M6 junction 13 to junction 15 smart motorway

We propose to improve the M6 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 13 and 15.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2017-18
Cost:  £232.3 to £335.4 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021-22
Programme:  Smart motorways

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Progress report

Currently the contraflow is running on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 (Stafford north) and 15 (Stoke-on-Trent). We're moving this to run northbound between junction 13 (Stafford) and junction 14. This is so we can work in the verge at this location. We'll need overnight closures of the M6 to put this in and will put diversion routes in place during these closures.

What's next?

In the New Year, we'll start switching the contraflow between junctions 14 and 15 to the southbound carriageway.

What is a contraflow and how will it benefit you?

A contraflow is a temporary arrangement where traffic is transferred from its usual side to share the other half of the carriageway with traffic moving in the opposite direction. This layout will provide a wider working space in the verge, allowing our teams to safely speed up certain construction activities. A contraflow will reduce the amount of overnight closures we need by around 60%. This will benefit road users and residents living on diversion routes through Stafford.

The contraflow allows us to carry out larger activities that are normally carried out overnight, during the day. As there is more space in the verge to work, site vehicles will be able to pass each other without having to wait until another team has finished an activity. As there will be less traffic management to install overnight, this gives us a greater working window to complete the project quickly.

Please note that road users wishing to exit at junction 15 will need to remain in lanes 1 and 2 as they drive through the contraflow.

Contraflow infographic

Timeline

Event Date
Public information exhibitions March 2018
Start of work June 2018
Creswell Home Farm Bridge demolition Phase 1 September / Phase 2 October 2018
Contraflow implementation January 2019
Burton Bank Bridge demolition March 2019
Open for traffic Spring 2022

Diversion routes

 

 

Why we need this scheme

This route experiences heavy congestion at peak time.

Aims

The smart motorways technology will:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic
  • improve journey time reliability
  • support economic development in the region
  • minimise environmental impacts
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network

The scheme in detail

We're upgrading the busy 28km stretch of the M6 between junction 13 at Stafford and Junction 15 near Newcastle under Lyme and Stoke on Trent to make it a smart motorway.

We're expecting to start the main construction work in March 2018 and plan to complete the scheme by March 2022.

The scheme will involve:

  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane and changing the junctions to accommodate this
  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • nearly 2km of new noise barriers in built up areas
  • a replacement footbridge at Burton Bank
  • upgrades to Dunston and Norton railway bridges
  • widening of Creswell Viaduct
  • demolition of the redundant Creswell Home Farm bridge
  • minor improvements to Junction 15

We’re improving a number of stretches along the M6 motorway by upgrading them to a smart motorway:

Environment impact

We’ve made an assessment of the environmental impact and found that there will be no long term significant effects. There will be some temporary effects during construction to changes in views, construction noise, disruption to road users and a very minimal loss of habitat. We’ll ensure these effects are minimised as much as possible. The issues considered are:
  • air quality, noise and visual impacts in relation to nearby housing
  • the Sites of Special Scientific Interest at Doxey and Tillington Marshes and Kings and Hargreave’s woods
  • protected species and habitats including bats, badgers and great crested newts
  • the setting of conservation areas and heritage assets such as Trentham Park
  • public rights of way

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J13 . 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 14 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 January 2020 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 January 2020 to 19 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:57 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at Stafford Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 14 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 January 2020 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:57 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at Stafford Services. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 14 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 January 2020 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:56 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:15 and 06:15 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 6:15 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:15 and 06:15 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 6:15 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:15 and 06:15 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 6:15 am
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A4601 and the M6 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:00 from 16 December 2019 to 17 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A4601 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:00 from 16 December 2019 to 17 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 3:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:32 on 29 April 2019 to 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:32 on 29 April 2019 to 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the junctions with the A5 and the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:30 from 18 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 10:00 and 15:30 from 18 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm

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