M6 junction 10 improvement

M6 junction 10 congestion affects the local community and businesses, particularly during morning and evening peak times. The improvements will ease congestion and reduce journey times for the thousands of drivers who use it every day.

Start date January - March 2020
End date 2022-23
Cost £78 million

Latest updates

  • 06 October 2021

    Upcoming Full Sunday Closure

    We’ll be closing the M6 within junction 10 from 8pm on Saturday 9 October until 6am on Monday 11 October. This extended road closure will allow us to lift over half of the bridge deck panels into place over the beams. The same ‘up and over’ diversion route which we used during our full weekend closures will be in place. Please plan your journeys in advance and avoid the M6 in this area if possible. Long delays are expected.

    We’re also closing the M6 between the exit and entry slip roads at the junction, between 8pm and 6am, every week night (Monday to Friday) until 20 October. These closures are to install the remaining bridge deck panels.

  • 30 September 2021

    M6 junction 10 - Weekend Closure Completion

    We’ve successfully lifted our steel beams into place to form the new South Bridge as part of our M6 junction 10 improvement scheme. The work was carried out safely over the weekend of 24 – 27 September 2021.

    We reopened both M6 carriageways earlier than planned and we’d like to thank those who followed our travel advice in finding alternative routes this weekend. We appreciate the patience and understanding of those whose journeys were delayed because of this important work. 

    Following the full weekend closure, we’ll still need to continue works on the new bridge using the same ‘up and over’ diversion route. From Monday 27 September, we’ll start to install the bridge deck panels. We’ll close the M6 between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 10, between 8pm and 6am, every week night (Monday to Friday) until 20 October.

    In addition to this we plan to close this section of motorway from 8pm on Saturday 9 October until 6am on Monday 11 October. This extended road closure will allow us to lift over half of the bridge deck panels into place over the beams. The ‘up and over’ diversion will be in place for all upcoming road closures.

    The following drone footage showcases the M6 South beams that were lifted into place during the weekend closure.

  • 13 September 2021

    M6 junction 10 - Weekend Closure

    We’re closing the M6 in both directions between the junction 10 exit and entry slip roads to lift our south bridge beams into place. An ‘up and over’ diversion will be in place.

    We’ll put the closure in place from 8pm southbound and 11pm northbound on Friday 24 September and will reopen the motorway before 6am on Monday 27 September.

    Watch David Reed, our Project Manager providing some travel advice if you need to travel over that weekend.

  • 07 September 2021

    Weekend Closure - Friday 24 September to Monday 27 September 2021

    Earlier this month we successfully lifted the five 44-metre-long beams, each beam weighing 130 tonnes into place as part of the new bridge across the north of the junction.

    As part of the continuing work to improve M6 junction 10, we’ve now set a date to lift the south bridge beams into place.

    We’ll need to close the M6 motorway in both directions between the junction 10 exit and entry slip roads from Friday 24 September to Monday 27 September 2021.

    We appreciate there are events taking place across the Midlands over this closure weekend. We’re working closely with major event organisers such as, Birmingham Pride and The FA to manage traffic levels for the planned weekend closure.

    Due to the nature and complexity of the operation, we’ve also scheduled a contingency weekend of 8 to 10 October 2021, should we not be able to go ahead at the end of September due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions.

    Following the installation of the beams, we’ll continue to build the new bridge. To maintain a safe working environment for our workforce and motorists, we’ll use a mixture of overnight and daytime closures to complete our work.

    From Monday 27 September, we’ll start to install the bridge deck panels. We’ll close the M6 between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 10, between 8pm and 6am, every week night (Monday to Friday) until 20 October.

    In addition to this we plan to close this section of motorway from 8pm on Saturday 9 October until 6am on Monday 11 October. This extended road closure will allow us to lift over half of the bridge deck panels into place over the beams. The ‘up and over’ diversion will be in place for all upcoming road closures.

    Diversion routes

    We’ll divert M6 traffic up and over the junction during both road closures.

    Please expect severe delays and avoid the area if possible. If you’re planning to use the M6 to head north to south or south to north, please consider using alternative routes like the M1.

    You may also wish to consider using the M6 Toll as an alternative route to the M6 on this occasion. Please note the usual toll fees will apply. Local roads in the surrounding area are likely to experience significant delays.

    If you’re making a local journey, please consider using public transport wherever possible, or walking or cycling for shorter trips. For information on public transport, you can visit the Network West Midlands Transport Planner. During this time, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

    Here’s a digital postcard which includes a plan of the diversion route

    M6 junction 19 roundabout closure

    Please note, we’re planning to close the M6 junction 19 roundabout from 9pm Saturday 25 September until 6am Monday 27 September. There will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Mainline motorway traffic will continue to run in both directions.

  • 02 September 2021

    M6 junction 10 - Overnight Closure up to 5 weeks

    The full closure over the weekend between 6 and 9 August was a success and we’d like to thank our customers for your patience during this time.

