We have carried extensive work to prepare the ground for building the foundation for the walls and enable us to build the extra lanes around the roundabout. This work involved building of foundation for the walls, removing and relocating cables that we found. We have also put a new drainage system in place.
In the New Year, we will be moving to the next phase of the work. As part of this, we will need to reduce the number of lanes around the roundabout to two. This is to allow us additional space to carry out carriageway widening work safely. This may cause some disruption, particularly during peak hours and we would encourage road users to plan and allow extra time for their journeys.
There will also be some overnight closures to put the lane restrictions in place and to carry out work on the approaches to the roundabout.
For information on road closures, check the roadworks feed.
- For M5 J6 northbound entry slip road and southbound exit slip road closure use junction 7
- For A449 eastbound from Blackpole Rd to J6 roundabout closure use the B4850/B4639/A4440
- For A4538 Pershore Lane (N) closure use the A4538/A38/B4580/B4639/A4440
- For M5 J6 Roundabout and southbound entry slip road closure use junction 5
- For M5 J6 to J5 northbound and J6 exit slip road closure use junction 7 or junction 5
- For A449 westbound from J6 Roundabout closure use the A4440/B4639/B4850
- For A4538 Pershore Lane (S) closure use the A4538/B4636/A4440/ B4639/B4850/A449
- For A4440 Warndon Way closure use the B4639/B4850/A449
We'd like to thank you for your patience while we make sure this route can serve constituents, commuters and other drivers for many years to come.
|January 2018||Advanced work starts|
|April 2018||Main work starts|
Why we need this scheme
We announced a number of major schemes in our Delivery Plan as part of the governmentâ€™s 5-year Road Investment Strategy (RIS) from 2015-2020. This included junction improvement work at junctions 5, 6 and 7 of the M5. We've completed improvements to junctions 5 and 7 and plan to carry out work at junction 6 next year.
We recognise that there is never a good time to carry out such significant improvement work at this busy location. We'll work hard to complete this scheme as quickly as possible, keeping drivers on the move and disruption to a minimum.
This is a period of important investment in the M5 and we appreciate that there has been a substantial amount of roadworks in this region over the past few years. We'd like to thank you for your patience while we make sure this route can serve constituents, commuters and other drivers for many years to come.
The aims of this scheme are to:
- improve journey times
- reduce congestion
- support local and strategic economic growth
The scheme in detail
This scheme is part of the governmentâ€™s Road Investment Strategy to enhance, renew and improve the network. It's the final phase of a package of ongoing investment in the junctions along this key strategic route. We've already completed junction improvement work at junctions 5 and 7.
This improvement work will complement these other schemes to improve local and national journeys. Once completed, the scheme will reduce congestion and support future economic growth in the greater Worcester area.
As part of the improvement scheme, weâ€™ll increase capacity of the junction by widening the roundabout, the slip roads and all of the approaches.
To maintain a safe environment for our workers and the travelling public we'll need to put a 30mph speed limit on the roundabout and its approaches. As we're working on the slip roads, we'll also need to put a 50mph speed limit on the M5 carriageway for a 1km section on the northbound and southbound approaches to the junction.
We've designed this traffic management layout to help us to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible while minimising impact to drivers.
To improve the flow of traffic around the junction, we'll install two new sets of traffic signals at the junction at the A4538 Pershore Lane South and the A449. This will help improve journey time reliability by reducing congestion and queuing, particularly during peak times. Weâ€™ll also put new road surfacing, road markings, signs and street lighting in place to make it safer around the junction.
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