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 at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 29 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 5:03 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 5:03 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 : From 22:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 5:03 am
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 : From 20:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 5:03 am
Location : The M6 TOLL southbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 August 2019 to 06:00 on 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 29 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 5:03 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 August 2019 to 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 September 2019 to 29 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 3:56 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 August 2019 to 19 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2019 to 2 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 15 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 18, 2019, 3:49 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 17 August 2019 to 06:00 on 10 November 2019.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 7:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 14 August 2019 to 06:00 on 28 September 2019.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 6:05 pm
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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 9 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 September 2019 to 06:00 on 16 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 9 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 September 2019 to 06:00 on 16 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 9 September 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 15 September 2019 to 06:00 on 16 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:05 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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 8 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 22 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 September 2019 to 6 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:03 am
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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 8 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 22 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 30 September 2019 to 6 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 17, 2019, 5:03 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 16 August 2019 to 06:00 on 16 September 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 7:05 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 5:50 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:03 on 5 August 2019 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 5:50 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 19 August 2019 to 20 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 August 2019 to 17:00 on 22 August 2019.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 1:53 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . 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 August 2019 to 22 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 2 September 2019 to 6 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 12:33 pm
Location : The M40 northbound exit slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
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 19 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A46 northbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A46 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A46 northbound exit slip to the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M40 southbound exit slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
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 20 August 2019 to 15:30 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
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 19 August 2019 to 05:00 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A446 southbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 20 August 2019 to 15:30 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 20 August 2019 to 15:30 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A46 southbound exit slip to the M40 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 21 August 2019 to 23 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 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 19 August 2019 to 05:00 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 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: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 August 2019 to 06:00 on 22 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am
Location : The A446 northbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 20 August 2019 to 15:30 on 20 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2019, 3:10 am

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