M42 junction 6 improvement

Increasing the capacity of the M42 at junction 6.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  By 2019/2020
Cost:  ÂŁ282 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

Our proposals for the M42 junction 6 Improvement Scheme have now been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for formal examination. This is a significant milestone for the scheme, as it signifies a big step towards the delivery of much-needed improvements on this stretch of road. You can view our planning application on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

What's next?

Over the next few months the Planning Inspectorate will make arrangements to carry out an examination of the application. This will be led by an examining authority made up of one or more examining inspectors. The Planning Inspectorate will then have 6 months to carry out the examination. You can find more information about this process on the Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning webpage.

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 application
Early 2019 Individuals / organisations register with the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to be heard during DCO examination
2019 Start of DCO hearing (examination)
2019 End of DCO, followed by PINS
End of 2019 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:

  • 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 main benefits of the scheme will be:

  • a safe and reliable operation of the M42 and A45
  • increased capacity of the junction which will support economic growth in the area
  • improve access to key locations such as Birmingham Airport and HS2 Birmingham Interchange
  • support economic growth in the surrounding area

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:45 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:41 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:28 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Emergency Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:02 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J3A and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 9:01 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:31 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:31 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 8:02 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 7:20 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 19 June 2019 to 06:00 on 16 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 5:53 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 5:53 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 19 June 2019 to 06:00 on 7 July 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 5:52 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junction J3A and the M5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 13 June 2019 to 06:00 on 22 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 3:45 pm
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 21 June 2019 to 15:30 on 21 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 2:31 pm
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 21 June 2019 to 15:30 on 21 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 1 July 2019 to 5 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 8 July 2019 to 12 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 2:31 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J3A and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:30 and 17:30 from 25 June 2019 to 27 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 6:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:30 and 17:30 from 25 June 2019 to 27 June 2019.
Posted: June 20, 2019, 6:22 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between the M42 southbound and junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:45 from 25 June 2019 to 27 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 28 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 6 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 July 2019 to 20 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 21 June 2019 to 05:30 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J5 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 21 June 2019 to 05:30 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 June 2019 to 24 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 June 2019 to 1 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 July 2019 to 8 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 July 2019 to 15 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 21 June 2019 to 17:00 on 21 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 11:00 from 22 June 2019 to 23 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 6 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 July 2019 to 20 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 20 July 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 28 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 27 July 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 25 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 21 June 2019 to 05:30 on 22 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J3A . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 26 June 2019 to 18:00 on 26 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 11:00 from 22 June 2019 to 23 June 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 June 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 6 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 8 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 15 July 2019 to 20 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 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 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 June 2019 to 29 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 1 July 2019 to 3 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 July 2019 to 13 July 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 19, 2019, 2:29 pm

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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 17 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • We will be hosting a live webchat on Wednesday 18 January between 11am and 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to discuss the project live with the project team and ask any questions you may have.

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  • GLHighways_England

    Hi everyone,

    Apologies for the delay due to a slight technical glitch, the webchat is now live.

  • Caroline Jevons

    We have only recently been made aware of this scheme. What will be the process for informing landowners of proposals that may affect them?

    • GLHighways_England

      Hi Caroline,

      Identified landowners were invited to the consultation events. As the preliminary design develops, we will have a better understanding of the land-take requirements. We will work closely with affected landowners in order to agree what accommodation works and compensation will be payable so as to minimise disruption from the scheme. We expect this engagement will commence in the coming months.

      If you are a landowner and are concerned that you may be affected, please get in touch via m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

      Graham

      • Caroline Jevons

        Graham
        Thank you for the information.

  • GLHighways_England

    The webchat is now closed. If you have any further questions please get in touch by email m42junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or by telephone 0300 123 5000.
    Graham