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

The M42 Junction 6 Development Consent Order (DCO) on 21 May 2020 was granted consent by the Secretary of State.

This is great news for this scheme near Solihull as it means we can start to make safety and capacity improvements to this important strategic route which, once complete, will support economic growth and planned development in the region.

Currently, congestion and journey reliability issues are a significant constraint to future investment and economic growth. The junction has almost reached capacity, causing severe congestion and delays across the network. 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.

The scheme will see construction of a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road – aligned to the west of Bickenhill – between the A45 Clock Interchange. We’ll also be making journeys smoother and more reliable by building a new junction 5A on the M42 motorway which is located approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull).

And two new roundabouts will also be installed north of B4102 Solihull Road that will be positioned either side of the M42 motorway. Pedestrians will also benefit from the scheme with a new overbridge being put in place above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel.

Further details on the: Order (DCO as Made by the Secretary of State); Secretary of State Decision Letter; Recommendation Report; and Notification of decision letter; can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website for the scheme.

What's next?

We’ll be starting main construction on this scheme later this year. We’ve already carried out some preliminary work earlier this year in readiness of the Development Consent Order being granted.

We have successfully completed demolition of Heath End House on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull) and carried out vegetation clearance in Bickenhill, beside the A45 Coventry Road and near Haven Caravan Park. We are continuing with the planned activities and in the coming weeks we will be working on:

  • near to Haven Caravan Park on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull)
  • on the B4438 Catherine-de-Barnes Lane (Bickenhill, Solihull) carrying out investigation and survey work
  • along the A45 Coventry Road carrying out investigation and survey works
  • undertaking various ecology surveys and the establishment of baseline noise levels in areas where future construction work is planned

If you would like to know more about the DCO process that we have been through, please watch the video below and also visit the Planning Inspectorate website for the scheme.

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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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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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 26 May 2020 to 22 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 5:00 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 26 May 2020 to 22 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 5:00 am
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 26 May 2020 to 22 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 5:00 am
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2020 to 06:00 on 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junction J15 and the M42 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2020 to 06:00 on 29 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 10:42 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 31 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:35 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the junctions with the A45 Coventry West and the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:59 on 24 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to M42/A446. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 05:00 from 26 May 2020 to 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A46 southbound between the junctions with the A45 Coventry West and the A452 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 05:59 on 27 April 2020 to 05:59 on 24 August 2020.
Posted: May 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 : From 21:00 on 26 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 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 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A46 southbound exit slip to the A452 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 May 2020 to 05:30 on 27 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:30 and 17:30 from 26 May 2020 to 29 May 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M40 slip road to the M42 northbound . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 May 2020 to 06:00 on 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A452 and the A45 Coventry West. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 05:59 on 27 April 2020 to 05:59 on 24 August 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A46 northbound between the junctions with the A452 and the A45 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:59 on 24 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 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 22:00 and 05:00 from 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
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 09:38 on 22 April 2020 to 17:00 on 31 July 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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