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

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Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 1:54 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 11 October 2019 to 06:00 on 20 December 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 1:31 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 1 December 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:24 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 7 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:23 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 7 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:23 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 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 9 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 19 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 9 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 November 2019 to 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:07 pm
Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:54 am
Location : The A46 southbound entry slip from the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 16 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:31 am
Location : The A46 northbound entry slip from the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 16 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:31 am
Location : The A46 northbound between the M40 and the junction with the A429 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:30 on 5 October 2019 to 15:30 on 20 October 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:23 am
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 17 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 28 October 2019 to 1 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 4 November 2019 to 8 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:02 am
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 17 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 28 October 2019 to 1 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 4 November 2019 to 8 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:02 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 16 October 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 8:01 am
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 3 January 2020.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 7:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 14 October 2019 to 06:00 on 15 December 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:55 am
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 3 January 2020.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:46 am
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 3 January 2020.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:45 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 November 2019 to 17 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 15 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 am
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 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 November 2019 to 17 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 15 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 am
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 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 November 2019 to 17 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 15 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:06 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 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 October 2019 to 4 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 November 2019 to 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:05 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 October 2019 to 21 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 October 2019 to 4 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 November 2019 to 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:13 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:13 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 20:00 on 20 October 2019 to 06:00 on 21 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the A429 and the junction with the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 October 2019 to 06:00 on 12 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 southbound . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. 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: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 19:00 and 07:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 October 2019 to 06:00 on 21 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A429 and the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 20 October 2019 to 11:00 on 20 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the M40 and the junction with the A429 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 19 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 October 2019 to 06:00 on 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. 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: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A439 and the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 19 October 2019 to 20 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The junction of the M6 J4 and the A446 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 October 2019 to 06:00 on 21 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 05:00 on 20 October 2019 to 05:00 on 31 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 northbound and junction J15 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 05:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 05:00 on 20 October 2019 to 05:00 on 31 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 23:55 on 11 October 2019 to 06:00 on 12 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 16 October 2019 to 07:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 18 October 2019 to 18:00 on 18 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J4A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2019 to 28 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 November 2019 to 11 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 3 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2019 to 27 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2019 to 10 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2019 to 06:00 on 3 November 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm

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