M6 Junction 2 to Junction 4: Smart MotorwayRecently updated

Improving the busy 22km stretch of the M6 between junction 2 at Coventry and junction 4 near Coleshill by upgrading it to an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  Summer 2017
Cost:  £155 million - £234 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Spring 2019
Programme:  Smart Motorways

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Progress report

We are in the process of drawing up a detailed design that will meet the aims we have for the scheme.

What next?

We plan to start construction work in summer 2017.

Timeline

Date Event
2015-2016 Design work
July 2016 Exhibition events
Summer 2017 Start of works
Spring 2019 End of works

Why we need this scheme

The M6 at junctions 2 to 4 currently suffers frequent delays due to the volume of traffic. This scheme will provide greater traffic capacity and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic.

The scheme in detail

This project involves:

  • converting the hard shoulder to create a permanent fourth lane between junctions 2 and 3a
  • converting the climbing lane eastbound between junction 3a and 3 to a permanent traffic lane and retaining the hard shoulder
  • between junctions 4 and 3a the motorway will have 3 lanes and a hard shoulder; this is designed to tie in with the existing M6 junction 5 to 8 smart motorway
  • installing new electronic information signs, signals and CCTV cameras - these will be used to vary speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • installing 9 emergency refuge areas to use in place of the hard shoulder
  • improving the central reserve and adding a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • adding new noise barriers in built up areas

In addition to the main smart motorway scheme we have been commissioned by HS2 to improve Junction 4. This will include increasing the number of lanes to aid the flow of traffic for the proposed Birmingham Interchange Station.  This work is scheduled to begin in early 2017.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduced congestion by smoothing the flow of traffic to improve journey times and make them more reliable
  • facilitate economic growth within the region, by providing much needed capacity on the motorway
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways, which already are among the safest roads in the world

Environmental impact

We have undertaken an environmental assessment that covers topics including noise and vibration, air quality, ecology and visual impacts. The results will be presented in an Environmental Study Report and we will describe the measures we will take to minimise impact and enhance the environment.

We have carried out surveys for protected species and identified badger setts and great crested newts adjacent to the motorway. Mitigation work will be undertaken within Natural England licenses.

We will need to do some vegetation removal to allow us to build new structures such as gantries and emergency refuge areas. We will retain existing screening planting where possible and propose additional planting to minimise views of the motorway and associated equipment.

We will replace the existing noise barrier and install new barriers to minimise noise effects.

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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

Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4A . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A452 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 2 February 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
From Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 southbound . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. To Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 23 January 2017 to 15:30 on 23 January 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
From Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. To Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound at junction J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J9 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 January 2017 to 06:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 23 December 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 29 May 2017 to 31 May 2017. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 23 January 2017 to 15:30 on 23 January 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 23 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 23 January 2017 to 15:30 on 23 January 2017. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound at junction J8 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 23 December 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 January 2017 to 06:00 on 25 January 2017. Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 January 2017 to 06:00 on 24 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 21:01 on 9 December 2016 to 06:00 on 15 February 2017. Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency bridge repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 January 2017 to 28 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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