M6 junction 2 to junction 4: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the busy 13.6 mile (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:  Winter 2017/spring 2018
Cost:  £155 million to £234 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2020
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 winter 2017.

Timeline

Date Event
2015-2016 Design work
July 2016 Exhibition events
Winter 2017 Start of works
March 2020 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 Autumn 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

Location : The A446 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 3 May 2017 to 18:00 on 3 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 1:55 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:55 am
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:55 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 3 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:55 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:55 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:55 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 April 2017 to 29 April 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 May 2017 to 06:00 on 3 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:54 am
Location : The A45 eastbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 May 2017 to 06:00 on 4 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 May 2017 to 06:00 on 4 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:03 am
From Location : The A446 southbound at the junction with the A452 . To Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 May 2017 to 06:00 on 4 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 10 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 17 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 24 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2017 to 26 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2017 to 26 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2017 to 26 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2017 to 26 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 May 2017 to 3 June 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 June 2017 to 9 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The A446 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A452 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 May 2017 to 7 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 May 2017 to 14 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 May 2017 to 21 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 May 2017 to 28 May 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:59 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 9 May 2017 to 13 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 16 May 2017 to 20 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 May 2017 to 27 May 2017.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 3 May 2017 to 6 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 9 May 2017 to 13 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 16 May 2017 to 20 May 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 23 May 2017 to 27 May 2017.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 11:58 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 April 2017 to 06:00 on 29 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 April 2017 to 06:00 on 29 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 12:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 April 2017 to 06:00 on 29 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 22, 2017, 12:03 am

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