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

Over the last year we have gathered information about the road and the areas that surround it to develop the design for the M40/M42 Interchange smart motorway project and determine which operating system to use.

We have launched our consultation to seek views on the proposed regulations to introduce variable mandatory speed limits to the M40 / M42 Interchange, including slip roads, between M42 J3 and J4 and M40 J16 as part of the M40 / M42 Interchange Smart Motorway Scheme.

Your opinion is important to us. We would like to encourage you to have your say on the proposals and would specifically like to hear how the proposal could affect you, your organisation or those you represent.

The consultation is now open for you to give us your views and will last for 4 weeks from 23 January 2020. It will close on 20 February 2020; please ensure responses arrive no later than the closing date.

Go to the consultation.

What's next?

Following the consultation period, we will produce a report which will provide a summary of the responses, the decision whether to proceed or to modify the proposals and allow us to respond to any comments made.

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 J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 7 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:04 am
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 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 7 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:04 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J4A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 5 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 April 2020 to 9 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:45 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:18 on 17 March 2020 to 06:00 on 9 April 2020.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:21 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:25 on 23 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 26 March 2020 to 06:00 on 7 April 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:02 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:45 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:45 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:23 pm
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 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 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 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 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 southbound exit slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:58 pm
Location : The A446 southbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 05:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:20 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 05:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:23 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the junctions with the A439 and the A3400 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 10 April 2020.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:23 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A3400 and the A439 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 10 April 2020.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:23 pm
Location : The A46 southbound exit slip to the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location : The A46 southbound entry slip from the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:00 pm
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:59 am
Location : The A46 northbound entry slip from the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:59 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 06:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:59 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the M42 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound exit slip to the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency bridge repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 August 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the A452 and the junction with the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am

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