    Over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to close the M6 at junction 10 overnight between the exit and entry slip roads, Monday to Friday only, from 8pm to 6am. These closures have been in place since the 10 August and will remain up until 17 September 2021.

    This is so that we can install the North bridge deck, following the steel beams being lifted into place. The diversion route will be in place between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday and will divert traffic up and over. Traffic will exit the motorway at junction 10 and re-join via the junction 10 entry slip road.

    Please see the following map of the diversion route below:

    A map of the M6 junction 10 diversion route

     

  • 02 September 2021

    A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound Overnight weekday Closures

    The A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound, between the KFC and M6 junction 10, will be closed overnight, weekdays only (Monday to Friday) from 10pm on 6 September to 6am on 23 September 2021. 

    You’ll still be able to access the KFC and the Village Hotel as usual.

    On 13 and 14 September, we’ll also need to close the northbound entry slip at M6 junction 10.

    Traffic will be diverted past M6 junction 10 and will exit at M6 junction 7. Traffic will re-enter onto M6 carriageway via the roundabout to travel northbound.

    For more information please see the diversion route below. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.

  • 20 August 2021

    M6 junction 10 - Post-closure survey

    Following our successful north bridge beam lift, completed August 2021, we would like to thank everybody who followed our travel advice. We listen to our customers and your feedback helps us to continually improve, so we’re inviting you all to complete our short, anonymous survey.

    The purpose of this post-closure survey is for individuals to provide feedback on how they found our communications and messaging leading up to and during the weekend closure. Feedback provided will be taken into account and inform our communications in any future closures we complete.

    You can complete our M6 junction 10 Post-closure survey here.

  • 10 August 2021

    M6 junction 10 - Weekend Closure Completion

    We’ve successfully lifted our steel beams into place to form the new North Bridge as part of our M6 junction 10 improvement scheme. The work was carried out safely over the weekend of 6 – 9 August 2021.

    We’d like to thank those who followed our travel advice in finding alternative routes and appreciate the patience and understanding of those whose journeys were delayed because of this important work. 

    Following the full weekend closure, we’ll still need to continue works on the new bridge for up to 5 weeks, using the same ‘up and over’ diversion route. Closures will be Monday to Friday, from 8pm until 6am, although we’ll aim to be off the network sooner to avoid commuter traffic.

    See details of the diversion route below. Click on the image to open the plan in a larger size.

    diversion routes

    The following time-lapse video shows the M6 North Beam lift weekend closure from start to finish.

     

  • 02 August 2021

    Weekend Closure - Friday 6 August to Monday 9 August 2021

    We understand that recent postponements of the M6 junction 10 improvement work may have reduced confidence in the rescheduled date, and we apologise about the disruption and delays this has caused. We would like to give reassurance that we have put measures in place to avoid this happening again. The steel beams are now in the Midlands, so traffic routes are no longer a risk. There are only 4 cranes in the country that can facilitate a lift of this size, and they are in high demand. For this new date we have the crane committed to arrive on site over 24 hours early to allow some contingency.

    The beam lift has been rescheduled to take place from 8pm on Friday 6 August 2021 to 6am on Monday 9 August 2021. We’ll divert M6 traffic up and over the junction. 

    Following the full weekend closure, we’ll still need to continue works on the new bridge for up to 5 weeks. Closures will be Monday to Friday, from 8pm until 6am, although we’ll aim to be off the network sooner to avoid commuter traffic. See details of diversion route below.

    Diversion Routes

    We’ll divert M6 traffic up and over the junction, during both closures.

    Please expect long delays and avoid the area if possible. If you’re planning to use the M6 to head north to south or south to north, please consider using alternative routes like the M1.

    You may also wish to consider using the M6 Toll as an alternative route to the M6 on this occasion. Please note that the usual toll fees will apply. Local roads in the surrounding area are likely to experience significant delay.

    If you’re making a local journey, you may wish to consider using public transport wherever possible, or walking or cycling for shorter trips. For information on public transport, please visit the Network West Midlands Transport Planner. During this time, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

    Here is a plan of the diversion. Click on the image to open the plan in a larger size.

    diversion routes

  • 29 July 2021

    A454 Wolverhampton Road Westbound Overnight Closures

    The A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound, between the KFC and M6 junction 10, will be closed overnight from 10pm to 6am on 2 to 5 August 2021. 

    We’ll be removing the permanent barrier and replacing it with a temporary barrier to support works at that location. You’ll still be able to access the KFC and the Village Hotel as usual.

    We are finalising our plans to install the bridge beams and will be announcing the new dates shortly.

    For more information please see the diversion route below. We apologise for any disruption this may cause.

