M6 junctions 4 to 10a Dynamic Hard Shoulder enhancements

We are upgrading dynamic hard shoulder motorways, starting with the central reservation barriers.

Start date March 2022
End date TBC
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 16 February 2024

    Upcoming lane closures next week

    Next week we’ll be working on new CCTV camera mast installation overnight on the M6 between junctions 6 and 8.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 February

    M6 J8 to 6 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversions required as lane closures only

    M6 J7 southbound entry slip road closed

    At M6 J8, take the M5 southbound to J1, exit and then re-join the M5 northbound to return to the M6 southbound

    M5 northbound to M6 southbound link road – lane 1 closure

    No diversions required as lane closures only

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions.

    Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 09 February 2024

    Upcoming lane closures

    Next week we will be working overnight on installing CCTV cameras along the M6 between junctions 6 and 7.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 12 to Friday 16 February

    M6 J7 to 6 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversions required as lane closures only

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling.

    All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions.

    Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 25 January 2024

    Upcoming lane closures until Friday 2 February

    Next week we’re continuing to install new CCTV cameras on the M6 between junctions 8 and 10a.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February

    M6 J10a to 8 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversions required as lane closures only

    Thursday 1 February

    M54 eastbound (J1) to M6 southbound (J10a) link road – lane 1 closure  

     

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 19 January 2024

    Upcoming lane closures next week  until Friday 26 January

    Next week we’re continuing to install new CCTV cameras on the M6 between junctions 8 and 10a.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 22 to Friday 26 January

    M6 J10a to 8 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversions required as lane closures only

    Monday 22, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January

    M54 eastbound (J1) to M6 southbound (J10a) link road – lane 1 closure  

    Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 January

    M6 J8 to 10a northbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

     

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 12 January 2024

    Upcoming lane closures until Friday 19 January

    Next week we’ll be preparing to install new CCTV cameras on the M6 between junctions 8 and 10a.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:

     

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 15 to Friday 19 January

    M6 J10a to 8 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 January

    M54 eastbound (J1) to M6 southbound (J10a) link road – lane 1 closure  

     

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 07 December 2023

    Upcoming road and lane closures in December 2023

    Next week we’ll be preparing to install new CCTV cameras on the M6 between junctions 5 and 10a.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am:
    Date of closure Details of closure Diversion route
    Tuesday 12 December M6 J8 to 5 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure No diversion as lane closures only.
    Wednesday 13 December M6 J8 to 5 southbound – lane 1 closure
    Full closure of the A38 (M) Aston Expressway to M6 J6 southbound link road Traffic wanting to join the M6 southbound should instead use the A38 (M) to M6 northbound link road and head north on the M6 to J7, exit and then re-join the M6 southbound.
    Thursday 14 December M6 J8 to 5 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure No diversion as lane closures only.
    M5 northbound to M6 J8 southbound link road – lane 1 closure
    Sunday 17 December M6 J8 to 10a northbound – lane 2 and 3 closure
    M6 J10a to 8 southbound – hard shoulder, lane 2 and 3 closure (lane 1 open)

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 29 November 2023

    Upcoming closures until Thursday 7 December

    Next week we’ll be testing the carriageway lighting on the M6 between junctions 4 and 5. For the safety of our workers and all road users, this work requires some overnight lane and slip road closures. Please see the table below for more information.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am, unless otherwise stated, on the dates listed below:
    Date of closure Details of closure Diversion route
    Wednesday 6 December

    Full closure of the M6 J5 southbound entry slip road

    Please note: this closure will be in place from 11.30pm

    Traffic wanting to join the M6 southbound at J5 should continue along the A452 to the A446 and join the M6 southbound at J4.
    M6 J5 to 4 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure No diversion as lane closures only.
    M6 J4 to 5 northbound – lane 1 and 2 closure
    M42 southbound (J8) to M6 (J4a) northbound link road – lane 1 closure

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

  • 16 November 2023

    Upcoming closures until Saturday 25 November

    Next week we'll be putting in place some overnight closures while we continue carrying out piling preparatory works and surveys for new CCTV cameras between junctions 5 and 8. Please see the table below for more information.

    Please note that there are no closures currently planned for the following week (27 November to 1 December), however for the safety of our workers, the 50mph speed restriction and existing 24/7 hard shoulder closure will remain in place for the duration of the scheme.

    The following closures will be in place overnight from 9pm until 6am, on the dates listed below:
    Date of closure Details of closure Diversion route
    Monday 20 to Friday 25 November M6 J8 to 5 southbound – lane 1 and 2 closure No diversion as lane closures only.
    M5 Northbound to M6 southbound (J8) link road – lane 1 closure
    M6 J7 southbound entry slip road closed Join the M6 using the J7 northbound entry slip road. Head north and exit at J9, before re-joining via the M6 J9 southbound entry slip road to continue south.

    We’re sorry for the disruption this work may cause to your journey and we encourage drivers to plan ahead and allow extra time when travelling. All closures are subject to change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances or poor weather conditions. Please check this webpage and our X (formerly Twitter) account (@HighwaysWMIDS) before travelling for the latest information.

    Details of all full closures on England’s motorways and major A roads over the next week can be found at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/travel-updates/road-closure-report.

Project information

Overview

These enhancements have been developed as part of our work to upgrade Dynamic Hard Shoulder motorways to the latest safety standards.

On 15 April 2023 the Government announced that plans for new smart motorways would be cancelled in recognition of the lack of public confidence felt by drivers and cost pressures. This follows an announcement in January 2022 to pause the rollout of new all lane running smart motorways, yet to start construction.

In line with this announcement we have cancelled the conversion programme while we consider alternative ways in which to operate the dynamic hard shoulder.

The Government and National Highways continue to invest £900 million in further safety improvements on existing smart motorways, and to give motorists clear advice when using existing smart motorways.

We are installing further safety measures for DHS motorways in operation, including upgrading the central reservation barrier.

Concrete barriers are even stronger than metal ones and significantly reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over from one carriageway to another, improving safety and reducing the duration of incident-related congestion.

They are also virtually maintenance free and will last twice as long as normal metal barriers, with far less need for closures for routine repairs.

While we are working in the central reservation, we’re also renewing road lighting, before moving into the verge to upgrade drainage, install new CCTV to ensure even better coverage, new signs to improve visibility of emergency areas, and also creating new places to stop in an emergency where appropriate.

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