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 that would meet the aims of the scheme, while undertaking a range of surveys and assessments to help inform us about the local environment. We have also started discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views for our scheme proposal.

What next

We will progress with the detailed design phase of the scheme leading into construction which is scheduled to commence in September 2018.

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
TBC Public information events
September 2018 Works start
March 2020 Works complete

Why we need this scheme

The M6 motorway is a strategic route for local, regional and international traffic and is a major artery between the North West, the West Midlands and London (via the M1). This section of the M6 carries in excess of 110,000 vehicles per day.

The M6 carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Congestion and unreliable journey times are currently experienced at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow.

The M6 project will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of traffic, improving safety and journey times as well as improving the current unpredictability of journey times along this stretch of the motorway.

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

The M6 between junctions 21a and 26 is a key strategic route carrying high volumes of vehicles between the North West, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. The scheme falls within the Area 10 maintenance area and the North West Regional Control Centre (RCC).

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

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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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 M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 May 2018 to 06:00 on 27 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 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 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018. Schedule : From 23:59 on 15 June 2018 to 06:00 on 16 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 southbound entry slip at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 May 2018 to 06:00 on 27 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 29 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 May 2018 to 05:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 May 2018 to 05:00 on 27 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J26 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 27 May 2018 to 29 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J21A and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 May 2018 to 05:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J26 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 May 2018 to 05:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J7 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 29 May 2018 to 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J20 and J21 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 29 May 2018 to 15 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J8 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 May 2018 to 28 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J21A to M62 east. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2018 to 06:00 on 1 March 2019.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J10 and J11 . 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 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018. Schedule : From 23:59 on 15 June 2018 to 06:00 on 16 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 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 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018. Schedule : From 23:59 on 15 June 2018 to 06:00 on 16 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 29 May 2018 to 18:00 on 5 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 December 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 25 May 2018 to 27 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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