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

  • 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

  • 09 June 2021

    Overnight closures

    We've got some overnight closures planned as part of the improvement work. 

    • Marshland way exit slip westbound - closed overnight from 10pm to 6am on 7 to 18 June 2021. 

    • The A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound, between the KFC and M6 junction 10 - closed overnight from 10pm to 6am on 7 to 18 June 2021.  You’ll still be able to access the KFC and the Village Hotel as usual.

    During the closures, we'll put the following diversion routes in place:

     

     

  • 03 June 2021

    A454 Black Country Route - Eastbound closure

    We'll close the A454 Black Country Route eastbound carriageway overnight from 7pm to 5am on Friday 4 to Sunday 6 June.

    During the day, we'll continue with our work. However, from 6am to 10pm we’ll re-open a single lane on the Black Country Route eastbound.

    During the closure, we'll have a diversion route in place. 

     

  • 24 May 2021

    M6 junction 10 exit slip roads – closures

    We'll close the M6 junction 10 northbound exit slip road overnight from 9pm to 5am on 24 to 27 May.

    We'll divert traffic heading North  to exit at M54 junction 1. Traffic will re-enter onto the M6 southbound carriageway and be able to exit at M6 junction 10.

    The following week, we’ll close the M6 junction 10 southbound exit slip road overnight from 9pm to 5am on 1 to 5 June. 

    We'll divert traffic heading South past M6 junction 10 to exit at M6 junction 7. Traffic will re-enter onto M6 northbound carriageway and will be able to exit at M6 junction 10.

    We apologise for any disruption this may cause.

  • 19 May 2021

    A454 Black Country Route - Westbound Closure

    We need to close the A454 Black Country Route Westbound overnight from 10pm to 6am on the following dates:

    • 24 to 27 May
    • 1 to 4 June

    This is so we can continue to safely complete the following activities:

    • Installation of drainage at Anson junction
    • Removing the temporary barrier.

    When the closures are in place, we'll use the following diversion route. 

     

  • 07 May 2021

    Tempus Drive Closure

    In May, we’ll close the dedicated left lane from Tempus Drive (The Village Hotel) westbound to A454 Wolverhampton Road.

    The closure will take place on the following dates:

    • 13 to 14 May
    • 17 to 19 May

    The closures will be in place 24/7 so we can complete essential gas diversion work.

    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.

  • 20 April 2021

    A454 Black Country Route Eastbound - overnight work

    From 26 April, we’ll need to close lane 1 on the A454 Black Country Route Eastbound and the bus lane on Wolverhampton Road exiting out of Walsall overnight for 6 weeks.

    This is so we can continue to safely finish putting in new drainage. We'll carry out the work overnight from 10pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 27 January 2021

    A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound closure

    The A454 Wolverhampton Road westbound, between the KFC and M6 junction 10, will be closed overnight from 10pm to 6am on 1 and 2 February, and 8 to 10 February 2021. 

    We will be carrying out essential works to install electric cables for the street lighting and traffic signals at the junction. You will still be able to access the KFC and the Village Hotel as usual.

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

  • 21 January 2021

    Vegetation clearance

    In early February, we’ll start removing some trees and shrubs at the roundabout. This will take place at the area by Wolverhampton Road, next to Arnwood Close and the A454 Black Country Route eastbound.

    We need to carry out this work to help us get ready to start widening the junction itself. The work will last for five nights from 10pm to 5am.

    To remove the trees, we’ll need to close a lane on the eastbound carriageway of the A454 Black Country route, heading around the M6 junction 10 roundabout onto Wolverhampton Road West, next to Arnwood Close. During the work, we’ll also need to close the bus lane. We’ll do this at night when there are fewer vehicles on the road. Please see the map for the diversion route details.

    We’ll be using some noisy machines and equipment to carry out the work. Sorry for any disruption this may cause. We’ll make every effort to manage noise to reduce the impact of our work.

     Diversion Route

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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