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We’re planning to work along the A38 between the A50 and the A5 south of Lichfield. The work includes resurfacing, drainage upgrades and bridge repairs. We’ll start in April 2020 and expect to finish by spring 2021.

During the work, we’ll close sections of the A38 overnight at various locations. We’ll put road signs in place ahead of any closures. We’ll also issue a weekly email bulletin to advise of upcoming road closures and the planned diversion routes. If you would like to receive this bulletin, please email: noreplyA38WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk

To provide feedback regarding our work or the information that we have provided you now have the facility to ‘have your say’ by using the following link.

During the closures we provide signed diversion routes. They have been agreed by the relevant local authority.

 

We’ll be replacing the safety barrier, alternatively known as the ‘vehicle restraint system’, along the A40 at Whitchurch.

Our works area is located on the eastbound carriageway between Llangrove Road and the junction of the A40/A4137. As the safety barrier has now reached the end of its serviceable life, this no longer meets the requirements in accordance with current standards. Once replaced, this will extend the life of the safety barrier and significantly reduce the need for any future maintenance. This will also provide a much safer road for road users.

There may also be the need to remove a small number of trees at this location, including vegetation clearance.

We’ll work throughout the day, Monday to Friday. However, may need to work the occasional weekend if required.

The majority of our work will be carried out within a 24/7 lane 1 closure between Llangrove Road and the junction of the A40/A4137. During this time, a reduced speed limit of 40mph will be in place, along with speed enforcement. However, to install and remove our traffic management we’ll need to fully close the A40 eastbound between the A40/A466 roundabout and the junction of the A40/A4137. These closures will take place overnight when traffic counts are lower.

Access to the Shell garage, truck stop, Old Monmouth Road, Llangrove Road and Old Ross Road will remain open throughout (except when operating under full carriageway closures).

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 resurfacing the A46 between M5 junction 9 and Teddington Hands roundabout. 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.

We’ll work overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. To reduce disruption to customers, the work will be delivered within phased closures. Whilst operating under full carriageway closures, we’d request that road users follow the signed diversion at the side of the road.

Phase 1, the A46 will be closed between A46/B4079 Aston Cross and Teddington Hands roundabout.

Phase 2, the A46 will be closed between Northway Lane and A46/B4079 Aston Cross.

Phase 3, the A46 will be closed between M5 junction 9 and Northway Lane.

Access to businesses and frontages that fall directly within our works area (see above), will be facilitated via the use of marshals and escort vehicles. This will ensure added safety to both the road user and workforce at all times.

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future works along the A46, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing noreplyA46WMids@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’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’re following the latest government guidelines and will incorporate any new measures, including social distancing guidance, into our safe workplace planning. All our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public. All major construction projects are closely monitored, and the situation is kept under constant review.

 

We’ve identified 6 sites along the A46 between Teddington Hands roundabout and the junction of Back Lane, where we will be installing equipment to capture energy to power future technology. The aim of this technology is to help inform you about your journey times, road conditions and improve safety, which will allow you to plan your journey better or select alternative routes.

We will work overnight, Monday to Friday. The work will be delivered in phases, and this first phase will concentrate on the delivery of the main groundworks. We will then return to install the masts and technology within a separate phase.

Each site will be constructed using 2-way temporary traffic lights along the A46.

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.

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We’ll be resurfacing the A49 along Holmer Road, Newtown Road and Edgar Street. 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.

We’ll work overnight when traffic counts are lower, Monday to Friday. To reduce disruption to customers, the work will be delivered within phased closures. Whilst operating under full carriageway closures, we’d request that road users follow the signed diversion at the side of the road.

Phase 1- full carriageway closure of A49 Edgar Street between Prior Street and Newtown Road roundabout.

Phase 2- full carriageway closure of A49 Edgar Street between Prior Street and Newtown Road roundabout, including A49 Newtown Road.   

Phase 3- full carriageway closure of A49 Newtown Road.

Phase 4- full carriageway closure of A49 Newtown Road, and A49 Holmer Road between Priory Place roundabout and Halo Hereford Leisure Centre.

Phase 5- full carriageway closure of A49 Holmer Road. 

Parking restrictions will apply whilst we carry out work to Holmer Road. We’ll need full access to the carriageway at this location throughout this phase. An intercom system will be installed outside all properties with a driveway to maintain access/egress throughout. Please allow additional time for your journey. Access to and from frontages that fall directly within our closures will be facilitated with the use of escort vehicles. During closures, we’ll provide a fully signed diversion route. Emergency vehicles will have access throughout.

We’ll also be carrying out additional works in the surrounding area, reducing the need for us to return at a later date . There will be times when we have to extend our traffic management using lane closures to the southern half of Edgar Street and north of Starting Gate roundabout. 

If you’d like to be kept up to date with future works along the A49, please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing noreplyA49WMids@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 replacing the old lighting with new LED lighting that are more energy efficient whilst also requiring less maintenance meaning less disruption to road users in future. We’ll also be renewing all the electrical cabling.

