M6 junction 13 to junction 15 smart motorway

We propose to improve the M6 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 13 and 15.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2017/18
Cost:  £232.3 to £335.4 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

The first phase of traffic management installation is now approaching completion. So far we have implemented narrow lanes and a safe working area from junction 15 to just short of Stafford Services, (approximately 10km (6 miles)) on both the north and southbound carriageways.

We have also installed traffic management where we are undertaking works on railway bridges at Norton, Creswell and Dunston. This means that you will now start to see work taking place in the central reserve from junction 15 moving southbound.

The initial central reserve work involves removing the existing metal barrier and topsoil removal. By the end of July, the main earthworks and new drainage installation will begin, followed by the construction of a new, safer concrete barrier.

Traffic management installation is a complex procedure requiring full closures of the carriageway. This work requires burning of the existing white lines on the carriageway and then repainting these in the narrow lane formation, followed by installing and pinning the temporary steel safety barrier in place to make a safe working area for our workforce.

We have also been utilising these closures to carry out repairs to the carriageways to make sure the road surface is in the best condition possible throughout the length of the project.

Finally, we have installed four information scheme boards and 84 temporary CCTV cameras. The advance work at junction 15, to enable hard shoulder running when accessing the M6 northbound, is now complete. So far, we have been successful in achieving the first of four key project milestones and remain on target to complete the remaining programme of work to schedule.

M6 WorksAdvanced temporary works at junction 15 to enable access onto the hard shoulder

We’re working hard to keep disruption to a minimum as much as is reasonably possibly. For example, we will be limiting the roadworks to 10km (6 miles) stretches on a 28km (17 miles) route up until October 2018. From October onwards, we will then implement a contraflow system, which will allow us to reduce the number of overnight closures on the motorway by nearly 60 percent, benefitting motorists and local residents who are disrupted by vehicles using diversion routes overnight. The contraflow is also safer for our road workers and will allow us to finish the works quicker and more safely.

Closure information can be found on the roadworks tab below, and on Traffic England.

Alternatively, you can email us at M6j13-15@kier.co.uk to be added to our closure information distribution list, sent out each week.

What's next?

Over the coming months, work will continue to:

  • carry out an extensive upgrade of the existing drainage system within the central reserve
  • replace and renew existing manholes and associated drainage
  • continue with the existing steel central barrier and topsoil removal
  • begin work to construct the new concrete barrier

Why we need this scheme

This route experiences heavy congestion at peak time.

The scheme in detail

We are upgrading the busy 28km stretch of the M6 between junction 13 at Stafford and Junction 15 near Newcastle Under Lyme and Stoke on Trent to make it a smart motorway. We are expecting to start the main construction work in March 2018 and plan to complete the scheme by March 2022. The scheme will involve:
  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junctions to accommodate this
  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • nearly 2km of new noise barriers in built up areas
  • a replacement footbridge at Burton Bank
  • upgrades to Dunston and Norton railway bridges
  • widening of Creswell Viaduct
  • demolition of the redundant Creswell Home Farm bridge
  • minor improvements to Junction 15
We’re improving a number of stretches along the M6 motorway by upgrading them to a smart motorway:

Aims

The smart motorways technology will:
  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic
  • improve journey time reliability
  • support economic development in the region
  • minimise environmental impacts
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network

Environment impact

We’ve made an assessment of the environmental impact and found that there will be no long term significant effects. There will be some temporary effects during construction to changes in views, construction noise, disruption to road users and a very minimal loss of habitat. We’ll ensure these effects are minimised as much as possible. The issues considered are:
  • air quality, noise and visual impacts in relation to nearby housing
  • the Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Doxey and Tillington Marshes and Kings and Hargreave’s woods
  • protected species and habitats including bats, badgers and great crested newts
  • the setting of conservation areas and heritage assets such as Trentham Park
  • public rights of way

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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 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 23 August 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 10:53 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 23 August 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 10:21 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 1 September 2018.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 8:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 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 two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 12:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J10A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:50 on 15 November 2017 to 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the A5 and the junction with the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:04 pm

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