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 southbound carriageway between junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent) and Yarnfield and on the northbound carriageway between junction 13 and Stafford Services North. We are now working in the verge at these locations. Please stay in lanes one and two to access the services.

What's next?

From February 2020, we’ll be installing electronic signs, constructing drainage and Emergency Areas (EAs) and laying cables in the verge to support the technology that will be used on the new smart motorway. To make sure the area is wide enough for this to take place, we’ll need to clear some vegetation. We’ve been working closely with our environment and design teams to make sure that the minimum amount is removed.

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 M6 northbound exit 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 26 May 2020 to 31 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 23, 2020, 5:03 am
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 22, 2020, 11:52 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J16 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 26 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 31 May 2020 to 06:00 on 1 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 6:52 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 May 2020 to 06:00 on 1 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 6:52 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 26 May 2020 to 06:00 on 27 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 15 May 2020 to 06:00 on 17 June 2020.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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