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We’ll be replacing the pedestrian footbridge which is located on the A45/A46 Festival Interchange. This is the bridge that spans across the A45 westbound entry slip, which also leads to Baginton Mill Allotments. As the bridge no longer meets the requirements in accordance with current standards, this will need to be replaced. The completed work will also ensure the pedestrian footbridge is significantly higher than its predecessor. The upgrade will extend the life of the bridge, whilst minimising the need for future maintenance.

We’ll work from throughout the day, Monday to Friday. This may also include the occasional Saturday, if required.

Working throughout the day gives added safety to both the road user, and our workforce on site. Our work will be carried out using a combination of full carriageway closures and lane closures.

To remove the bridge safely, we’ll need to close Festival Interchange for a weekend as follows; A46 northbound exit slip, A45 westbound entry slip, and the south west quarter of the gyratory Removing the bridge over the weekend period will ensure traffic counts are significantly lower, reducing the impact to our customers.

Once we’ve removed the bridge, works will then continue under lane closures. This will allow us to complete the necessary work to make way for the installation of the new bridge. As the new bridge is still in the process of being manufactured, we’re unable to give an exact date for when we’re likely to install this. We believe this is likely to take place around late August 2021. As soon as a date is confirmed, we’ll provide a further update. If you’ve not already done so, email us to subscribe to our A46 mailing list.

Alternative pedestrian access can be found by using the controlled pedestrian crossing point just before Stivichall roundabout. This will be fully signed for pedestrians to follow. Access to Baginton Mill Allotments will remain open throughout via Mill Lane. Further to this, access to Leaf Lane and Howes Lane will be maintained at all times.

Our planned road work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. If there are any changes to the programme, we’ll use the black and yellow signs at the side of the road to provide updates.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check our travel updates page.

Diversion

We’ll be resurfacing the A46 northbound between M40 junction 15, and the junction of A46 at the Leek Wootton/Gaveston junction with the A429. The work has been identified following the deterioration of the carriageway. Our resurfacing will include a much deeper treatment than usual which will significantly extend the life of the road and reduce the need for future maintenance. We’ll also be recycling materials on site which will reduce our carbon footprint. The completed work will maintain the safety of the road for road users.

The majority of our work will be carried out under lane closures, and a 24/7 contraflow system.  This has been designed to reduce disruption to customers and ensure the A46 remains open.  We’ll also be working on site 24/7 which will significantly shorten the overall length of time required to complete the work compared to overnight closures. To do this a reduced speed limit of 40-mph will be in place, with speed enforcement.

There will be a number of full carriageway closures to install and remove our traffic management. These will take place overnight when traffic counts are significantly lower.  

Diversion

 

Our work to the most northern end of the A46 at Leek Wootton/Gaveston, will include a simple diversion using the exit and entry slips, also known as a ‘down and under’.

Whilst we work at this location, please expect long delays and avoid the area if possible.

Alternative routes can be found using M40, M42 and M5, or M1 and M45/M6.

There will be restricted access for pedestrians wishing to cross the A46.

We’d also like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to those living close to the work. We’ll return to complete the southbound carriageway at some point throughout 2022/23.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future work along the A46, please subscribe to our mailing list be emailing noreplyA46WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk

We also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check our Travel updates page.

We’ll be treating the surface of the carriageway following the deterioration of the skid resistance. This will include laying a material to increase the roads surface friction, also known as high friction surfacing. We’ll also be replacing bridge joints, road markings and road studs. The completed work will continue to provide a safer road, including clearer road markings.

We’ll work overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. To reduce disruption to customers the work will be delivered in phases as follows:

A49 Much Birch

Surface treatment, full carriageway closures.

A49 Pipe and Lyde

Surface treatment, full carriageway closures.

A49 Greyfriars Bridge and Barton Road junction

Surface treatment and bridge joints, lane closures under contraflow, including local diversion whilst restricting access/egress to Barton Road and St. Nicholas Street.

