2018
Cost:  £232.3 to £335.4 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  By the end of March 2022
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We are on target with this project to start All Lane Running (ALR) main works construction in March 2018.

We are currently carrying out pre-works surveys which will involve some short term overnight traffic management and motorway closures. For more information on these closures, check the roadworks section.

What next?

We will continue with our design and plan to complete this for the assessment at the end of this year, prior to the start of ALR construction works in early 2018.

Timeline

Date Event
March 2018 Start of main works
March 2022 End of works

Why we need this scheme

This route experiences heavy congestion at peak time.

The scheme in detail

We are upgrading the busy 28km stretch of the M6 between Junction 13 at Stafford and Junction 15 near Newcastle Under Lyme and Stoke on Trent to make it a smart motorway.

We are expecting to start the main construction work in March 2018 and plan to complete the scheme by March 2022.

The scheme will involve:
  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junctions to accommodate this
  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • nearly 2km of new noise barriers in built up areas
  • a replacement footbridge at Burton Bank
  • upgrades to Dunston and Norton railway bridges
  • widening of Creswell Viaduct
  • demolition of the redundant Creswell Home Farm bridge
  • minor improvements to Junction 15

Aims

The smart motorways technology will:
  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic
  • improve journey time reliability
  • support economic development in the region
  • minimise environmental impacts
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network

Environment impact

We’ve made an assessment of the environmental impact and found that there will be no long term significant effects. There will be some temporary effects during construction to changes in views, construction noise, disruption to road users and a very minimal loss of habitat. We’ll ensure these effects are minimised as much as possible. The issues considered are:
  • air quality, noise and visual impacts in relation to nearby housing
  • the Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Doxey and Tillington Marshes and Kings and Hargreave’s woods
  • protected species and habitats including bats, badgers and great crested newts
  • the setting of conservation areas and heritage assets such as Trentham Park
  • public rights of way

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 11:19 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 June 2017 to 06:00 on 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:57 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 June 2017 to 06:00 on 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:57 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . 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 10:00 from 30 June 2017 to 17 July 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:57 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 27 June 2017 to 29 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 6 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 13 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 17 July 2017 to 20 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:53 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 27 June 2017 to 29 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 6 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 13 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 17 July 2017 to 20 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:53 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:56 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:56 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:55 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Reason : Emergency litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:55 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 5 July 2017. Schedule : From 07:00 on 7 July 2017 to 19:00 on 7 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 5 July 2017. Schedule : From 07:00 on 7 July 2017 to 19:00 on 7 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 7 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 17 July 2017 to 21 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 26 June 2017 to 30 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 3 July 2017 to 7 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 10 July 2017 to 14 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 17 July 2017 to 21 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 28 June 2017 to 2 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 5 July 2017 to 9 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 12 July 2017 to 16 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 19 July 2017 to 23 July 2017.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 9:57 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 29 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . 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 26 June 2017 to 12 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 12 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:03 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 28 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 28 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 28 June 2017 to 06:00 on 29 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 28 June 2017 to 06:00 on 29 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 June 2017 to 06:00 on 27 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 17 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 00:35 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 29 August 2020.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J11A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 12 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 3 July 2017 to 8 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 10 July 2017 to 15 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 28 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the junctions with the A5 and the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 17 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J11 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 28 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 3 July 2017 to 8 July 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 10 July 2017 to 15 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2018.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 00:01 on 25 June 2017 to 23:59 on 12 August 2017.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm

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