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 M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 west. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 6:16 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 16 November 2017 to 05:00 on 26 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:37 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J27 and J28 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 22 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 5:35 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 22 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2017 to 15 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J5 and M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2017 to 15 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J3 and M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2017 to 15 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2017 to 05:00 on 18 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2017 to 05:00 on 22 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M58 westbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2017 to 15 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2017 to 05:00 on 22 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M58 westbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2017 to 15 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J23 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2017 to 05:00 on 18 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 eastbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound 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 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 November 2017 to 26 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 eastbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 16 November 2017 to 05:00 on 2 December 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2017 to 05:00 on 21 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 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 17:00 on 19 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:31 on 16 November 2017 to 05:30 on 18 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 23 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J26 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2017 to 24 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 November 2017 to 05:00 on 25 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 18 November 2017 to 20 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 22 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2017 to 24 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 17 November 2017 to 05:30 on 18 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:30 from 20 November 2017 to 22 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 East. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 November 2017 to 18 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 19 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 East. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 west. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:41 on 17 October 2017 to 18:00 on 31 March 2018.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound 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 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 November 2017 to 26 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 west. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 22 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2017 to 05:00 on 21 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 November 2017 to 03:00 on 21 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 18 November 2017 to 22 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 West. Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 November 2017 to 03:00 on 21 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 West. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 November 2017 to 05:00 on 21 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 November 2017 to 26 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 West. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:41 on 17 October 2017 to 18:00 on 31 March 2018.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 November 2017 to 19 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Eastbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 November 2017 to 05:00 on 2 December 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Eastbound. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 00:01 on 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 22 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Eastbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 16 November 2017 to 05:00 on 2 December 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 17 November 2017 to 05:30 on 18 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Eastbound. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 20 November 2017 to 23:00 on 21 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J11 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 20 November 2017 to 25 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 November 2017 to 2 December 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J26 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 November 2017 to 22 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J10 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J26 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 November 2017 to 06:00 on 24 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:31 on 16 November 2017 to 05:30 on 22 November 2017.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2017 to 24 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2017 to 06:00 on 24 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 November 2017 to 05:00 on 20 November 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 4:50 pm

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