M6 junction 21a to junction 26: smart motorwayRecently updated

We are improving the 11.1 miles section of the M6 between junctions 21a and 26 by upgrading it to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway.

Region:  North West
Start date:  2018/19
Cost:  100-250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
Programme:  

Progress report

We are currently working on the smart motorway scheme design options for this part of the M6 while undertaking a range of surveys and assessments to help inform us about the local environment.

We are in discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders to take into account their views on our scheme proposal.

What next

We will progress with the detailed design phase of the scheme leading into construction which is scheduled to commence before spring 2019.

We plan to hold public information events to provide information about the scheme and detailed design and construction phase. The timing of these events is to be confirmed.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
May 2018 Appointment of construction contractor
Autumn 2018 Public information events (Dates TBC)
Spring 2019 Works start
Spring 2021 Works complete

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-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. Smart motorways 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 M6 J21a to J26 smart motorway 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 are 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 and we will describe the measures we will take to minimise potentially significant adverse environmental effects.

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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 J21 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 20 July 2018 to 06:00 on 29 July 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 9:20 am
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The M61 southbound between junctions J8 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 July 2018 to 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J21 and J20A . 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 22 July 2018 to 24 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 July 2018 to 29 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 6:00 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J26 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 21, 2018, 4:01 am
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 27 July 2018 to 07:00 on 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J26 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 27 July 2018 to 07:00 on 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J26 and J23 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 27 July 2018 to 07:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:40 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 Eastbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 westbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 26 July 2018 to 16:00 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J21A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . 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 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J5 and M6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 24 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J26 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M57 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . 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 25 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J21A from M62 eastbound. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 July 2018 to 16:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J5 and M6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 26 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J21A . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound between junctions J5 and M6 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 24 July 2018 to 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J27 and J26 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J27 and J28 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:30 on 23 July 2018 to 17:30 on 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . 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 25 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M57 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M61 southbound at junction J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 December 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J12 . 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 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 23 July 2018 to 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 July 2018 to 05:00 on 23 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M58 eastbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 24 July 2018 to 15:30 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . 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 23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

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