We’ll also be carrying out maintenance work to the pedestrian crossings at Pipe and Lyde, Wellington Marsh and Wellington junction. Our work will include reinstating the pedestrian crossings to the correct levels to reduce the build-up of standing water on the carriageway. We’ll also work to improve junction markings, and by adding a red centre hatch at Pipe and Lyde. This work will be carried out in phases under 2 and 3-way temporary traffic lights. We’ll work from 15 June to 25 June, Monday to Friday, 8pm to 6am. Please allow additional time for your journey.

Our planned road work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future works along the A49, please subscribe to our mailing list.

We also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check our travel updates pages.

Diversion routes

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We’re planning to carry out some surface treatment on the A458. This will maintain the safety of the road surface. 

We’ll complete all our work during the night, at off-peak times to reduce impact on road users.  

We’ll aim to complete our work between 8.00pm and 6.00am from Monday to Friday. All roads will be open during the day. 

During the works we will keep the A458 open and manage the traffic using two-way traffic lights. The Marche Lane junction will be closed. 

There will be a reduce speed limit of 40mph in place on the A458 eastbound and westbound before and starts of the works. 

During the closure of the junction, a fully signed diversion route will be provided. 

Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Where possible we will update you with signs by the side of the road and via local town and parish councils. All our sites have strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public, they are closely monitored, and the situation is kept under constant review.  

Diversion 

 

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption you may experience during this work. Every effort will be made to manage noise levels to minimise the local impact.  

 

 

We’ll be replacing the footbridge that crosses the A5 at Atherstone. The old footbridge no longer meets the requirements in accordance with current standards, this will be replaced with a bridge that is suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. Our new footbridge will be built in close proximity to the already existing structure. Once built, this will continue to provide a safe crossing point over the A5 for pedestrians, cyclists and school children. This will also reduce the need for any future maintenance to be carried out to the bridge itself for many years to come.

To reduce disruption to customers, the work will be delivered in phases as follows;

Phase 1, these are our advanced works which will include vegetation clearance, and the installation of the contraflow which will be used throughout Phase 2. During this time, our traffic management will be in place between Holly Lane roundabout and Mancetter roundabout using a combination of lane closures and full carriageway closures.

Phase 2, these are our main works which will allow us to build the foundations and supports for the new steel footbridge. Once these are in place, we’ll then be ready to install the new steel footbridge which spans across the A5. Most of our work will be carried out under lane closures, this will ensure the A5 remains open for the majority of our works, resulting in less disruption to our customers. However, there will be times when we have to close the A5 to install the new footbridge. For further updates, we would request that customers sign up to our A5 mailing list by emailing noreplyA5WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk. We’ll provide additional information and traffic management bulletins as the works progress. Further to this, we’ll also write to customers again once the specific dates have been confirmed. The old pedestrian footbridge will be demolished at a time that is convenient to do so, resulting in minimal disruption to the local community.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

 

We’re planning to renew the road markings and reflective studs on A5 Emstrey roundabout and leading roads. This will ensure the markings are clear, maintaining the safety of road users.

Our contractors, Kier, will carry out this work on our behalf in two phases. 

Phase 1: North half of the roundabout closed including access from A5 eastbound, B4380 (Thieves Lane) and A5064 (London Road).

Phase 2: South half of the roundabout closed including access from A5 westbound and B4380 (Emstrey Bank).

We will complete all our work during the night, between 8pm and 6am from Monday to Wednesday, at off-peak times to reduce impact on road users.

All the roads will be open as normal during the day.  

Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Where possible we will update you with signs by the side of the road and via local town and parish councils. All our sites have strict safeguarding measures, in line with Public Health England guidance, to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public, they are closely monitored, and the situation is kept under constant review.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption you may experience during this work. Every effort will be made to manage noise levels to minimise the local impact.

