M6 junction 13 to junction 15 smart motorway
We're upgrading the busy 28km stretch of the M6 between junction 13 at Stafford and Junction 15 near Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent to make it a smart motorway.
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The M6 between junctions 13 and 15 is one of the busiest sections of road in the UK. It is used by over 127,000 vehicles per day and suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods. Congestion on this stretch of motorway also impacts on local roads. The scheme will reduce congestion, remove major bottlenecks and improve journey time reliability which will help businesses in the area to be more efficient.
The scheme will involve:
- permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junctions to accommodate this
- new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
- emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
- the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
- nearly 2km of new noise barriers in built up areas
- upgrades to Dunston and Norton railway bridges
- widening of Creswell Viaduct
- demolition of the redundant Creswell Home Farm bridge
- minor improvements to Junction 15
We’ve made an assessment of the environmental impact and found that there will be no long term significant effects. There will be some temporary effects during construction to changes in views, construction noise, disruption to road users and a very minimal loss of habitat. We’ll ensure these effects are minimised as much as possible. The issues considered are:
- air quality, noise and visual impacts in relation to nearby housing
- the Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Doxey and Tillington Marshes and Kings and Hargreave’s woods
- protected species and habitats including bats, badgers and great crested newts
- the setting of conservation areas and heritage assets such as Trentham Park
- public rights of way