M6 junctions 16-19: smart motorway

Improving the M6 motorway between junction 16 (Crewe) and junction 19 (Knutsford) by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  North West
Start date:  2015/16
Cost:  £192 to £274 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2018/19
Programme:  North West smart motorways

Progress report

Work is continuing to progress well on the M6 smart motorway project between junctions 16 (Crewe) and 19 (Knutsford).

We have completed the installation of the new concrete safety barrier in the central reserve between junction 19 and junction 16 and have switched the traffic management to the motorway verges.

Lane 4 between junctions 16 to 17 has now been resurfaced and our teams are currently working in the motorway verge along the whole length of the works.

The verge work activities involve:

  • carrying out an extensive upgrade of the existing drainage system
  • replace and renew existing manholes and associated drainage
  • constructing 18 new emergency areas (EA) between junctions 18 and 19
  • installing a new cable ducting system for power and fibre cables
  • strengthening protection works to the over bridge structures that span the motorway
  • construct foundations for the new gantries
  • install overhead gantries and 258 electronic signs
  • install 70 CCTV cameras to provide full CCTV coverage

To see more images of the scheme's progress, view our gallery.

What next?

We are currently installing new gantries between junctions 18 and 19. Once we have completed this section we will continue to install the new gantry signage south of junction 18 towards junction 16 over the next few months.

For details of upcoming planned closures you can check our roadworks feed or view diversion routes.

Timeline

Date Event
July 2013 Scheme announced in the Spending Review
2015 Project development phase ends Summer
End December 2015 Construction begins
End March 2019 Construction ends

Community news

The M6 junctions 16 to 19 project has a customer information stand at both Holmes Chapel and Sandbach Libraries where you can:

Holmes Chapel library is located at 29 London Rd, Holmes Chapel, Crewe CW4 7AP.

Sandbach library is at The Commons, Sandbach CW11 1FJ.

The information stand is marked by a pop up Highways England banner and is located just inside the main library area.

The digital version of the May newsletter is now available.

Why we need this scheme

This section of the M6 currently suffers from excessive congestion and unreliable journey times.

Whilst we are building the new smart motorway our priority is the safety of the travelling public and our workforce, so we have installed narrow lanes, a 50mph speed restriction, CCTV coverage and average speed cameras. As there is no hard shoulder we operate a ‘free vehicle recovery service’ between junction 16 Crewe and junction 19 Knutsford. If your vehicle stops in the narrow lanes, our CCTV control room will identify you and send out the recovery team, so please await rescue. The recovery team will take you and your vehicle to the nearest service area where you will then need to organise how to continue your onward journey.

The scheme in detail

We are improving a 20 miles (32km) stretch of the M6 motorway between Junction 16 (Crewe) and Junction 19 (Knutsford) by converting the existing motorway into an “All Lane Running” Smart Motorway.

This is a motorway where all 4 lanes are open to traffic, with regular refuge areas available for emergency use in place of a hard shoulder. The latest technology is used to monitor the traffic flow and set speed limits to maintain a constant traffic flow.

During these works we will convert the hard shoulder permanently in to a traffic lane.

Aims

The objectives of the proposed scheme are to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times and make journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth by providing much needed capacity on the motorway, reducing the cost of delays to commuters and business traffic
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using Smart Motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts of the scheme

Our environmental team have been working hard to minimise any disturbance to badgers, including providing an artificial sett. As badgers are a protected species any monitoring has to be carried out under a licence issued by Natural England.

Great crested newts are also a protected species and our ecologists have carried out surveys of potential habitats. We have installed newt fencing in areas where we found evidence of great crested newts. The fencing allows us to safely trap and relocate the great crested newts under licence from Natural England.

This scheme is wholly located within an existing motorway and our research has indicated that no significant environmental effects are predicted. This means we are not required to produce an Environmental Impact Assessment.

However, we feel we have a duty of care and want to protect the environment and local communities. So we have produced an Environmental Assessment Report to identify, manage and monitor the effects of all our major developments.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J18 and J17 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:21 on 18 September 2018 to 06:00 on 27 September 2018.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:35 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J18 and J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:18 on 18 September 2018 to 06:00 on 27 September 2018.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 8:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:10 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J19 . 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 25 September 2018 to 23 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:10 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 3:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J18 and J17 . 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 24 September 2018 to 27 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 3:04 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Schedule : From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 6 October 2018.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Schedule : From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Schedule : From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2018 to 03:00 on 28 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J17 and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 September 2018 to 06:00 on 1 October 2018.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at Sandbach Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J17 and J16 . 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 26 September 2018 to 1 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm

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