M6 junction 2 to junction 4: smart motorway

Improving the busy 13.6 mile (22km) stretch of the M6 between junction 2 at Coventry and junction 4 near Coleshill by upgrading it to an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  2017/18
Cost:  £155 million to £234 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2019/20
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

Works are progressing well on the M6 junction 2 to 4 smart motorway project. We've been working hard throughout the summer period, taking advantage of the good weather to undertake weather dependent activities.

So far we have:

  • replaced 2,150 metres of existing drainage
  • completed 34,000 metres of surfacing
  • installed 671 metres of environmental barrier
  • removed the majority of the old technology (existing MS3 gantries)

Due to the layout of our roadworks area, there is currently no place of relative safety to exit the motorway other than the slip roads, therefore we are offering a free recovery service for anybody that breaks down within our works area. If you break down in the nearside lane, if possible, your should exit your vehicle by the passenger side door and stay away from the vehicle, if possible behind a safety barrier.

If it’s not possible to get out of your vehicle safely, or there is no other place of relative safety to wait, then you should stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on and dial ‘999’.

M6 junctions 2 to 4 Smart Motorway diversion routes

When full closures are required to carry out works, there will be three clearly signed diversion routes in place on this project:

What's next?

Works are continuing within the verge, which includes drainage improvements, constructing emergency areas, constructing foundations for new gantries and preparing the hard shoulder to be converted into a permanent traffic lane.

Work will start in early October to install the new cabling infrastructure which is required to assist the new technology being installed for the smart motorway.

We are also continuing works to remove, refurbish and install gantries in both directions of the carriageway. In order to carry out this work, there will be a requirement to close the carriageway and in some cases this will be in both directions of travel. Closure information can be found on the roadworks tab below, and on Traffic England.

Alternatively, you can email us at M6.j2-4@highwaysengland.co.uk to be added to our closure information distribution list, sent out each week.

Timeline

Date Event
2015-2016 Design work
July 2016 Exhibition events
Winter 2017 Start of works
March 2020 End of works

Why we need this scheme

The M6 at junctions 2 to 4 currently suffers frequent delays due to the volume of traffic. This scheme will provide greater traffic capacity and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic.

The scheme in detail

This project involves:

  • converting the hard shoulder to create a permanent fourth lane between junctions 2 and 3a
  • converting the climbing lane eastbound between junction 3a and 3 to a permanent traffic lane and retaining the hard shoulder
  • between junctions 4 and 3a the motorway will have 3 lanes and a hard shoulder; this is designed to tie in with the existing M6 junction 5 to 8 smart motorway
  • installing new electronic information signs, signals and CCTV cameras - these will be used to vary speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • installing 9 emergency refuge areas to use in place of the hard shoulder
  • improving the central reserve and adding a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • adding new noise barriers in built up areas

In addition to the main smart motorway scheme we have been commissioned by HS2 to improve junction 4. This will include increasing the number of lanes to aid the flow of traffic for the proposed Birmingham Interchange Station. This work is scheduled to begin in Autumn 2017.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduced congestion by smoothing the flow of traffic to improve journey times and make them more reliable
  • facilitate economic growth within the region, by providing much needed capacity on the motorway
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways, which already are among the safest roads in the world

Environmental impact

Ecological mitigation work is continuing, including the relocation of Great Crested Newts within the Highways boundary during spring 2018.

We have undertaken an environmental assessment that covers topics including noise and vibration, air quality, ecology and visual impacts. The results are presented in an Environmental Study Report and we will describe the measures we will take to minimise impact and enhance the environment. Appendices are available on request by emailing the project team.

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 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:48 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:06 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:09 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:02 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:02 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:00 pm
Location : The M6 TOLL southbound. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:00 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:28 pm
Location : The M42 southbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:24 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:25 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M42 northbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:24 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J3A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 16 October 2018 to 06:00 on 17 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:03 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 16 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 December 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:53 pm
Location : The M42 northbound exit slip at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 16 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 December 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:10 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 16:00 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 16:00 on 22 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 18:00 from 22 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 18:00 from 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 18:00 from 5 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Schedule : From 09:30 on 12 November 2018 to 18:00 on 12 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:11 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 25 October 2018 to 05:30 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:40 pm
Location : The M42 southbound at junction J7A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:39 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 October 2018 to 06:00 on 28 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 November 2018 to 06:00 on 4 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 November 2018 to 11 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 October 2018 to 06:00 on 28 October 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 November 2018 to 06:00 on 4 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 6 November 2018 to 11 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:20 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2018 to 23 October 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 October 2018 to 06:00 on 29 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2018 to 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2018 to 23 October 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 October 2018 to 06:00 on 29 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 November 2018 to 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 October 2018 to 05:00 on 23 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The A452 southbound between the junctions with the A446 and the A45 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 22 October 2018 to 15:30 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 October 2018 to 06:00 on 15 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 20 October 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm

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