  • 23 July 2021

    Bloxwich Lane - overnight closures

    From 26 to 30 July, we’ll close Bloxwich Lane from Wolverhampton Road east junction to Anson Bridge overnight from 10pm to 5am.

    This is so we can carry out work on the splitter island in preparation for surfacing works.

    Thanks for your patience while we carry out this important work. We assure you that we’ll work hard to complete the work quickly and keep disruption to a minimum.

    Please follow the diversion route via Green Lane.

  • 16 July 2021

    Weekend Closure 16 - 19 July 2021 - Postponement

    Our planned closure of junction 10 of the M6 this weekend has been postponed.

    Due to circumstances out of our control, the specialist 750-tonne crane needed to lift these 44m-long steel bridge beams into place is not now available this weekend.

    We understand people need to plan their journeys and apologise for any confusion caused. It is with heavy hearts that we have been forced to delay this important work but we need to use the specialist, high-capacity crane to lift the five braced pairs of beams weighing between 90 to 120 tonnes each.

    It is hoped the beam lift can take place within the next few weeks and a new date will be announced shortly.

  • 13 July 2021

    Weekend Closure - Friday 16 July to Monday 19 July

    We are currently undertaking a major operation to lift 44m-long steel bridge beams into place across the M6 in the West Midlands. To do this safely, the M6 will be closed in both directions at junction 10 on the weekend of 16 to 19 July to enable the beams to be put in place, creating a new bridge over the motorway. 

    The work marks a significant milestone in the £78 million transformation of the Walsall junction. The scheme will replace the 50-year-old bridges currently in place across the M6 and double the number of lanes around the junction from two to four.  We are working with Walsall Council, supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, to fund the congestion-busting upgrade and our contractor John Sisk & Son is carrying out the work.    

    Both carriageways of the motorway will be closed from 8pm on Friday 16 July until 6am on Monday 19 July to ensure the safety of workers and road users. There will be an ‘up and over’ diversion for traffic which will leave the motorway at junction 10, travel over the roundabout and then re-join the M6 on the other side.  The work was due to place at the beginning of July but was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances impacting on the delivery of the beams. 

    During the weekend, please expect long delays and avoid the area if possible. If you’re planning to use the M6 to head north to south or south to north, please consider using alternative routes like the M1. You may also wish to consider using the M6 Toll as an alternative route to the M6 on this occasion. Please note that the usual toll fees will apply. Local roads in the surrounding area are likely to experience significant delay. If you’re making a local journey, you may wish to consider using public transport wherever possible, or walking or cycling for shorter trips. For information on public transport, please visit the Network West Midlands Transport Planner.

    Watch David Reed, our Project Manager giving some advice if you need to travel over that weekend.

     

    For live traffic updates follow the @HighwaysWMIDS Twitter feed. The Highways England 24/7 customer contact centre team can also provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000. 

  • 22 June 2021

    Overnight closures

    We need to close the A454 Black Country Route Westbound overnight from 10pm to 5am from 21 to 25 June.

    We’ll also close the dedicated left lane from Tempus Drive (The Village Hotel) westbound to A454 Wolverhampton Road from 21 to 25 June. To re-join the A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound the diversion route will be to Reedswood roundabout and back. The closure will not affect access into the village retail park.

    The following weekend, the A454 Black Country Route Eastbound will be closed overnight from 10pm to 5am from 26 to 27 June.

    Diversion routes are below.

  • 16 June 2021

    Weekend closure - virtual events

    [Postponed]

    Our £78 million-pound transformation of M6 junction 10 has reached a milestone as we’re lifting the first giant bridge beams into place. To put these beams in place, we’ll need to use specialist cranes, some 50 metres high. This is a large task and to do this work safely, we’ll need to close the M6 for the whole weekend.

    The current bridge is no longer fit for purpose to carry the increasing amounts of traffic we have seen over the past few decades. We’ll replace the bridge with a new four-lane bridge. Once all the work is complete, this will allow more vehicles to cross the junction, improving journey times.

    We’ll close the M6 in both directions between the junction 10 exit and entry slip roads. We’ll put the closure in place at 8pm on Friday 2 July and will reopen the motorway before 6am on Monday 5 July.

    We’re holding two virtual Microsoft Teams events to give you more detail about the closure and the diversion routes. These will take place on the following and dates times:

    Monday 21 June – starting at 1pm

    Wednesday 23 June – starting at 6pm 

    The events will not last longer than an hour and you will be able to ask questions at the end.

  • 15 June 2021

    Weekend closure - Friday 2 July to Monday 5 July

    [Postponed]

    As part of the improvement work, we’ll replace the two existing bridges with two new, four-lane bridges to increase capacity. We’ll be lifting the beams into place for the new North Bridge, which spans the length of the junction. This is a large task and will involve a team of more than 50 workers.

    To put these beams in place, we’ll need to use specialist cranes, some 50 metres high. To do this work safely, we’ll need to close the M6 for the whole weekend.

