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

Progress report

Work is progressing well on the project. We've extended our traffic management to the full stretch between junctions 14 and 15, including three narrow lanes in each direction to provide a safe working space and a 50mph speed restriction. We now have traffic management in place between junctions 14 and 15 and in locations close to junction 14 and junction 13 where we're strengthening.

We've started resurfacing work from junction 15 to Yarnfield Lane Overbridge.

We’re also carrying out drainage work in the central reservation to ensure that water drains from the carriageway and doesn't remain on the road surface. Drainage work has progressed well and is nearly complete between junction 15 and Yarnfield Lane Overbridge.

Central reservation drainage installationCentral reservation drainage installation

View our latest progress in the image gallery.

What's next?

In November, we started work to install the new concrete barrier between junction 15 and the Yarnfield Lane overbridge.

Most of the work in the central reservation is now moving into the next phase, between Yarnfield Lane overbridge and junction 14. This work will include excavating the central reservation, installing additional drainage, resurfacing and constructing the new concrete central reservation barrier. The new concrete barrier will be far safer than the existing steel barrier, reducing the possibility of vehicles crossing over to the other carriageway if they hit it. The concrete barrier will also require less maintenance than the current steel barrier.

In the new year, we'll begin to switch our traffic management as we prepare to start working in the verge on the northbound side of the M6 between Yarnfield Lane overbridge and junction 15. This will involve drainage improvements, constructing emergency areas, constructing foundations for new gantries and preparing the hard shoulder to be converted into a permanent traffic lane. To switch our traffic management, we'll have to close the motorway overnight between junctions 14 and 16 for approximately five nights on the southbound carriageway and then five nights on the northbound carriageway, for the safety of road users and our workers. During the closures, we'll put clearly signed diversion routes in place, which you can find below.

We’re also creating a new site compound in the Yarnfield Lane overbridge area. This area will be used for storage of materials during the ongoing construction phase of the project.

You can find closure information on the roadworks tab below, and on Traffic England. Alternatively, if you wish to be sent our weekly Traffic Management Bulletin, which details all planned closures for smart motorway work on the M6 between junctions 2 and 19, please email: M6J13-15@kier.co.uk

Diversion routes

 

 

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

Creswell Home Farm bridge demolition

We demolished the bridge in two phases. The first phase to remove the unused Creswell Home Farm Bridge successfully took place on 22 September 2018. The bridge, which spans the M6 north of junction 14 in Stafford needed to be removed. This was to create space for an additional lane in each direction to be added at this location as part of the upgrade to a smart motorway.

During the full closure of the M6, we also carried out other maintenance work including tree clearance, replacement of studs with white lines. This reduces the need for further closures and disruption in the future.

We also undertook a significant amount of resurfacing work to repair the carriageway. This had suffered significant deterioration during Storm Bronag, which caused around two weeks of rain to fall in Staffordshire on one day.

The second phase, to remove the remaining parts of the bridge, took place overnight on 13 October 2018. We again used the closure to carry out other maintenance work including resurfacing the road around junction 15 and vegetation clearance.

We planned this work across two phases in order to minimise disruption as far as possible. It enabled us to complete the demolition activities during two overnight closures rather than a full weekend closure of the M6.

View time lapse footage of the second phase of the demolition.

Creswell Home Farm Bridge pier removalCreswell Home Farm Bridge pier removal

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 between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 5:53 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 5:53 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the A5 and the junction with the M54 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 21 January 2019 to 21:00 on 9 March 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:02 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the A5 and the junction with the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 23 January 2019 to 25 January 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 28 January 2019 to 21:00 on 9 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 2:02 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 23 January 2019 to 26 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 January 2019 to 2 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 1:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2019 to 25 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 28 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 4 February 2019 to 8 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 11 February 2019 to 14 February 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:41 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2019 to 25 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 28 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 4 February 2019 to 8 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 11 February 2019 to 14 February 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:40 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 23 January 2019 to 25 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 28 January 2019 to 1 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 4 February 2019 to 8 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 18:00 from 11 February 2019 to 14 February 2019.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 9:40 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J12 and J11A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 January 2019 to 06:30 on 23 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:30 from 24 January 2019 to 26 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:30 from 28 January 2019 to 2 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:30 from 4 February 2019 to 9 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 6:30 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . 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 22 January 2019 to 26 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 January 2019 to 2 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 22, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 January 2019 to 2 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
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: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:20 on 17 October 2018 to 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
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: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:21 on 17 October 2018 to 23:59 on 28 April 2019.
Posted: January 21, 2019, 6:32 am

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