M6 junction 2 to junction 4: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the busy 13.6 mile (22km) stretch of the M6 between junction 2 at Coventry and junction 4 near Coleshill by upgrading it to an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2017/18
Cost:  £155 million to £234 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2019/20
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

The installation of our temporary traffic management, including narrow lanes is now complete throughout the full stretch of the project between junctions 2 and 4. We have installed a temporary safety barrier between the live lanes and the works area and put temporary directional signs in place. We have also added in additional signage at Corley services to improve notification for the services. p>

So far we have also:

  • installed 3000m of new drainage
  • completed 50% of the sheet piling
  • commenced installation of the environmental barrier at 2 locations
  • removed existing technology ahead of installing the new cabling infrastructure which will assist the new technology for the smart motorway.

Due to the layout of our roadworks area, there is currently no place of relative safety to exit the motorway other than the slip roads, therefore we are offering a free recovery service for anybody that breaks down within our works area.

M6 junctions 2 to 4 Smart Motorway diversion routes

When full closures are required to carry out works, there will be three clearly signed diversion routes in place on this project:

What's next?

Now that the full temporary traffic management is in place, we are continuing with the roadworks activities in the verge. This work includes drainage improvements, constructing emergency areas, constructing foundations for new gantries and preparing the hard shoulder to be converted into a permanent lane.

We will soon be carrying out resurfacing with an improved low noise surface material in lane 3 of the northbound carriageway. During the surfacing, we will need to implement full carriageway closures. Closure information can be found on the roadworks tab below, and on Traffic England.

Alternatively, you can email us at M6.j2-4@highwaysengland.co.uk to be added to our closure information distribution list, sent out each week.

Timeline

Date Event
2015-2016 Design work
July 2016 Exhibition events
Winter 2017 Start of works
March 2020 End of works

Why we need this scheme

The M6 at junctions 2 to 4 currently suffers frequent delays due to the volume of traffic. This scheme will provide greater traffic capacity and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic.

The scheme in detail

This project involves:

  • converting the hard shoulder to create a permanent fourth lane between junctions 2 and 3a
  • converting the climbing lane eastbound between junction 3a and 3 to a permanent traffic lane and retaining the hard shoulder
  • between junctions 4 and 3a the motorway will have 3 lanes and a hard shoulder; this is designed to tie in with the existing M6 junction 5 to 8 smart motorway
  • installing new electronic information signs, signals and CCTV cameras - these will be used to vary speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • installing 9 emergency refuge areas to use in place of the hard shoulder
  • improving the central reserve and adding a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • adding new noise barriers in built up areas

In addition to the main smart motorway scheme we have been commissioned by HS2 to improve junction 4. This will include increasing the number of lanes to aid the flow of traffic for the proposed Birmingham Interchange Station. This work is scheduled to begin in Autumn 2017.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduced congestion by smoothing the flow of traffic to improve journey times and make them more reliable
  • facilitate economic growth within the region, by providing much needed capacity on the motorway
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways, which already are among the safest roads in the world

Environmental impact

Ecological mitigation work is continuing, including the relocation of Great Crested Newts within the Highways boundary during spring 2018.

We have undertaken an environmental assessment that covers topics including noise and vibration, air quality, ecology and visual impacts. The results are presented in an Environmental Study Report and we will describe the measures we will take to minimise impact and enhance the environment. Appendices are available on request by emailing the project team.

Project media files and documents

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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

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