M6 junction 21a to 26 smart motorway

We're improving the 10-mile section of the M6 between junctions 21a and 26 by upgrading it to an 'all-lane running' smart motorway.

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £100 million - £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  North-west smart motorways

Progress report

In winter 2019 – based on feedback from our customers and stakeholders of their experiences on our network – we announced changes to our smart motorway programme across the north-west to reduce the impact of concurrent roadworks on our customers.

This means we've agreed to defer the start date of the M6 junction 21a to 26 scheme.

What's next?

We'll announce a new start date for this scheme in due course.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
TBC Works start
TBC Works complete

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Why we need this scheme

The M6 forms part of the London to north-west and Scotland strategic corridor, and the wider trans-European route, E05. The M6 between junctions 21a and 26 is a key strategic route carrying around 120,000 vehicles daily between Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Congestion and unreliable journey times are currently experienced at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow.

The M6 junction 21a to 26 smart motorway scheme will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of traffic, improving safety and journey times.

Aims

With this scheme, we aim to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times, making journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth within the region. Providing much needed capacity on the motorway will reduce the cost of economic delay to both commuters and business traffic
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using smart motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts

The scheme in detail

Smart motorways are a technology-driven approach to tackling the most congested parts of the motorway network, improving journey reliability by controlling the flow and speed of traffic. They also support the economy by providing much-needed capacity on the busiest motorways, while maintaining safety for road users and those who work on the roads.

The design features of the scheme include:

  • variable mandatory speed limits
  • driver information, including lane availability, provided through a mixture of gantries and cantilever signs
  • queue detection and automatic signalling system, which provides queue protection and congestion management
  • comprehensive low light pan-tilt-zoom CCTV coverage
  • refuge areas where drivers can stop in an emergency

Environmental impact

We're undertaking an environmental assessment that covers topics including noise and vibration, water, air quality, ecology and visual impacts. The results will be presented in an Environmental Assessment Report where we'll describe the measures we'll take to minimise potentially significant adverse environmental effects.

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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 J21A and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 13:00 on 25 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 8:03 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J20 and J21A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J21A and J21 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J23 and J21A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21A and J22 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 August 2019 to 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21 . Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 13:00 on 25 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 9:26 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:22 on 7 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 1:51 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J20 and J22 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 7 August 2019 to 06:00 on 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 1:07 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J23 and J26 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 December 2019.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 1:06 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J21A from M62 Westbound and J21 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 7 August 2019 to 06:00 on 4 September 2019.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J21A and J21 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 24, 2019, 11:10 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21A and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 August 2019 to 27 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 7:52 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 August 2019 to 27 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 7:52 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:07 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:45 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J4 and J7 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:45 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J28 and J26 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 20 August 2019 to 05:00 on 11 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:35 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J22 and J21A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 10:25 am
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 2 September 2019 to 6 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 4:01 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 31 August 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 3:58 am
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J11 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 3:52 am
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 August 2019 to 05:30 on 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 8:15 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 29 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 8:15 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 4:31 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 27 August 2019 to 17:00 on 29 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 4:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 27 August 2019 to 17:00 on 29 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 4:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 27 August 2019 to 17:00 on 29 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 4:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J10 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J10 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 1:03 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 East. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 6:25 am
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J9 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M57 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 West. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 East. 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 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21A and J27 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J11 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 23 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M57 southbound entry slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J28 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 August 2019 to 05:00 on 29 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J28 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 August 2019 to 05:00 on 28 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 27 August 2019 to 6 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J21 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:52 on 21 January 2019 to 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:59 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 19 August 2019 to 17:00 on 29 August 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M57 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:30 on 7 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J28 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 29 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound at junction J21A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 2 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21 and J21A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21 and J27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 14:52 on 21 January 2019 to 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. 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 30 August 2019 to 1 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 04:00 on 4 June 2019 to 06:00 on 23 September 2019.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J21A . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 December 2021.
Posted: August 21, 2019, 4:40 pm

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