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 Planning Inspectorate’s formal examination of the M42 Junction 6 scheme is now complete. Over a number of hearings, the Examining Inspectors have considered representations submitted to the Planning Inspectorate from stakeholders, reviewed over 600 documents and visited locations along the route to better understand the local context.

Completion of the formal examination is a significant milestone for the scheme and signifies a big step towards the delivery of much-needed improvements at this key location, near to the NEC and Birmingham Airport.

What's next?

The Planning Inspectorate will now assess the information they have gathered and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to refuse or grant consent to build the scheme. This recommendation report will be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport by 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.

While the Planning Inspectorate assesses the information they have gathered, we'll be shifting our focus to what we can do for local communities, improve safety and the legacy the scheme will leave behind once complete.

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
2019 Start of DCO hearing examination
2019 End of DCO examination
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

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Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J4A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 20 March 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 8:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:45 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 10 February 2020 to 12 February 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 4:13 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 10 February 2020 to 12 February 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 4:13 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:00 from 10 February 2020 to 12 February 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 4:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 3 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 January 2020 to 06:00 on 28 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 26, 2020, 6:02 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 31 March 2020.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
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 25 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:03 on 5 August 2019 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J2 from A4600 northbound and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 21 January 2020 to 06:00 on 20 March 2020.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 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 09:00 on 7 October 2019 to 17:00 on 17 July 2020.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:33 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 January 2020 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 1:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 9:22 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 02:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 04:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 04:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound at the junction with the A46 Coventry West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 29 January 2020 to 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 7:12 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 06:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 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 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at Corley Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J3 and J3A . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 28 January 2020 to 18:00 on 28 January 2020.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 9:13 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 05:30 from 27 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 9:43 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:42 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:42 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 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 January 2020 to 3 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 February 2020 to 9 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 February 2020 to 13 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 3:23 pm

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