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 progressing well on the project between junctions 17 (Sandbach) and 19 (Knutsford). We have completed the main works within the central reserve including the installation of the new concrete safety barrier and upgrading the drainage system and we are now working within the verges of the motorway between these junctions.

 Worker constructing foundations

constructing foundations for new gantries

Work continues in the central reserve between junctions 16 (Crewe) and 17 (Sandbach), and once these works are complete we will switch our traffic management to the verges to allow safe working space on the nearside of the carriageway, to allow us to install the verge infrastructure.

installing new concrete safety barriers

installing new concrete safety barriers

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

What next?

Over the summer work will continue in the verge between junctions 17 (Sandbach) and 19 (Knutsford), including:

  • constructing new emergency refuge areas
  • replacing and renewing existing drainage and manholes
  • installing a new ducting system for power and fibre cables
  • constructing foundations for the new gantries
  • installing overhead gantries and electronic signage
  • installing full CCTV coverage

Works will also be progressed in the central reserve between junctions 16 (Crewe) and 17 (Sandbach), including:

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

Once the installation of new concrete safety barrier has been completed, we will switch the traffic management to the central reserve.

To see more images of the schemes progress within the central reserve, 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

The M6 junctions 16 to 19 project has installed 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. We will be keeping this stand updated with relevant information on the project as work progresses.

During April, our project team and Highways England Traffic Officers attended motorway service areas close to the project, armed with posters and leaflets to promote a safety through roadworks campaign. The campaign promoted a number of key messages to be aware of whilst travelling through the roadworks and how to prepare for your journey.

The campaign illustrated the importance of maintaining your vehicle to prevent breakdowns and delays. The key messages from the campaign can be found at the information stands in the local libraries at Holmes Chapel and Sandbach.

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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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 between junctions J16 and J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 10:29 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 08:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 9:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J18 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 August 2017 to 06:00 on 24 August 2017.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at Sandbach Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 August 2017 to 06:00 on 24 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 August 2017 to 06:00 on 24 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J18 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 August 2017 to 06:00 on 23 August 2017.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 15:28 on 3 February 2017 to 06:00 on 30 November 2017.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am

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