M42 junction 6 improvement

Increasing the capacity of the M42 at junction 6.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  By 2019/2020
Cost:  ¬£282 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We have received significant feedback following the statutory consultation at the beginning of the year and are now working towards making our development consent order (DCO) application by the end of the year.

We remain committed to considering the views of the community and other stakeholders as we continue to develop our scheme proposals. As a result of your feedback, together with our ongoing technical and environmental work, we are carrying out further environmental assessments and some further localised consultation, with property owners affected by the scheme, to ensure the final project meets the needs of customers, local residents and other stakeholders ahead of the DCO application submission date.

What's next?

Subject to the scheme being granted consent, we plan to start construction in 2020. You can see an updated proposed timeline below.

Timeline

Date Event
March 2016 Early discussion
December 2016 Public consultation
August 2017 Preferred route announcement
Autumn 2017 Start formal planning process
January 2018 Statutory Public Consultation
End of 2018 Development Consent Order (DCO) application
Early 2019 Individuals / organisations register with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to be heard during DCO examination
2019 Start of DCO hearing (examination)
2019 End of DCO, followed by Planning Inspectorate (PINS)
End of 2019 PINS recommendation report
2020 Secretary of State decision on DCO application
2020 Start of construction
2023/24 Open for traffic

Why we need this scheme

The government identified the need for this scheme in its 2014 Road Investment Strategy. M42 Junction 6 lies on the eastern side of Birmingham. It is an important junction on the motorway network and lies at the heart of an area of dynamic growth, surrounded by a unique mix of major assets that serve both the local and wider economy.

It is located north of Solihull and provides the main access on the motorway for:

  • Birmingham Airport
  • the HS2 Birmingham Interchange station
  • the National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
  • National Motorcycle Museum / National Conference Centre
  • Birmingham International railway station
  • Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)
  • Birmingham Business Park

In addition to these major assets, the area adjacent to junction 6 of the M42 (immediately to the north-east) is earmarked by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for a proposed commercial and residential development.

The scheme is required to accommodate planned developments in the area. The junction has almost reached capacity, causing severe congestion and delays across the network. Currently, congestion and journey reliability issues are a significant constraint to future investment and economic growth. Junction 6 does not have sufficient capacity to accommodate predicted traffic growth beyond 2019 ‚Äď even without the inclusion of HS2 ‚Äď if we do not act.

Aims

The main benefits of the scheme will be:

  • a safe and reliable operation of the M42 and A45
  • increased capacity of the junction which will support economic growth in the area
  • improve access to key locations such as Birmingham Airport and HS2 Birmingham Interchange
  • support economic growth in the surrounding area

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Planned roadworks

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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 M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:32 on 6 August 2018 to 06:00 on 24 August 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:46 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 5:05 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 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:27 am
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 4:20 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 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 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 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 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 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 M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 August 2018 to 05:00 on 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:10 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 M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . 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 three 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 M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . 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 J9 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2018 to 06:00 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. 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 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 exit slip at junction J4A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. 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 J4 and J1 . 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 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 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 August 2018 to 20 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:19 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J4 . 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 J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 August 2018 to 20 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:19 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 August 2018 to 20 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:19 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 August 2018 to 20 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 2:19 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . 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 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 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 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 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J8 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be 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 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 : 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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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 17 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 18 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • GLHighways_England

    Hi everyone,

    Apologies for the delay due to a slight technical glitch, the webchat is now live.

  • Caroline Jevons

    We have only recently been made aware of this scheme. What will be the process for informing landowners of proposals that may affect them?

    • GLHighways_England

      Hi Caroline,

      Identified landowners were invited to the consultation events. As the preliminary design develops, we will have a better understanding of the land-take requirements. We will work closely with affected landowners in order to agree what accommodation works and compensation will be payable so as to minimise disruption from the scheme. We expect this engagement will commence in the coming months.

      If you are a landowner and are concerned that you may be affected, please get in touch via m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

      Graham

      • Caroline Jevons

        Graham
        Thank you for the information.

  • GLHighways_England

    The webchat is now closed. If you have any further questions please get in touch by email m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or by telephone 0300 123 5000.
    Graham