M40/M42 Interchange: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  ¬£25-50m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We are currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.

The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with ‚ÄúAll Lane Running‚ÄĚ. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing four lanes for traffic. Regular refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of this we will assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the Smart Motorway operating system best suited to this section of road.

We aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.

We will also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

What next?

The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017.

Why we need this scheme

The M40/M42 interchange is very important for local traffic and forms an important link for long distance traffic travelling between London and Scotland.

Congestion already occurs frequently at peak times at the interchange. Major new developments are planned in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, including a number of Enterprise Zones. This will only increase demands on this important junction.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduce congestion and delays
  • improve journey time reliability
  • maintain a high standard of safety
  • support economic growth and job creation

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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 M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:01 on 13 August 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 9:08 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:02 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3A and J4A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:02 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 23 August 2018 to 05:30 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:40 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 23 August 2018 to 05:30 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:40 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 23 August 2018 to 05:30 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:40 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 August 2018 to 06:00 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 August 2018 to 06:00 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 August 2018 to 02:00 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 August 2018 to 22:00 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J2 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:30 from 22 August 2018 to 23 August 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 10:31 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2018 to 06:00 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 24 August 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 August 2018 to 06:00 on 24 September 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:19 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 12 March 2018 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the A4177 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the M40 and the junction with the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of five lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 1 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm

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