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

The work we’re doing to upgrade the M6 between junctions 13 and 15 to a smart motorway is making great progress and we’re almost 70 percent complete.

We’re working in phases in the verges on either side of the carriageway. This involves upgrading the existing drainage, installing foundations for new gantries and emergency areas, installing new or refurbishing gantries for technology and resurfacing the carriageway.

We’ll be starting work on the southbound verge between junctions 13 and 14. As part of this work, we’ll need to switch the safety barriers from the northbound carriageway to the south. We’ll be removing some vegetation on the Highways England side of the boundary fence and carrying out some trial holes to test the ground to the south of Doxey.

What's next?

Once the vegetation is cleared, there will be ongoing excavation work on the southbound verge during the day. We’ll also be sheet piling and resurfacing the carriageway at various locations between junctions 13 and 14. Sheet piling is a common construction method where steel materials are driven into the ground to support and strengthen the verge areas.

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

Project media files and documents

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 A5 northbound between the junctions with the A4601 and the M6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 04:30 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 am
Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A4601 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 04:30 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 17:04 on 5 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 2:17 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . 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 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 1:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 06:00 on 13 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 1:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 3:00 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 3:00 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 4:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 4:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020.
Posted: August 4, 2020, 3:51 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 4, 2020, 3:51 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 20:30 on 20 August 2020 to 06:00 on 21 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A4601 and the M6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 20:30 on 20 August 2020 to 06:00 on 21 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound 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 20:30 and 06:00 from 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 20:30 on 20 August 2020 to 06:00 on 21 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound at junction J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 12 August 2020 to 06:00 on 21 August 2020.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 10 August 2020 to 06:00 on 20 August 2020.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
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 20:30 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A4601 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 3, 2020, 7:42 pm
Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the M6 and the A4601 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 9 August 2020 to 17:00 on 9 August 2020.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 am
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A4601 and the M6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 9 August 2020 to 17:00 on 9 August 2020.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 am

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