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 consulting on the proposed implementation of variable mandatory speed limits within the scheme. To find out more and have your say, visit the consultation page.

What next?

All responses received from consultees within the consultation period will be considered and responded to as necessary. Following the consultation, a summary report will be made available on this webpage.

The summary report will provide an analysis of responses received and our response.

In January 2018, we plan to start off-network mobilisation work ahead of the main construction work commencing in March 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 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 January 2018 to 06:00 on 30 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 19:00 on 23 January 2018.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 19:00 on 23 January 2018.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 19:00 on 23 January 2018.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 5 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 5 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 February 2018 to 8 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2018 to 27 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2018 to 3 February 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 February 2018 to 8 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2018 to 1 February 2018.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 12 December 2017 to 06:00 on 5 March 2018.
Posted: January 19, 2018, 3:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 January 2018 to 05:00 on 25 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 24 January 2018 to 16:00 on 24 January 2018.
Posted: January 17, 2018, 12:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J10A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:50 on 15 November 2017 to 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: January 16, 2018, 6:14 pm

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