M42 junction 6

We are making safety and capacity improvements to this important strategic route to support economic growth and planned development in the region.

Start date Started
End date 2024-25
Cost £282 million

Latest updates

  • 21 January 2021

    Virtual public information events - January 2021

    Over the next few weeks, you’ll probably notice more activity on our scheme. To help you understand we’re holding our third and final virtual public event on Saturday 23 January.

    We can’t meet face-to-face due to following government advice on COVID-19.

    We will run the event just like traditional public events, with information on construction timelines, roadworks and closures, and community engagement. You’ll also be able to ask us questions to make sure you have answers to what matters most to you.

    To take part all you need to do is click on the link for the event.

    Public information event date

    Saturday 23 January 10-12 noon

    We’d also love to hear your feedback on the virtual events so that we can make them better for the future. Click here to take part in our short survey.

    To make sure you can find out the information you need, we’ll also be running a service via telephone where you can leave a message for us and someone from the project team will call you back. This will be during daytime hours. The service will be live from 9am on Wednesday 20 January through to 5pm on Monday 25 January. Please call 08081964502 and leave your contact details where someone will be in touch.

  • 21 August 2020

    Scheme running to schedule

    We’re working hard to deliver this vital upgrade of the junction and we’re committed to opening this scheme to traffic in 2024 within our original timeframe, which is what we have always been working towards. Once this scheme is complete, it will support economic growth and alleviate congestion by making journeys smoother for motorists.

  • 22 May 2020

    Development consent order - granted on 21 May 2020

    The M42 Junction 6 Development Consent Order (DCO) on 21 May 2020 was granted consent by the Secretary of State.

    This is great news for this scheme near Solihull as it means we can start to make safety and capacity improvements to this important strategic route which, once complete, will support economic growth and planned development in the region.

    Further details on the: Order (DCO as Made by the Secretary of State); Secretary of State Decision Letter; Recommendation Report; and Notification of decision letter; can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website for the scheme.

  • 02 March 2020

    Construction to start later this year

    We’ll be starting main construction on this scheme later this year. We’ve already carried out some preliminary work earlier this year in readiness of the Development Consent Order being granted.

    We have successfully completed demolition of Heath End House on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull) and carried out vegetation clearance in Bickenhill, beside the A45 Coventry Road and near Haven Caravan Park. We are continuing with the planned activities and in the coming weeks we will be working on:

    • near to Haven Caravan Park on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull)
    • on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull) carrying out investigation and survey work
    • along the A45 Coventry Road carrying out investigation and survey works
    • undertaking various ecology surveys and the establishment of baseline noise levels in areas where future construction work is planned

Project information


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

We will construct a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road – aligned to the west of Bickenhill – between the A45 Clock Interchange. We’ll also build a new junction 5A on the M42 motorway approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull).

We’ll also be making journeys smoother and more reliable by building a new junction 5A on the M42 motorway which is located approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull).

And two new roundabouts will also be installed north of B4102 Solihull Road that will be positioned either side of the M42 motorway. Pedestrians will also benefit from the scheme with a new overbridge being put in place above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel.

Once complete motorists will benefit from smoother journeys and the work will support economic growth.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • ensure the safe and reliable operation of the road network
  • increase the capacity at junction 6, reducing congestion
  • improve access to key businesses and locations such as Birmingham Airport and support economic growth in the area
  • improve access for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable users of the network


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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