M6 junction 21a to junction 26: smart motorwayRecently updated

We are improving the 11.1 miles section of the M6 between junctions 21a and 26 by upgrading it to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway.

Region:  North West
Start date:  September 2018
Cost:  100-250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2020
Programme:  

Progress report

We are currently working on the smart motorway scheme design options for this part of the M6 that would meet the aims of the scheme, while undertaking a range of surveys and assessments to help inform us about the local environment. We have also started discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views for our scheme proposal.

What next

We will progress with the detailed design phase of the scheme leading into construction which is scheduled to commence in September 2018.

We plan to hold public information events to provide information about the scheme and detailed design and construction phase. The timing of these events is to be confirmed.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
TBC Public information events
September 2018 Works start
March 2020 Works complete

Why we need this scheme

The M6 motorway is a strategic route for local, regional and international traffic and is a major artery between the North West, the West Midlands and London (via the M1). This section of the M6 carries in excess of 110,000 vehicles per day.

The M6 carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Congestion and unreliable journey times are currently experienced at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow.

The M6 project will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of traffic, improving safety and journey times as well as improving the current unpredictability of journey times along this stretch of the motorway.

Aims

With this scheme, we aim to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times, making journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth within the region. Providing much needed capacity on the motorway will reduce the cost of economic delay to both commuters and business traffic
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using smart motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts

The scheme in detail

The M6 between junctions 21a and 26 is a key strategic route carrying high volumes of vehicles between the North West, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. The scheme falls within the Area 10 maintenance area and the North West Regional Control Centre (RCC).

Smart motorways are a technology driven approach to tackling the most congested parts of the motorway network, improving journey reliability by controlling the flow and speed of traffic. Smart motorways also support the economy by providing much needed capacity on the busiest motorways, while maintaining safety for road users and those who work on the roads.

The design features of the M6 J21a to J26 smart motorway scheme include:

  • variable mandatory speed limits
  • driver information, including lane availability, provided through a mixture of gantries and cantilever signs
  • queue detection and automatic signalling system, which provides queue protection and congestion management
  • comprehensive low light pan-tilt-zoom CCTV coverage
  • refuge areas where drivers can stop in an emergency

We are undertaking an environmental assessment that covers topics including noise and vibration, water, air quality, ecology and visual impacts. The results will be presented in an Environmental Assessment Report and we will describe the measures we will take to minimise potentially significant adverse environmental 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 M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 22 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 8:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 28 April 2018 to 30 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 22 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 22 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 21 April 2018 to 05:00 on 13 May 2018.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 April 2018 to 05:00 on 24 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 4:01 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 April 2018 to 05:00 on 28 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J4 and M6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 April 2018 to 06:00 on 28 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 20 April 2018 to 06:00 on 1 July 2018.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:06 on 20 April 2018 to 05:00 on 28 April 2018.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 7:06 pm
Location : The M58 westbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 23 April 2018 to 16:00 on 23 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 3:02 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2018 to 28 April 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 30 April 2018 to 5 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 7 May 2018 to 11 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 7:30 am
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 23 April 2018 to 28 April 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 30 April 2018 to 5 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:30 from 7 May 2018 to 11 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 7:30 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J23 . Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 April 2018 to 06:00 on 27 April 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 April 2018 to 05:00 on 24 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 2:30 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 25 April 2018 to 27 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 12:01 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 April 2018 to 05:00 on 28 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 12:01 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 23 April 2018 to 26 April 2018.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 10:20 am
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 April 2018 to 05:00 on 24 April 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 18, 2018, 3:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 24 April 2018 to 17:00 on 24 April 2018.
Posted: April 18, 2018, 9:40 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J26 and J28 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 April 2018 to 5 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 April 2018 to 5 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2018 to 19 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 April 2018 to 06:00 on 19 May 2018.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 April 2018 to 5 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 May 2018 to 19 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 April 2018 to 06:00 on 25 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M57 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 April 2018 to 06:00 on 25 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 April 2018 to 05:00 on 24 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 10:01 am
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 April 2018 to 05:00 on 24 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 17, 2018, 10:01 am
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 April 2018 to 05:00 on 23 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 16, 2018, 3:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 December 2018.
Posted: April 12, 2018, 12:33 am

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