Further Information

If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000. You can also visit our Travel updates page.

Diversion route

 

We’re planning to replace the safety barrier along the A5 eastbound carriageway between Preston Boats roundabout and M54 junction 7. This will ensure the safety of the road is maintained for all users. We’ll also be carrying out any other maintenance required in the area.

Our contractors, Kier, will carry out this work on our behalf from 28 June and 7 July.

We will complete the work overnight when traffic is lower to reduce the impact on road users and the local economy.

To complete the work safely we’ll need to close the A5 eastbound carriageway between Preston Boats roundabout to M54 junction 7 from 28 June to 7 July, between 8pm-6am.

The A5 westbound carriageway will remain open during the work. The A5 eastbound carriageway will be open as normal during the day.

Diversion route

During the closures a signed diversion route will be in place which has been agreed by the relevant local authorities. Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check our Travel Updates page.

 

We’ll be carrying out maintenance work to the A5 between Mile Oak and Holly Lane. We’ll also be working on the M42 junction 10 roundabout including entry slips, and the M42 northbound between junction 10 and junction 11. Our work will include resurfacing, road markings and the replacement of bridge joints. The completed work will provide a safer road including clearer road markings, and reduce the need for future maintenance.

The majority of our work will be carried out overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. Our work will include the occasional full weekend closure which has been designed to minimise the impact on local businesses. To reduce disruption to our customers, the work will be delivered in phases using a combination of lane closures and full carriageway closures.

During full carriageway closures, we’ll provide a fully signed diversion route. Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journey. Our planned road work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Access to and from frontages including local businesses will be facilitated via the use of escort vehicles and marshals. Access for the emergency services will be maintained throughout.

A weekly traffic management bulletin will be issued to customers including closures and diversions as the work progresses. If you’d like to receive these updates, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing noreplyA5WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk.      

We’d also like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to those living close to the work. We’ll make every effort to carefully manage noise levels and additional lighting to minimise the impact.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check the Travel updates page.

We originally planned to complete the work earlier this year, but further maintenance issues were discovered which delayed the work and this was further held up by the pandemic lockdown.

We are creating a safer tunnel by upgrading the emergency communications and fire suppression system. We will also be replacing the panelling inside the tunnel as it has reached the end of its serviceable life.

To complete the work we will need to close the tunnel overnight Sunday – Thursday. Our traffic counts indicate these are the best days to work to minimise impact to the road user. During the day we will keep the tunnel open as usual but a restricted speed limit will be in place.

During the closures we will provide a signed diversion route using the exit slip to the roundabout and down the entry slip.

During the work access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

Diversion route

 

We’re going to be working beneath the M5 viaduct between junction 1 and junction 2, carrying out planned maintenance. This maintenance is a continuous activity that happens beneath the viaducts in the West Midlands to ensure the motorways keep connecting the country.

We’re installing a system that prevents the deterioration of the steel reinforcement which in turn protects the concrete from damage. This reduces the need for future maintenance, meaning less roadworks impacting the motorways.

Our work will be below the viaduct and will have no impact on the M5 itself. The work will take place during the day. We may need some localised overnight closures of roads beneath the viaduct to set up the scaffolding for our work to take place. These will be minimal and diversions only very short. Where the works affect a local road, we will work with the local councils to find the safest and least impactful way to undertake the works.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

Update - 28 May 2021

We now need to work on a section of the viaduct where it passes over the A4031 Spon Lane South. To do this safely we’ll need to close a short section of Spon Lane South underneath the M5 to all traffic except pedestrians.

We’re going to work at weekends to minimise disruption to road users and reduce the impact on the local economy.

We’ll close Spon Lane South from 8pm Friday to 6am Monday. The first weekend closure is planned for Friday 11 June – Monday 14 June. We’ll continue to close the road every weekend until the last weekend closure planned for Friday 20 August – Monday 23 August.

Spon Lane South will be open as normal during the week.

