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 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: January 27, 2020, 6:45 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 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 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 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 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 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The A46 southbound between the A429 and the junction with the A4177 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 31 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 9:43 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: January 24, 2020, 3:34 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: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 21 January 2020 to 06:00 on 20 March 2020.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . 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 29 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 9:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 02:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:13 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 : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 06:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:37 am
Location : The A46 southbound between the junctions with the A4177 and the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 01:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 9:33 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 04:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 04:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A439 and the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 06:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 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 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 06:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 06:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 8:14 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 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 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 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 28 January 2020 to 18:00 on 28 January 2020.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:13 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:13 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 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 20 March 2020.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:23 pm
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 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:23 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 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:23 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 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 24 February 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 March 2020 to 06:00 on 4 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:02 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 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 2:36 pm

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