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

Progress report

In summer 2017, we completed a range of early environmental work in preparation for the main construction work, which is set to begin in March 2018.

We are now in discussions with local authorities so we can take into account their views as we plan our work.

We are also currently installing our works compound at junction 4.

What next?

We will soon begin installing our second compound at junction 2 of the M6. We will also be commencing the installation of temporary CCTV cameras throughout the length of the scheme.

We are holding 4 public information exhibitions across December 2017 and January 2018 where you’ll be able to find out more about our plans and ask any questions.

You can also find out more on our exhibition page.

Public Information Exhibitions

Date Time Venue
Friday 15 December 2017 2pm to 7pm Maxstoke Village Hall, Church Lane, Maxstoke, B46 2QN
Saturday 16 December 2017 10am to 4pm Maxstoke Village Hall, Church Lane, Maxstoke, B46 2QN
Friday 12 January 2018 11am to 7pm Novotel Coventry M6/J3, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, CV6 6HL
Saturday 13 January 2018 10am to 4pm Novotel Coventry M6/J3, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, CV6 6HL

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. See the Environmental Study Report, Volume 1.  Appendices are available on request by emailing the project team).

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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 M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 7 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 14 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 21 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 6:02 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 7 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 14 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 21 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 6:02 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 6:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 16 December 2017 to 06:00 on 1 May 2018.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 17 December 2017 to 18:00 on 17 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 7:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 18 December 2017 to 21 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 18:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2018 to 6 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 8 January 2018 to 13 January 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 15 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:07 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 16, 2017, 6:03 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 15 December 2017 to 06:00 on 1 May 2018.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 8:01 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J8 and J6 . Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2017 to 05:00 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 December 2017 to 06:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 18 December 2017 to 17:30 on 18 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2017 to 05:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J7A . Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The A446 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 December 2017 to 06:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 20 December 2017 to 17:30 on 20 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J7A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 December 2017 to 06:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 December 2017 to 06:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 20 December 2017 to 17:30 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 December 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 December 2017 to 06:00 on 23 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 13 December 2017 to 18:00 on 1 May 2018.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 December 2017 to 05:30 on 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2017 to 05:00 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 December 2017 to 05:00 on 21 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2017 to 20 December 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2017 to 06:00 on 22 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 18 December 2017 to 16:00 on 18 December 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 December 2017 to 06:00 on 20 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 December 2017 to 05:00 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm

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