M42 junction 6

We are making safety and capacity improvements to this important strategic route to support economic growth and planned development in the region.

Start date Started
End date 2024-25
Cost £282 million

Latest updates

  • 14 July 2022

    M42 junction 6 upgrade - summer 2022 newsletter

    Find out the latest scheme updates in our summer 2022 newsletter. You can learn how the scheme has been progressing since our last update and read more about what's coming up over the coming months, including information on the dual bridge lift over the M42 in Autumn 2022.

    Catherine de Barnes Lane roadworks

  • 18 May 2022

    Advance notice of road closure: M42 central reservation hardening

    We’re upgrading the M42 junction 6 to enable better movement of traffic on and off the A45, supporting access to Birmingham International airport and train station as well as preparing capacity for the new HS2 station. Our work includes creating a new junction on the M42 and constructing a dual carriageway between this new junction and Clock Interchange.

    What's happening next?

    To create the new M42 junction 5a we’ll need to install 2 new bridges across the M42. In preparation for this we need to harden the central reservation around the new junction before the bridges are moved into position later this year.

    To complete this hardening work safely, we'll work in the following phases:
    • The M42 southbound carriageway will be closed overnight between junction 6 (National Exhibition Centre) and 5 (Solihull) from 22:00 on Friday 10 June to 05:00 on Monday 13 June.
    • During the daytime, two lanes will be open on the southbound side of the carriageway from 05:00 to 22:00.
    • The northbound carriageway will also be reduced to two lanes from 22:00 on Friday 10 June to 06:00 on Monday 13 June but will continue to remain open throughout the weekend.

    What should motorists do?

    When the M42 southbound carriageway is closed we’ll put in place a clearly signed diversion route (map below). The northbound carriageway will remain open. This has been agreed with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as the most suitable route for both the amount and type of traffic being diverted.

    We expect these lane closures to cause delays for motorists travelling along the M42. Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journeys, considering alternative routes where possible.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during our upcoming work. The whole team will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum.

    How can we find out more?

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can:

    M42 southbound overnight diversion route

  • 05 May 2022

    Watch how a 92-tonne footbridge was lifted into position over the A45

    This new time-lapse footage shows the moment a footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists was installed across the A45 in Solihull.

    The 92-tonne bridge was lowered in to place by a team of 30 technical specialists and engineers who carried out the work on the evening of Saturday 30 April.

     

    It was installed as part of our £282m investment to upgrade M42 junction 6 which also includes building

    • a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road, aligned to the west of Bickenhill  
    • a new junction (5a) on the M42 motorway, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull)  
    • two new roundabouts north of the B4102 Solihull Road on either side of the M42 motorway  

    Once complete it will alleviate congestion for motorists, make journeys safer, and support economic growth in the region.

    If you’d like more information about the M42 junction 6 upgrade scheme you can contact us by:

  • 13 April 2022

    Advance notice of road closure: B4438 Catherine De Barnes Lane

    From 9:00pm to 05:30am on 25 April and 26 April we need to close Catherine De Barnes Lane in both directions near Shadowbrook Lane. This will also mean that there will be no access from Shadowbrook Lane to Catherine De Barnes Lane.

    This full carriageway closure is needed so that a temporary alignment of Catherine De Barnes Lane can safely take place. This is needed so that we can start work on the structure that will carry the road across the new dual carriageway (the A4545).

    When the road is closed, we’ll clearly signpost the diversion route which will take traffic via the B4438, onto the B4102, Damson Parkway, A45 and back onto the B4438

    When we open the temporary alignment of Catherine De Barnes Lane on 27 April there will be a 30mph speed limit in place. There will also be no right hand turn from Shadowbrook Lane on to Catherine De Barnes Lane until the new Shadowbrook Lane in is completed in June.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can email us at: M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on: 0300 123 5000.

  • 06 April 2022

    Advance notice of road closure: A45 footbridge installation

    We’re upgrading the M42 junction 6 to enable better movement of traffic on and off the A45, supporting access to the airport and preparing capacity for the new HS2 station. Our work includes improving pedestrian and cycle access in the local area and over the coming weeks we’ll install a new footbridge across the A45.

    What's happening next?

    To install the bridge we need to use a large crane which will be set up on the A45 carriageway to lift and swing the structure into place. To do this safely, we need to close the A45 over the weekend of 30 April to 1 May.

