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
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

Work is continuing to progress well on the M6 smart motorway project between junctions 16 (Crewe) and 19 (Knutsford).

We have completed the installation of the new concrete safety barrier in the central reserve between junction 19 and Malkins Bank overbridge (south of junction 17) and have switched the traffic management to the motorway verges to begin the verge works. We will continue to move south towards junction 16 installing the last pieces of concrete safety barrier.

Final works in the central reserve between Malkins Bank overbridge and junction 17 (Sandbach) include:

  • improving the drainage system within the centre of the motorway
  • installing the new concrete safety barriers in the centre of the carriageway
  • undertaking maintenance and providing protection to the existing structures affected by the scheme

Once we have fully completed the central reserve work, we will resurface the new lane 4 and carry out another traffic management switch between junctions 16 and 17, to begin working entirely in the motorway verges before the end of the year.

For details of upcoming planned closures you can check our roadworks feed or view diversion routes.

What next?

We are working in the motorway verge between junctions 19 (Knutsford) and 17 (Sandbach) to:

  • construct 18 new emergency areas between junctions 16 and 19
  • replace and renew existing drainage and manholes
  • install a new ducting system for power and fibre cables
  • construct foundations for the new gantries
  • install overhead gantries and 258 electronic signs
  • install 70 CCTV cameras to provide full CCTV coverage

To see more images of the schemes progress, view our gallery.

Timeline

Date Event
July 2013 Scheme announced in the Spending Review
2015 Project development phase ends Summer
End December 2015 Construction begins
End March 2019 Construction ends

Community news

During July, our project team and Traffic Officers, Cheshire police and the emergency services attended Carfest North at Bolesworth Castle. The 3 day festival organised by Chris Evans, in aid of BBC Children in Need, is aimed at families who love all things car related as well as good food and live music.

The project team were armed with posters and leaflets to promote the safety through the roadworks campaign alongside educating the public about smart motorways and the importance of the Red X.

The M6 junctions 16 to 19 project has a customer information stand at both Holmes Chapel and Sandbach Library where you can:

Holmes Chapel library is located at 29 London Rd, Holmes Chapel, Crewe CW4 7AP.

Sandbach library is at The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ.

The information stand is marked by a pop up Highways England banner and is located just inside the main library area. The new summer edition of the project newsletter is now available at both libraries.

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 licence 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 licence 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

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 J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 31 March 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 10:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2017 to 06:00 on 19 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 November 2017 to 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 10:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 19 October 2017 to 20 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 23 October 2017 to 27 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 30 October 2017 to 3 November 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 19:00 from 6 November 2017 to 10 November 2017.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 October 2017 to 06:00 on 21 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 October 2017 to 06:00 on 24 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 October 2017 to 06:00 on 20 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 October 2017 to 06:00 on 25 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:21 am

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