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

Statutory Public consultation on the proposed M42 junction 6 improvement scheme has now come to an end. We are now collating responses and comments to produce a Consultation Report which will be published by August 2018 and will be available via this website.

What's next?

Feedback from the recent public consultation, along with our ongoing technical work and environmental assessments will influence the design of the scheme and will be included in our planning permission application to build the scheme. We’ve put together a guide to the planning process, which outlines exactly what happens and when you can get involved.

Timeline

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

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 is an important junction on the motorway network 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 is located north of Solihull and provides the main access on the motorway for:

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

In addition to these major assets, 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

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 6:00 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J3A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:03 on 16 July 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:48 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 06:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2018 to 6 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 06:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2018 to 6 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 06:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2018 to 6 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 06:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2018 to 6 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 21 July 2018 to 06:00 on 6 August 2018.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 21 July 2018 to 06:00 on 6 August 2018.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3A and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2018 to 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2018 to 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:05 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:49 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:01 on 7 January 2018 to 06:00 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 July 2018 to 06:00 on 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 July 2018 to 3 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 23 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The A38M northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 26 July 2018 to 3 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 26 July 2018 to 15:30 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 24 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 26 July 2018 to 15:30 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 26 July 2018 to 15:30 on 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The A5127 northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 July 2018 to 4 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 5 August 2018 to 7 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 July 2018 to 05:00 on 24 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The A38M northbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 26 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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 3 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:30 on 26 July 2018 to 15:30 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 24 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The A38M northbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 18 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 29 July 2018 to 4 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 5 August 2018 to 7 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 July 2018 to 05:00 on 24 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 12 March 2018 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 26 July 2018 to 29 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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