    To minimise disruption caused by this full road closure, we’ll work in the following phases:

    • the A45 westbound carriageway will be closed between M42 junction 6 and Clock Interchange from 4pm on Saturday 30 April to 8:30am on Sunday 1 May.
    • the A45 eastbound carriageway will be closed between Clock interchange and M42 junction 6 from 8:30pm on Saturday 30 April to 5:30am on Sunday 1 May.

    What should motorists do?

    When the roads are closed we’ll put in place a clearly signed diversion route (map below). This has been agreed with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council as the most suitable route for both the amount and type of traffic being diverted.

    We expect these road closures to cause delays for motorists travelling along the A45. Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journeys, considering alternative routes where possible.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during our upcoming work to install the footbridge. The whole team will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum.

    How can we find out more?

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can:

  • 25 March 2022

    Advance notice of road closure: B4438 Catherine De Barnes Lane

    From 10.00pm on 9 April to 5:30am on 11 April we need to close Catherine De Barnes Lane in both directions between Clock Lane and Clock Interchange.

    This weekend full carriageway closure is needed so the Severn Trent Water team can work safely while they divert their services across Catherine De Barnes Lane.

    These Severn Trent Water diversions are needed to allow us to complete the new dual carriageway (A4545) between the new M42 junction 5a and the A45 at Clock Interchange.

    This work was scheduled to be delivered in February but, because of the poor weather earlier this year, has been rearranged for April (see bulletins dated 11 and 24 February for more information).

    When the road is closed, we’ll clearly signpost the diversion route which will take traffic via the B4438, onto the B4102, Damson Parkway and back onto the A45.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can email us at: M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on: 0300 123 5000.

  • 09 March 2022

    Advance notice of road closure: M42 junctions 6-7

    On 19 March we need to close the M42 in both directions between junction 6 and junction 7 from midnight until 3:30am.

    This full carriageway closure is needed so our team can safely remove overhead high voltage cables. We’ll work overnight, when traffic volumes are at their lowest, to reduce disruption for motorists and local businesses.

    To limit the impact of the road closure on drivers, the police will provide 'rolling roadblocks' which will release traffic once each of the three cables has been removed and the site made safe.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can email us at: M42Junction6@nationalhighways.co.uk or call us on: 0300 123 5000.

Project information

Give us your feedback

Visit our M42 junction 6 feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: M42Junction6@nationalhighways.co.uk

M42 junction6 echo map

Traffic congestion and poor journey reliability have constrained investment and economic growth around the M42 at junction 6. Having almost reached capacity, the junction has become a bottleneck, causing delays across the network.

We know the junction doesn’t have sufficient capacity to accommodate forecast traffic growth beyond 2019, even without the new HS2 station, so we’re building:

  • a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road, aligned to the west of Bickenhill
  • a new junction (5a) on the M42 motorway, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull)
  • two new roundabouts north of the B4102 Solihull Road on either side of the M42 motorway
  • a new overbridge above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel, providing cyclists and walkers with a safer route to cross the A45

Once complete motorists will benefit from smoother journeys and the work will support economic growth.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • ensure the safe and reliable operation of the road network
  • increase the capacity at junction 6, reducing congestion
  • improve access to key businesses and locations such as Birmingham Airport and support economic growth in the area
  • improve access for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable users of the network

Documents

The DCO process was established by the Planning Act 2008 and is used for certain large and complex schemes (including highway improvements) that have been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Government.

The benefits of the DCO process include extensive pre-application consultation, detailed analysis, including a full Environmental Impact Assessment, and examination by an independent inspector before the final decision is made.

The Secretary of State for Transport granted development consent for the M42 junction 6 Development Consent Order (DCO) on 21 May 2020.

Development Consent Order – Requirements Register

 

Requirements are conditions that have been included in the DCO, which control how the project must be implemented (constructed and maintained). Implementing the DCO in accordance with these conditions involves completing consultation and approval processes that have been defined in the DCO. These processes are referred to here and in the DCO as “discharging” the requirements.

 

This Requirements Register is a live document and will be updated as the process to discharge the requirements progresses.

 

The latest version will always be published on this page.

 

M42 junction 6 improvements - Development Consent Order (DCO) requirements register

 

This register will be maintained for three years following completion of the project. The register sets out:

  • each requirement
  • whether the requirement needs approval by the Secretary of State (or other duty holder)
  • whether any approval has been applied for or given

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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