During the weekend closures access to properties within the closure points will be maintained and bus routes will be diverted.

We now need to work on a section of the viaduct where it passes over the A4031 Spon Lane South. To do this safely we’ll need to close a short section of Spon Lane South underneath the M5 to all traffic except pedestrians.

We’re going to work at weekends to minimise disruption to road users and reduce the impact on the local economy.

We’ll close Spon Lane South from 8pm Friday to 6am Monday. The first weekend closure is planned for Friday 11 June – Monday 14 June. We’ll continue to close the road every weekend until the last weekend closure planned for Friday 20 August – Monday 23 August.

Spon Lane South will be open as normal during the week.

During the weekend closures access to properties within the closure points will be maintained and bus routes will be diverted.

We’re planning to resurface both the northbound and southbound carriageways of the M5 between junction 3 and junction 4a. We’ll also be carrying out any other maintenance required in the area, including essential safety barrier replacement. This work will provide a smoother surface and maintain the safety of the motorway for all road users.

We will complete the majority of work overnight when traffic is lower to reduce the impact on road users and the local economy. At times we’ll need to reduce the M5 to 2 lanes 24 hours a day to maintain the safety of structures, workforce and the public while we replace the safety barrier. We’ll complete our work Monday to Friday.

We’ll work in the following phases to reduce the impact of our work:

  • 22 June to 2 July: M42 southbound to M5 northbound link road closed 9pm-6am
  • 5 July: M5 northbound closed between junction 4 and junction 3 including Frankley Services (north) to establish 2 lanes running
  • 6 July to 23 July: M5 northbound between junction 4 and Frankley Services reduced to 2 lanes 24/7
  • 5 July to 15 July: M42 southbound to M5 southbound link road closed 9pm-6am
  • 16 July to 26 July: M5 northbound closed between junction 4a and junction 3 including Frankley services (north) 9pm-6am
  • 23 July: M5 northbound closed between junction 4 and junction 3 including Frankley Services (north) to restore the carriageway to full capacity 9pm-6am
  • 28 July to 6 August: M5 southbound closed between junction 3 and junction 4a including Frankley Services (south) 9pm-6am
  • 9 August and 10 August: M5 junction 4 east half of circulatory closed including access from and to M5 south, A38 Birmingham Road and A38 Halesowen road 9pm-6am
  • 11 August and 12 August: M5 junction 4 west half of circulatory closed including access from and to M5 north and A491 Sandy Lane 9pm-6am

The M5 and M42 will remain open as normal during the day unless advised.

During the closures a signed diversion route will be in place which has been agreed by the relevant local authorities. Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

We’ll be resurfacing the M5 junction 8 roundabout, including the northbound and southbound exit slips. The work has been identified following the deterioration of the carriageway. We’ll also be replacing the road markings and road studs. The completed work will provide a smoother surface and safer road, including clearer road markings.

Our work will be carried out overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. To reduce disruption to customers, the work will be delivered in phases as follows:

Phase 1 – Full closure of the M5 junction 8 southbound exit slip, and the eastern side of the roundabout, including Roadchef M5 Strensham Services southbound only.

Phase 2 – Full closure of the M5 junction 8 northbound exit slip, and the western side of the roundabout.

There will be no traffic management in place over the bank holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

Our planned road work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future works along the M5, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing noreplyM5WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk.  

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

We’re planning to refresh the road markings and replace the temporary signage with permanent signs which meet the required standards at M6 junction 8. We’ll also be carrying out any other maintenance required in the area to reduce future closures in the area. This will provide clearer road markings and signage through the junction and will be more familiar to occasional users of the motorways. This will maintain the safety of road users in the future.

We will complete all work overnight when traffic is lower to reduce the impact on road users and the local economy.

We’ll need to close the M6 southbound between junction 10 and junction 7 overnight to carry out the work.

We’ll complete the work between the hours of 22:00 and 6:00, Monday to Friday.

