We have completed work in some areas and removed the 50mph speed limit on the M5. Road users driving through this section will be able to travel at the national speed limit, minimising any potential delays to their journey.
We have also increased the speed limit on the M5 slip roads from 30mph to 50mph, and increased capacity on the slip roads to two lanes. This is to reduce the queuing on the slip roads, making it easier to enter and exit junction 6.
Unfortunately, we encountered unforeseen challenges due to poor ground conditions and additional groundwater, which has delayed our progress. We still have work to do in other areas and we will be removing the remainder of the roadworks in phases over the next few months.
We are working hard to complete this work as quickly and as safely as possible and aim to complete all the work in autumn 2019.
Work over the next month will include:
- excavating around the site to prepare land
- installation of concrete walls to support new lanes
- improving drainage and pumping away excess water
- installation of new lighting on the roundabout
- placing new ducting, which will contain cables
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|
|March 2019||50mph removed from M5 and 2 lanes re-opened on slip roads|
|Autumn 2019||Planned completion|
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 improvement work at junctions 5, 6 and 7 of the M5. We have completed the improvements to junctions 5 and 7 and have now reopened two lanes of the slip road at junction 6.
We recognise that there is never a good time to carry out such significant improvement work at this busy location. We aim to complete the rest of the works at junction 6 as quickly as possible to keep 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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