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 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 10:52 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2020 to 8 January 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 January 2020 to 06:00 on 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2020 to 8 January 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 January 2020 to 06:00 on 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:50 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 13 December 2019 to 06:00 on 23 February 2020.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 8:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:32 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to M42/A446. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2019 to 06:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 December 2019 to 06:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 9:25 am
Location : The A446 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 December 2019 to 05:00 on 16 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:03 on 5 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2019 to 06:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 18 December 2019 to 06:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 December 2019 to 06:00 on 9 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2020 to 8 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 9 January 2020 to 06:00 on 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:00 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2019 to 01:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2020 to 8 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 9 January 2020 to 06:00 on 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A435 northbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 11:57 on 24 October 2019 to 06:00 on 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 December 2019 to 05:00 on 16 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2019 to 06:00 on 20 February 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 January 2020 to 8 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 9 January 2020 to 06:00 on 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 January 2020 to 06:00 on 13 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2019 to 06:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A446 northbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A435 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm

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