M6 junctions 16-19: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the M6 motorway between junction 16 (Crewe) and junction 19 (Knutsford) by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  North West
Start date:  December 2015
Cost:  £192 to £274 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2018
Programme:  

What impact will this have on my journey?

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Progress report

We are making good progress on site. We have:
  • removed the existing metal restraint barriers
  • prepared for installation of new concrete safety barriers
  • upgraded the drainage system extensively
  • worked on the structures affected by the scheme
So far we have mainly worked in the central reserve. We have closed lane 3 and opened the hard shoulder in both directions. This provides us with a safe working zone while allowing us to keep 3 narrow lanes running during the works.

What next?

Once we have installed the concrete safety barriers we will resurface lane 3. We will then open lane 3 and close the hard shoulder to traffic to maintain a safe working zone with 3 narrow running lanes. The switchover will require a short series of overnight closures, with clearly signed diversion in place. You can use the Traffic England report tool to check scheduled closures and plan your travel. We will then start working on the verge to:
  • construct the gantries that will show the variable speed limit signs
  • upgrade the drainage system extensively
  • improve the hard shoulder carriageway so that it can be used as a normal running lane

Timeline

Date Event
July 2013 Scheme announced in the Spending Review
2015 Project development phase ends Summer
End December 2015 Construction begins
End March 2018 Construction ends

Community news

On 11 August Highways England held a free safety event called STOP4T! at 17 service stations along the M6 motorway. We encouraged you to check your vehicle before you travel and learn about the impact of poor driver behaviour. This event was the result of collaboration between:
  • 6 police force areas
  • 6 fire and rescue service areas
  • Tyresafe
  • our traffic officer service
  • the M6 Smart Motorway Project Team
  • nearly 30 local authorities from Cumbria to Staffordshire

Why we need this scheme

This section of the M6 currently suffers from excessive congestion and unreliable journey times.

The scheme in detail

We are improving a 20 miles (32km) stretch of the M6 motorway between Junction 16 (Crewe) and Junction 19 (Knutsford) by converting the existing motorway into an “All Lane Running” Smart Motorway. This is a motorway where all 4 lanes are open to traffic, with regular refuge areas available for emergency use in place of a hard shoulder. The latest technology is used to monitor the traffic flow and set speed limits to maintain a constant traffic flow. During these works we will convert the hard shoulder permanently in to a traffic lane. We will do this throughout the scheme unless there is an operational reason not to do so.

Aims

The objectives of the proposed scheme are to:
  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times and make journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth by providing much needed capacity on the motorway, reducing the cost of delays to commuters and business traffic
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using Smart Motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts of the scheme
Our environmental team have been working hard to minimise any disturbance to badgers, including providing an artificial sett. As badgers are a protected species any monitoring has to be carried out under a license issued by Natural England. Great crested newts are also a protected species and our ecologists have carried out surveys of potential habitats. We have installed newt fencing in areas where we found evidence of great crested newts. The fencing allows us to safely trap and relocate the great crested newts under license from Natural England. This scheme is wholly located within an existing motorway and our research has indicated that no significant environmental effects are predicted. This means we are not required to produce an Environmental Impact Assessment. However, we feel we have a duty of care and want to protect the environment and local communities. So we have produced an Environmental Assessment Report to identify, manage and monitor the effects of all our major developments.

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Planned roadworks

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Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 24 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 2:55 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at Knutsford Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 24 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 2:55 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 January 2017 to 24 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 2:55 pm
Location : The A556 southbound between the junctions with the A50 and the M6 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 March 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The A556 southbound between the junctions with the A50 and the M6 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 March 2017. Reason : Road repairs 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 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 23 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 23 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 March 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A34 . Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 March 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Location : The A500 southbound exit slip to the A34 . Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs.
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 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs 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 06:00 from 25 January 2017 to 27 January 2017. Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs 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 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 23 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2017 to 31 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 17:35 on 5 January 2017 to 23:59 on 30 November 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J19 and J16 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 21 January 2017 to 23 January 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J20A and J19 . 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 : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 November 2017 to 30 November 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J19 and J16 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Period : from 17:33 on 5 January 2017 to 23:59 on 30 November 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J19 . Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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