M6 junction 13 to junction 15 smart motorwayRecently updated

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:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We’re carrying out advance work to prepare the motorway for when we start the main construction work in June 2018. As part of this initial work, we have started to resurface those sections along the carriageway in need of repair. We’ll also need to reduce the width of the lanes on the motorway in certain areas so that we can maintain three lanes of traffic while also allowing construction work to be done safely. To do this, we will need to rearrange the road markings and road studs and install a barrier to protect our workers when they start work.

This work will take place from March to July. To minimise disruption, we’re carrying out this work overnight when the volume of traffic is lower, mostly during the week. We will need various overnight closures of the M6 between junction 13 to 15. We will only close one carriageway at a time.

We will put clearly signed diversion routes in place during any necessary closures.

What's next?

The main construction work will start in June 2018. We will start by installing the new concrete central barrier between junction 15 and 14, this will be done in two phases both approximately 10km long. We will then move to the northbound hard shoulder between junctions 14 to 15 to convert this into a running lane. This involves installing new drainage, retaining walls for the emergency areas. Again this will be done in two sections approximately 10km long, first northbound then southbound. This phase of work will run through until spring 2019 when we will then start the work down to junction 13 starting with the central reserve followed by hard shoulder conversion.

Why we need this scheme

This route experiences heavy congestion at peak time.

The scheme in detail

We are 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 are 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:

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

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 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:17 on 21 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 4:24 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 3:39 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:16 on 21 July 2018 to 06:00 on 30 July 2018.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 11:35 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 10:15 on 21 July 2018 to 06:00 on 30 July 2018.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 10:52 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 10:47 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 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 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 4 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 July 2018 to 30 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 12:50 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 12:48 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 July 2018 to 30 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 12:45 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 12:45 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 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 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 4 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J10A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 13:50 on 15 November 2017 to 18:00 on 31 January 2019.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 06:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:30 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:30 from 6 August 2018 to 10 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 24 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:06 on 14 April 2018 to 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 25 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 25 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:06 on 14 April 2018 to 23:59 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

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