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 on the project is progressing well between junction 14 and just north of Stafford services. Work is currently taking place within the central reservation in this section, with the narrow lanes towards the verge allowing a safe working space in the centre of the motorway. The heavy earthworks and drainage installation in this location are around 85% complete and surfacing in this section will soon begin.

The ongoing sheet piling works at Yarnfield Lane overbridge are nearing completion; these works are required to create a slip road from the M6 into the emergency service turnaround area.

Verge worksVerge works on the M6

You can view our latest progress images in the image gallery section of this page.

What's next?

Towards the end of October, we will begin installing the new concrete central reservation barrier between junction 14 and Stafford services. The new concrete barrier will be far safer than the existing steel barrier, requiring less maintenance and a significant reduction in the possibility of carriageway cross over incidents.

Once the sheet piling works at Yarnfield Lane overbridge are complete, work will begin to strengthen the overbridge at junction 13.

Creswell Home Farm bridge demolition

The first phase of removing the redundant Creswell Home Farm bridge successfully took place on 22 September 2018 within a 12-hour window. The bridge, which spans the M6 north of junction 14 in Stafford, needed to be removed to allow for an additional lane in each direction as part of the new upgraded smart motorway.

During this full closure of the M6, other maintenance work was carried out to reduce the need for further closures and disruption. 800 tonnes of tarmac was laid to remediate carriageway degradation due to the damage caused by Storm Bronagh; depositing around two weeks of rainfall on Staffordshire in one day.

We also utilised this closure to undertake various other required works, including tree clearance, replacement of studs with white lines, take samples from the verge and central reservation, clear drainage gullies, replace existing barrier and undertake existing technology inspections.

The second phase of demolition will take place on Saturday 13 October when we will use specialist machines to break up the remainder of the bridge and remove it completely. The demolition will not involve using explosives.

We cannot demolish the remainder of the bridge safely with traffic using the M6; therefore we must close the motorway in both directions from 8pm on Saturday 13 October 2018 to 8am Sunday 14 October 2018. Traffic will be diverted off the M6 between junctions 14 and 15 and will use the A34 Stone Road as the diversion route. This route has been agreed with Stoke City and Staffordshire County Highways and will be kept clear of other works during the demolition.

Please note the timing of this closure is subject to a number of factors, including weather, traffic counts and any incidents on the network which could delay / increase the closure period.

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

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Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 9:03 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2018 to 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the junctions with the A5 and the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 22 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A449 northbound between the junctions with the M54 and the A5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 22 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The A449 southbound between the junctions with the A5 and the M54 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2018 to 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 20 November 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2018 to 06:00 on 22 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 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: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 November 2018 to 06:00 on 23 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J14 and 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 19 November 2018 to 22 November 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 December 2018 to 8 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
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 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 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: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
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 10 January 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm

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