M54 to M6 link road

This scheme will provide an improved link between the M54 and the M6. Currently, there's no direct motorway link from the M54 to the M6 north. This means high volumes of both long distance and local traffic use the local roads to travel this route.

Start date 2021-22
End date 2024-25
Cost £175-200 million

Latest updates

  • 16 March 2021

    Survey update

    We’ve completed our archaeological trial trenching and ground investigation surveys along the proposed route of the M54 to M6 Link Road. Thanks for your patience and understanding whilst we’ve been carrying these out. 

    These surveys will help us develop our plans for how we will build the road, if the Secretary of State approves our application for development consent. We expect a decision in late 2021.

    We'll continue to carry out environmental surveys throughout the coming months. You may see some activity on private land and road verges during this time.

  • 18 January 2021

    Survey work

    From 18 January 2021, we’ll be carrying out the following surveys along the proposed route of the new M54 to M6 Link Road:

    • ground investigation
    • archaeological trial trenching

    The ground investigation surveys are important. They will help us develop our plans about how we will build the road. The surveys will help us identify the kind of rocks and soils on which we will build the road, should the Secretary of State approve our development consent application.

    The archaeological trial trench surveys will tell us if there are any archaeological remains in the area.

    The surveys will last around 8 weeks and will take place between Junction 11 of the M6 and Junction 1 of the M54.

    When we’re carrying out survey work on the motorway verges or junctions, we may need to close some lanes to keep you and our workers safe.

    We’ll carry out any work on the road verges overnight, from 8pm to 5am, when there are fewer vehicles on the road, to reduce disruption.

    Where we need to carry out surveys in areas that are nearer to residential areas, we’ll do this during the daytime. We’ll write to those residents closest to our work to let them know them when we’ll be working near them.

  • 11 December 2020

    Development consent order update

    The Planning Inspectorate has reviewed and accepted the proposed changes we submitted following our recent consultation.

    The Planning Inspectorate (acting on behalf of the Secretary of State) will now begin to examine the application in public hearings and then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide on whether or not the scheme will go ahead. The planning inspectorate has six months to carry out the Examination.

    This short video explains how we develop a new road scheme and how you can get involved.

  • 19 October 2020

    Proposed changes consultation

    Our consultation on the proposed changes we’re making to the scheme closed on 21 September 2020.

    After reviewing the feedback we received, we’ve decided to submit all seven changes to the Planning Inspectorate for review.

    We submitted these on 9 October 2020. You can view the changes and the consultation statement on the Planning Inspectorate’s webpage. The Planning Inspectorate will review the changes and decide whether or not to accept them for Examination.

  • 24 August 2020

    Proposed changes consultation - from 24 August to 21 September 2020

    We’ve had further discussions with local authorities, parish councils, stakeholders and landowners about improvements we can make to the scheme in our application for development consent. Following this, we’ve identified some changes to how we may build the scheme.

    We’re proposing to make seven changes, which aim to further reduce the impacts of the scheme on the environment and the community. We would like your views on these proposed changes.

    Please note, we’re only consulting on the changes we’re proposing, not on the need for any further changes or the scheme as a whole. For further details about these changes, please read the consultation brochure.

    The consultation runs from 24 August 2020 to 11:59pm 21 September 2020.

    To complete the consultation response form, please visit our consultation on citizenspace.

  • 09 April 2020

    Development consent order submission

    We submitted the Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate on 30 January 2020, the application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate on 28 February. The application form and accompanying documents, plans and maps, including the Environmental Statement are available to view on the Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning website.

    Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), our DCO application documents are no longer available to view at deposit points. The documents are available to view online or we can send a USB stick containing these documents to you free of charge.

    Please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email M54toM6linkroad@highwaysengland.co.uk if you have difficulty accessing the documents.

    The Planning Inspectorate (acting on behalf of the Secretary of State) will examine the application in public hearings and then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide on whether or not the scheme will go ahead. The planning inspectorate has six months to carry out the Examination.

    Before the examination starts, there is a pre-examination period that lasts for approximately three months. We have contacted statutory consultees, relevant local authorities and anyone with an interest in the affected land. This is to notify them of their opportunity to register to take part in the examination of the project and to invite them to make representations on the DCO application. During this pre-examination period, the Planning Inspectorate will also issue letters setting out the Examination timetable to all interested parties, statutory consultees and other persons identified by the Inspectorate and will hold a preliminary meeting that all parties can register attend to discuss how the application will be examined.

    There is a public register of applications received on the Planning Inspectorate web page. There is a specific page for each DCO application where the public can access and read applications and accompanying documents, including reports of pre-application consultations.

    Watch our video which explains more about this process.

Project information


Following consultation, we have selected a preferred route that provides the highest economic benefitswill provide the greatest journey time savings, has the least impact on ancient woodland, provides the best value for money to taxpayers and is preferred by most of the respondents to the options consultation. 

As well as providing an improved link, we also plan to replace M54 J1 and M6 J11.

Road users wanting to access the M6 north or M6 Toll must use local roads such as the A460, A449 and A5. This means high volumes of both long-distance and local traffic use the local roads to travel this route. A large volume of local and long-distance traffic uses the A460, which passes through the villages of Featherstone, Hilton and Shareshill 

The A460 has just one lane in each direction with numerous junctions and stretches of road with a 30mph speed limit. It was not designed for the amount and type of traffic currently using it. This results in delays, congestion and high accident rates. There are also air quality issues in the villages along the A460 due to the high volume of traffic. 

The A460 currently carries about 26,500 vehicles each day with heavy goods vehicles making up about 10% of this figure. When the proposed link road is open, it could reduce traffic on the A460 to around 4,000 vehicles each day. This will create a safer and less congested environment for local road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. 

Improving the link between the M54 and the M6 will: 

  • Provide additional capacity and relieve traffic congestion on the A460, A449, and A5, providing more reliable journey times 
  • enhance facilities for local residents, pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians 
  • improve customer journeys from east to west and north to south. This will support local economic growth for Telford, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Tamworth by improving traffic flow and enhanced east-west and north-south routes 
  • keep the right traffic on the right roads by separating local traffic from long-distance and commuter traffic 


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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