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

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Progress report

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

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 Autumn 2017 and plan to complete the scheme by Autumn 2020. 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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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 28 March 2017.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 7:00 am
Location : The A449 southbound between the junctions with the A5 and the M54 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2017 to 2 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 April 2017 to 9 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 April 2017 to 16 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 April 2017 to 23 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 5:59 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 April 2017 to 06:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 April 2017 to 06:00 on 4 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . 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 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . 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 3 April 2017 to 5 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 12:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:02 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: March 26, 2017, 6:32 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: March 26, 2017, 6:32 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 20:00 on 30 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:31 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 30 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:28 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: March 26, 2017, 6:28 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: March 26, 2017, 6:27 pm
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: March 26, 2017, 6:27 pm
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: March 26, 2017, 6:27 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 23:00 on 17 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:27 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 23:00 on 17 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:26 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: March 26, 2017, 6:23 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 March 2017 to 2 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 April 2017 to 9 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 April 2017 to 16 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 April 2017 to 23 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 2:48 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 30 March 2017 to 16:00 on 30 March 2017.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 March 2017 to 06:00 on 30 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J11A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 March 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:45 on 31 March 2017 to 05:30 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2017 to 06:00 on 29 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:45 on 31 March 2017 to 05:30 on 1 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 March 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm

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