M6 junction 2 to junction 4: smart motorwayRecently updated

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

Since starting works on the project in March, we have been busy installing our temporary traffic management which includes marking out the narrow lanes, installing a temporary safety barrier between the live lanes and the works area and putting temporary directional signs in place.

So far we have also:

  • installed 530m of new drainage
  • removed 23 existing overhead gantries for refurbishment
  • installed 5 scheme boards
  • removed existing technology in the verge, including CCTV cameras, 11.8 miles of cabling and emergency roadside telephones in order to facilitate the new construction works

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.

We have recently opened our on-site recovery centre at our site office just off junction 4. When we recover a broken down vehicle, the driver and any passengers will be taken to our recovery centre to plan their onward journey.

The centre provoides seating, refreshments, toilets, information on the scheme including breakdown procedure, our values and site rules. We also provide a dog hut, toys for children, books and magazines and a selection of takeaway menus for those who are unable to continue their journey immediately.

image of Narrow Lanes installed as part of the scheme
Narrow lanes installed as part of the scheme

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?

Now that the installation of narrow lanes is nearing completion, we are preparing for the next phase of the programme which is to carry out earthworks. Earthworks will include vegetation clearance and widening the verge to facilitate the upcoming works, including installation of cameras, gantries and environmental barriers (where planned).

We have also been busy planning engagement with local schools, including both primary and secondary school children. Our school visits will be to promote the work of the construction industry and provide the children with an insight as to what goes into a major project.

We will also be holding a 'Life Ready' skill sessions with schools. The session will involve 10 members of our team, talking about their job and being interviewed by the students so pupils can get an idea of what we do and the various roles available within the construction industry.

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 M42 northbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 6 June 2018 to 06:00 on 1 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 10:52 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 6 June 2018 to 06:00 on 7 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:45 am
Location : The A446 northbound between the A452 and the junction with the M6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 5 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A446 southbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A45 westbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 22 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the A452 and the junction with the M42 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 14 June 2018 to 06:00 on 14 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:04 on 12 March 2018 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A45 eastbound at the junction with the A452 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 14 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . 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 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A45 eastbound at the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 5 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 5 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 5 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A452 northbound between the junctions with the A45 and the A446 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 June 2018 to 06:00 on 1 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 15 June 2018 to 16:00 on 13 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 22 June 2018 to 05:30 on 23 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
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 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 5 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound entry slip at junction J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 22 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The A446 southbound between the M6 and the junction with the A452 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 July 2018 to 14 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:00 on 15 June 2018 to 16:00 on 13 July 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 04:30 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 22 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of five lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4A and J4 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J4 to A446. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 7 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J7A and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:05 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J7A and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J4 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . 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 27 June 2018 to 29 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . 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 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 July 2018 to 5 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 04:30 from 25 June 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:05 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3A . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 June 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 22 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J4A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 June 2018 to 06:00 on 23 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 June 2018 to 06:00 on 27 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:09 am

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