M40/M42 interchange: smart motorway

Improving the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 junction 3 and 4 and M40 junction 16 by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  ¬£133 million - ¬£312 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Smart motorways

Progress report

We're currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.

The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with 'All Lane Running'. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing four lanes for traffic. Regular emergency areas will be constructed in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of the scheme's design stage, we'll assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the smart motorway operating system best suited to this section of road.

We'll also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

We aim to complete the second design stage by the end of May 2019.

What's next?

The final phase of design will begin in summer 2019.

Why we need this scheme

The M40/M42 interchange is very important for local traffic and forms an important link for long distance traffic travelling between London and Scotland.

Congestion already occurs frequently at peak times at the interchange. Major new developments are planned in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, including a number of Enterprise Zones. This will only increase demands on the junction.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduce congestion and delays
  • improve journey time reliability
  • maintain a high standard of safety
  • support economic growth and job creation

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 9 June 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:43 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2019 to 06:00 on 9 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:43 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2019 to 06:00 on 9 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:43 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2019 to 06:00 on 9 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:43 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:34 pm
Location : The M6 TOLL southbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:25 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:12 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 June 2019 to 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:12 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 June 2019 to 08:00 on 9 June 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 10 June 2019 to 06:00 on 11 June 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 June 2019 to 08:00 on 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:12 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:45 am
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 southbound . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 20 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 20 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J3A and the M5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 20 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 8:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 1 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 8 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2019 to 12 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 18, 2019, 5:03 am
Location : The A45 eastbound exit slip to the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 7:52 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J3A and the M5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 13 May 2019 to 07:00 on 1 June 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 5:34 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A4177 and the junction with the A429 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 May 2019 to 05:30 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the A4177 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:30 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound entry slip from the A4177 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:30 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 21 May 2019 to 17:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J3A and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 21 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2019 to 31 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 31 May 2019 to 07:00 on 1 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound entry slip from the A429 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 May 2019 to 05:30 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the A452 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 May 2019 to 05:30 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2019 to 06:00 on 30 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 June 2019 to 08:00 on 9 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the A429 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 May 2019 to 05:30 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J4A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A429 and the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 May 2019 to 05:30 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the M40 and the junction with the A429 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:30 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 May 2019 to 06:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A429 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 May 2019 to 05:30 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 May 2019 to 05:30 on 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 May 2019 to 06:00 on 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2019 to 06:00 on 30 May 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 8 June 2019 to 08:00 on 9 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 15 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A46 northbound entry slip from the A452 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 May 2019 to 05:30 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 25 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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