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 M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 06:00 on 27 January 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 8:00 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 20 January 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 January 2019 to 06:00 on 27 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:42 am
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 22:00 and 06:00 from 18 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 14 January 2019 to 20 January 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 January 2019 to 06:00 on 27 January 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:42 am
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 11:01 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 December 2018 to 06:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 18 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 2:30 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the A429 and the junction with the M40 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 2:20 pm
Location : The A46 southbound entry slip from the A4177 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 2:20 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 19 December 2018 to 18:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 18 December 2018 to 05:30 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:40 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 21:00 on 18 December 2018 to 06:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 18 December 2018 to 18:00 on 19 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 18 December 2018 to 18:00 on 19 December 2018.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of five lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J7A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 11:30 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of five lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J9 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2018 to 06:00 on 18 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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