M40/M42 Interchange: smart motorwayRecently updated

Improving the M40 and M42 motorways between M42 Junction 3 and 4 and M40 J16 by making it a smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  ÂŁ25-50m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We are 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 refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of this we will 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 aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.

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

What next?

The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017.

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 this important 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 M40 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 18 October 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:30 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 18 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of five lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J3A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 16 October 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:19 am
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 November 2018 to 06:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:05 am
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 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2018 to 4 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 November 2018 to 06:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:03 am
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 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 November 2018 to 06:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:03 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:02 am
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 17 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 November 2018 to 06:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:51 am
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 17 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 October 2018 to 28 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 November 2018 to 06:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:38 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 24 October 2018 to 05:30 on 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:40 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 16 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 December 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 5:23 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:39 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 24 October 2018 to 15:30 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:40 am
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 October 2018 to 05:30 on 24 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 8:11 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 October 2018 to 05:30 on 24 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 8:11 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 October 2018 to 06:00 on 28 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 November 2018 to 06:00 on 4 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 November 2018 to 11 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:00 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 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 October 2018 to 06:00 on 28 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 November 2018 to 06:00 on 4 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 November 2018 to 11 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:20 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 October 2018 to 06:00 on 23 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . 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 21 October 2018 to 23 October 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 October 2018 to 06:00 on 29 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2018 to 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The A46 northbound between the M40 and the junction with the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 October 2018 to 05:00 on 23 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2018 to 06:00 on 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 October 2018 to 06:00 on 15 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 19 October 2018 to 15:30 on 19 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J2 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 24 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 southbound . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The A46 northbound at the junction with the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 22 October 2018 to 15:30 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm

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