M42 junction 6 scheme

Increasing the capacity of the M42 at junction 6.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  By 2019/2020
Cost:  £282 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We are currently carrying out works near M42 junction 6 to enable the smooth and efficient start of construction work in the event of the Development Consent Order (DCO) being granted. Seasonal constraints may cause delay and disruption to the efficient start of the main construction work if we don’t undertake these activities now.

We are working in the following locations now and in coming weeks:

  • beside the A45 Coventry Road, near Clock Interchange roundabout
  • near Haven Caravan Park on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull)
  • vegetation clearance in Bickenhill
  • house demolition on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull)
  • investigation and survey work in land near M42 junction 6

We have notified the local community, residents, businesses and stakeholders in advance and will continue our engagement to keep everyone who may be affected, updated.

What's next?

TThe Planning Inspectorate have assessed all the information they have gathered and made a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to refuse or grant consent to build the scheme. This recommendation report was submitted to the Secretary of State on 21 February 2020, three months from the end of examination.

Once the inspectors’ report is received, the Secretary of State then has three months to make the decision on whether to grant or refuse the Development Consent Order. The decision that is made will be published alongside the inspectors’ report on the National Infrastructure Planning website for the scheme. If you would like any more information on the process we are going through, please watch the video below and also visit the National Infrastructure Planning website.

Timeline

Date Event
March 2016 Early discussion
December 2016 Public consultation
August 2017 Preferred route announcement: (press release and leaflet)
Autumn 2017 Start formal planning process
January 2018 Statutory Public Consultation
September 2018 Further consultation
End of 2018 Development Consent Order (DCO) application
Early 2019 Individuals / organisations register with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to be heard during DCO examination
May 2019 Start of DCO hearing examination
November 2019 End of DCO examination
February 2020 PINS recommendation report
2020 Secretary of State decision on DCO application
2020 Start of construction
2023/24 Open for traffic

Why we need this scheme

The government identified the need for this scheme in its 2014 Road Investment Strategy. M42 Junction 6 lies on the eastern side of Birmingham. It's an important junction and lies at the heart of an area of dynamic growth, surrounded by a unique mix of major assets that serve both the local and wider economy.

It's located north of Solihull and provides the main access on the motorway for many of our customers, including:

  • Birmingham Airport
  • the HS2 Interchange station
  • the National Exhibition Centre
  • National Motorcycle Museum / National Conference Centre
  • Birmingham International railway station
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Birmingham Business Park

The area adjacent to junction 6 of the M42 (immediately to the north east) is earmarked by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for a proposed commercial and residential development.

The scheme is required to accommodate planned developments in the area. The junction has almost reached capacity, causing severe congestion and delays across the network. Currently, congestion and journey reliability issues are a significant constraint to future investment and economic growth. Junction 6 does not have sufficient capacity to accommodate predicted traffic growth beyond 2019 – even without the inclusion of HS2 – if we do not act.

Aims

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • ensure the safe and reliable operation of the road network
  • increase the capacity at junction 6, reducing congestion
  • improve access to key businesses and locations such as Birmingham Airport and support economic growth in the area
  • improve access for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable users of the network

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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 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 7 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:04 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 5 April 2020 to 7 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:04 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J4A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 March 2020 to 5 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 April 2020 to 9 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 14 April 2020 to 19 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:45 am
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:18 on 17 March 2020 to 06:00 on 9 April 2020.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:21 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:25 on 23 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:50 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 26 March 2020 to 06:00 on 7 April 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:02 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the A46 Coventry East and the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Name : A45 JLR bridge lift: MAJOR SCHEMES. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 16:19 on 26 March 2020 to 06:00 on 11 April 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 4:19 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:45 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:45 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:23 pm
Location : The M40 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 April 2020 to 06:00 on 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 April 2020 to 06:00 on 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 4:17 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:21 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:21 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 05:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:20 pm
Location : The A446 southbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 05:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:38 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:23 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J15 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 March 2020 to 06:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:59 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 6 April 2020 to 10 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 13 April 2020 to 17 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 17:00 from 20 April 2020 to 24 April 2020.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:45 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound at the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 30 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 14 April 2020 to 16 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the A46 Coventry East and the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 7 October 2019 to 17:00 on 31 July 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound at the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 17 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the A46 Coventry East and the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 30 March 2020 to 17:00 on 22 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the A452 and the junction with the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the M42 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 westbound exit slip to the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 April 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 June 2020 to 3 June 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 3 August 2020 to 5 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 5 October 2020 to 7 October 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A45 eastbound at the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 30 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 14 April 2020 to 16 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am

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