M54 to M6 link road
This scheme will provide an improved link between the M54 and the M6. Currently, there's no direct motorway link from the M54 to the M6 north. This means high volumes of both long distance and local traffic use the local roads to travel this route.
Following consultation, we have selected a preferred route that provides the highest economic benefits, will provide the greatest journey time savings, has the least impact on ancient woodland, provides the best value for money to taxpayers and is preferred by most of the respondents to the options consultation.
As well as providing an improved link, we also plan to replace M54 J1 and M6 J11.
Road users wanting to access the M6 north or M6 Toll must use local roads such as the A460, A449 and A5. This means high volumes of both long-distance and local traffic use the local roads to travel this route. A large volume of local and long-distance traffic uses the A460, which passes through the villages of Featherstone, Hilton and Shareshill.
The A460 has just one lane in each direction with numerous junctions and stretches of road with a 30mph speed limit. It was not designed for the amount and type of traffic currently using it. This results in delays, congestion and high accident rates. There are also air quality issues in the villages along the A460 due to the high volume of traffic.
The A460 currently carries about 26,500 vehicles each day with heavy goods vehicles making up about 10% of this figure. When the proposed link road is open, it could reduce traffic on the A460 to around 4,000 vehicles each day. This will create a safer and less congested environment for local road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Improving the link between the M54 and the M6 will:
- Provide additional capacity and relieve traffic congestion on the A460, A449, and A5, providing more reliable journey times
- enhance facilities for local residents, pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians
- improve customer journeys from east to west and north to south. This will support local economic growth for Telford, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Tamworth by improving traffic flow and enhanced east-west and north-south routes
- keep the right traffic on the right roads by separating local traffic from long-distance and commuter traffic
Statutory Consultation Brochure
Statutory Consultation Response form
Preliminary Environmental Information Report (Part A)
Preliminary Environmental Information Report (Part B - Figures)
Preliminary Environmental Information Report (Part C - Appendices)
Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Non-Technical
Statement of Community Consultation
Section 47 notice
Section 48 notice
Environmental plan - updated draft November 2019
General arrangement plan - updated draft November 2019
Plan showing draft order limit November 2019 vs statutory consultation