During the closures signed diversion routes will be in place. Please see the diversion map for details. Access to emergency service vehicles will be maintained during the work.

Junction 8 will be open as normal from M6 northbound to the M5 and from the M5 northbound. The M6 northbound will not be affected during the closures.

The M6 will be open for use as normal through the day.

Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Where possible we will update you with signs by the side of the road and updates to local councils.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

For up to date details of closures please check our travel updates pages.

Diversion route

 

We’ll be carrying out some routine maintenance work to the bridge that runs over the Oxford Canal (Nettlehill Viaduct) between M6 junction 1 and junction 2. This will include replacing the bridge joints as they have reached the end of their serviceable life. At the same time, we’ll also be installing carriageway vehicle detection loops. These have been designed to detect traffic on the carriageway, set messages on the variable messaging signs, and to advise of road and traffic conditions including incidents ahead. The completed work will continue to provide a safer road to customers, and reduce the need to return for future maintenance at this location any time soon.

We’ll work overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. To reduce disruption to our customers, the majority of our work will be carried out under lane closures. However, there will be times when we have to close the carriageway fully.

No traffic management will be in place over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday to Monday).

Our closures are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Any changes we will provide updates using the black and yellow signs.

Diversions:

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users.


We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

For up to date details of planned closures and roadworks please check our travel updates section.

We’re planning to resurface both the southbound carriageway of the M42 within junction 3A. We’ll also be carrying out any other maintenance required in the area. This work will provide a smoother surface and maintain the safety of the motorway for all road users.

We’ll complete our work overnight when traffic is lower to reduce the impact on road users and the local economy. We’ll complete our work Monday to Friday.

To complete the work safely we’ll need to close the M42 southbound from the J3A exit slip to the entry slip from the M40 northbound carriageway.

The M40 northbound carriageway to both the M42 northbound and M42 southbound will remain open during the work.

The M42 and M40 will remain open as normal during the day.

During the closures a signed diversion route will be in place which has been agreed by the relevant local authorities. Our dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

Diversion route

We’ll be resurfacing targeted areas of the M50. The work has been identified following the deterioration of the carriageway. We’ll also be replacing the road markings and road studs. The completed work will provide a smoother surface and safer road, including clearer road markings.

Our work will take place within a full carriageway closure of the M50 eastbound. These closures will take place for one full weekend and then overnight Monday to Friday.

Our planned road work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Diversion route

As part of our Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2): 2020-2025, we’ll continue to invest in the M50. We’ll be replacing sections of the safety barrier between junction 4 and junction 1. We also need to upgrade the netting on the rock slopes between junction 4 and junction 3. We envisage these works will take place throughout Summer/Autumn 2021. We’ll write to customers again nearer the time, and provide updates using our M50 traffic management updates and bulletins.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future works along the M50, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing noreplyM50WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

We’ll be trialling intelligent street lighting over a short period of time on the Longbridge/M40 junction 15 roundabout. The project aims to create a Smart Luminaire which is capable of the usual functions of a street light, but will also include technology to support autonomous vehicles. This is a proof of concept, which will host Wi-Fi enabled technology for communicating with autonomous vehicles in the future. The trial will not impact the road user directly, the only visible difference or noticeable change will be improved LED lighting.

The installation of the Smart Luminaires will take place overnight during the first 2 weeks, Monday to Friday. This will include lane closures, and a small diversion whilst we work at the northern side of the roundabout. The installation of the Smart Luminaires will include the replacement of the lighting head itself, and not the lighting column. Once installed, there will be no traffic management in place at this location.

There will be no autonomous vehicles trialled on the Strategic Road Network (SRN) as part of this proof of concept stage.

We’ll return to decommission the technology at the end of the trial. This will again include lane closures, and a small diversion whilst we work at the northern side of the roundabout. The LED lighting will remain in place at this location permanently.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

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