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

We’ll complete the work between the hours of 20:00 and 6:00, Monday to Friday, when traffic counts are lower. We won’t work over the bank holiday.

We’ll need to close the roundabout and the A5 in both directions between Felton Butler roundabout and Wolfshead roundabout. We’ll use traffic lights at Felton Butler to divert traffic through the vehicle test site.

 The A5 eastbound and westbound carriageways as well as Felton Butler roundabout will be 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. 

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 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 planning to resurface the Queensway roundabout where the A50 meets the A500. This will ensure that the roundabout is safer through a smoother surface and clearer road markings.

Work will take place Monday to Saturday between 8pm and 6am. We will work in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: we will close the west half of the roundabout, A500 northbound entry slip from A34 Hanford roundabout and A500 northbound link from Campbell Road A500 exit slip.
  • Phase 2: we will close the east half of the roundabout, A50 eastbound and westbound mainline from A500 to Blurton, A50 westbound entry slips at Foley Road and Trentham Lakes, A500 northbound entry slip from A34 Hanford roundabout, A500 southbound exit slip to Queensway roundabout and A500 entry slip.

During the closures we will provide signed diversion routes. They have been agreed by the relevant local authorities. 

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 planning to resurface the roundabout at M5 Junction 2. We’ll also be renewing the road markings and reflective studs on the roundabout and approaches including from the section from Birchley Island. This will provide a smoother surface and safer journeys through clearer road markings.

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

We’ll work in 2 phases to complete the work. We’ll complete our work Monday to Friday between 8pm and 6am.

24 May – 28 May and 1 June – 11 June, we will need to close all the slip roads and entrances to M5 junction 2 overnight between 8pm-6am.

The M5 carriageways both northbound and southbound will remain open during the work.

M5 Junction 2 will be 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

We’re planning to reinstate M5 junction 4A to its intended layout. We’ll be resurfacing as well as renewing the road markings and reflective studs. This will return the junction to full capacity and help the flow of traffic. The work will also provide a smoother and safer surface for your journeys.

To complete the work we’ll use 2 phases of overnight closures.

First, we’ll need to close the link road between the M42 southbound to the M5 northbound. The M5 northbound will remain open during the work with a lane closure to protect the workforce.

Then we’ll need to close the M5 northbound between junction 5 and junction 4 as well as the link road between the M42 southbound to the M5 northbound

The M5 southbound will remain open during the work. The M5 and M42 will both be open as normal during the day.

During the closures signed diversion routes will be in place which have been agreed with Worcestershire County Council. 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’re upgrading the lighting on the M5 from J1- 4A. We’re replacing the old lighting with new LED lighting that are more energy efficient whilst also requiring less maintenance meaning less disruption to road users in future. The lighting has already been replaced in the areas we have been completing concrete repairs on the Oldbury viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2.

We’ll complete our work Monday to Friday between 21:00 and 6:00. We will keep 2 lanes open whilst we complete the majority of our work between junction 1 and junction 4A. We will only have cones in place in the area where we are working at that time. We intend to start at junction 4A and move north along the M5.

We will need to close the slip roads for 1 night each slip at different times to replace the lights in these areas. We’ll work overnight Monday to Friday.

During the slip road closures we provide signed diversion routes. They have been agreed by the relevant local authority.

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. 

Please note - Our work (due to start on 4 May 2021)  has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We’ll update this page once the revised dates have been confirmed.

We’ll be resurfacing the M5 junction 8 roundabout, including the southbound exit slip, and a small section of the northbound exit slip. 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 northbound exit slip and the west side of the roundabout.

Phase 2 – Full closure of M5 junction 8 southbound exit slip road and the east side of the roundabout, including Roadchef Strensham Services M5 Southbound only.

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.  

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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 renew the road markings and reflective studs on M6 southbound carriageway between junction 6 and junction 5. This will ensure the markings are clear, maintaining the safety of road users.

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

We will complete all our work during the night, between 9pm and 6am from Monday to Friday, at off-peak times to reduce impact on road users.

Due to the nature of the works we will need to close the M6 southbound between junction 6 and junction 5 including junction 6 entry slip during the work. The M6 northbound carriageway will not be affected by the work.

The M6 southbound will be open as normal during the day.  

During the closures a signed diversion route will be in place.

To reduce the impact on our customers whilst we are completing the above works we will also be resurfacing, renewing road markings and studs on the M6 junction 6 south entry slip. This will ensure the markings are clear, maintaining the safety of road users.

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.

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If you have any questions, or if you’d like you know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000. Or you can visit our travel updates pages.

We’re upgrading the lighting on the M69 between M69 J2 and M6 J2 (A46). We’re replacing the old lighting with new LED lighting that are more energy efficient. In turn, this will require less maintenance meaning less disruption to road users in future.

The work to the mainline of the M69 will be carried out under lane closures. However, we’ll be required to close the M69 southbound link to A46 when working at this specific location. A fully signed diversion will be in place (A4600, B4082).

There will be no traffic management in place throughout the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday to Monday).

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. 

Please check our travel updates pages for details of planned roadworks and closures.

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