    The current bridge is no longer fit for purpose to carry the increasing amounts of traffic we have seen over the past few decades. We’ll replace the bridge with a new four-lane bridge. Once all the work is complete, this will allow more vehicles to cross the junction, improving journey times.

    We’ll close the M6 in both directions between the junction 10 exit and entry slip roads. We’ll put the closure in place at 8pm on Friday 2 July and will reopen the motorway before 6am on Monday 5 July.

    Diversion

    We’re using an ‘up and over’ diversion, which will see traffic leave the motorway at junction 10, travel over the roundabout and then re-join the M6 on the other side of the junction.

    During this time, please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey.

    Here is a plan of the diversion. Click on the image to open the plan in a larger size.

    diversion routes

  • 15 March 2021

    Bloxwich Lane - overnight closures

    From 15 to 19 March, we’ll close Bloxwich Lane overnight from 10pm to 6am.

    This is so we can continue to safely complete the installation of:

    • drainage and telecoms equipment
    • electric cables for the new traffic and street lighting

    Thanks for your patience while we carry out this important work. We assure you that we’ll work hard to complete the work quickly and keep disruption to a minimum.

    We’ll put the following diversion route in place during the closures:  

  • 25 February 2021

    A454 Wolverhampton Road closures

    From 1 to 5 March and 22 to 27 March, we’ll close the A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound from Pleck Road to KFC and Bloxwich Lane overnight from 10pm to 6am.

    Also on 8 March to 12 March 2021 and 29 March to 1 April 2021, we’ll close Wolverhampton Road Eastbound from Bloxwich Lane to Primely Avenue. You will still be able to access the KFC and the Village Hotel as usual.

    This is so we can safely complete work to:

    • install drainage equipment
    • telecomms equipment
    • electric cables for the new traffic and street lighting

    We’ll carry out this work at night because there are fewer vehicles on the road. This means there is less impact to road users.

    Thanks for your patience while we carry out this important work. We assure you that we’ll work hard to complete the work quickly and keep disruption to a minimum.

    We’ll put the following diversion route in place during these closures.

  • 22 February 2021

    One year on

    It’s been just over a year since we started work to improve M6 junction 10. Despite the challenges of last year, we’ve continued the work, following strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    This is a very congested junction. We know how important this work is for drivers, businesses and the local communities. We’ve made good progress and are on track to finish the work in spring 2022.

    The video shows the new bridges beginning to take shape. Once complete, they will double the number of lanes over the M6 at junction 10. We’ll also replace the 50-year-old structures, currently in place.

    We’ve completed the foundations for the bridges. We’re now building the bridge supports either side of the junction. We’ll put the first of the bridge beams in spring. We’ll need to use specialist, 1000-tonne cranes to lift the beams into place.

    This drone footage captures the progress being made on the M6 junction 10 improvements.

Project information

Overview

The M6 junction 10 currently experiences significant congestion and traffic delays, particularly during morning and evening peak times. Road capacity problems have been identified as one of the main transport issues facing the Black Country within the West Midlands Local Transport Plan. 

The congestion includes queuing on the roundabout and the motorway slip roads, the Black Country Route and other roads leading to the junction. The improvements will ease congestion and reduce journey times for the thousands of drivers who use it every day 

We're working collaboratively with Walsall council to deliver the scheme within the current budget and to meet commitments made in our Delivery Plan and Walsall Council’s major transport scheme priorities for the period 2015-19. 

We have a target completion period but we’re working as quickly as possible and expect to complete the improvement work in 2022.

 

Existing M6 Junction 10 layout prior to works starting

Existing M6 Junction 10 layout prior to works starting

 

New M6 Junction 10 layout after work has finished

New M6 Junction 10 layout after work has finished

 

As part of the improvement work we’ll:  

  • replace the two existing bridges with two new, four-lane bridges to increase capacity  
  • widen the existing junction slip roads  
  • improve the slip roads and approaches on the local road network 
  • widen the westbound A454 Black Country Route 

Benefits: 

Provide a freer flowing network by: 

  • reducing congestion on the A454 (Black Country Route and Wolverhampton Road) and other roads linking to the junction 
  • reducing ‘rat-running’ traffic on nearby routes 
  • reducing queuing on the motorway slip roads 

Support economic growth by:

  • improving access to the strategic road network 
  • attracting new business and development to the area 
  • improving links to nearby Enterprise Zone sites and other development sites 

Provide a safe and maintainable network by:

  • replacing the bridges, avoiding major disruptive maintenance work in the future 
  • improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders for crossing the junction safely 

Aerial view of North Bridge March 2021

Aerial view of North Bridge March 2021

Aerial view of South Bridge March 2021

Aerial view of South Bridge March 2021

Aerial view over the Junction March 2021

Aerial view over the Junction March 2021

 

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