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

  • 14 June 2024

    Our lane closures next week

    This weekend and next week we’ll be working overnight between M6 junctions 4 and 10a carrying out new CCTV camera installation works.

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

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Saturday 15 June

    M6 J5 to J8 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M6 J8 to J5 southbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    M5 J1 northbound to M6 southbound link road – hard shoulder and lane 1 closure

    M6 J7 southbound entry slip road – full closure

    Traffic will be diverted onto M6 northbound to join the M5 southbound at J8. Then exit at M5 J1, and then join the M5 northbound. Then join the M6 southbound via the M5 north/M6 southbound link road

    Monday 17 June

    M6 J8 to 5 southbound – hard shoulder and lane 1 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    A38(M) Aston Expressway northbound to M6 southbound link road – full closure

    Traffic will be diverted from the A38 (M) northbound onto the M6 northbound to J7 to exit, then to join the M6 southbound.

    Tuesday 18 June

    M6 J8 to J10a northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M5 northbound to M6 northbound link road -  hard shoulder and lane 1 closure

    Wednesday 19 June

    M6 J4 to J5 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    M6 J5 to J4 southbound -  hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    M6 J8 to J5 southbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    A38(M) Aston Expressway northbound to M6 southbound link road – full closure

    Traffic will be diverted from the A38 (M) northbound onto the M6 northbound to J7 to exit, then to join the M6 southbound.

    Friday 21 June

    M6 J4 to J5 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M6 J5 to J4 southbound - hard shoulder, 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.

  • 10 May 2024

    Upcoming closures

    Next week we’ll be working overnight between M6 junctions 5 and 10a, carrying out cabling works to new CCTV cameras.

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

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 13 May

    M6 J8 to J10a northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 May

    M6 J5 to J8 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    A38(M) Aston Expressway northbound to M6 northbound link road – full closure

    Traffic will be diverted from the A38(M) northbound onto the M6 southbound to J4 to exit, then to join the M6 northbound.

     

    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.

  • 03 May 2024

    Upcoming closures

    Next week we’ll be working overnight between M6 junctions 5 and 10a, carrying out cabling works to new CCTV cameras.

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

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Tuesday 7 May

    M6 J8 northbound – full closure

    From the M6 at J8 head south on the M5 to J1 and exit. Then take the northbound M5 and rejoin the M6 northbound using the M5 northbound to M6 northbound slip road

    Friday 10 May

    M6 J8 to J10a northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion 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.

  • 26 April 2024

    Upcoming closures

    Next week we’ll be working overnight between M6 junctions 4 and 5, carrying out drainage cover maintenance.

    Also between M6 junctions 5 and 8, we'll be surfacing the new Emergency Areas (near junction 6) and working on CCTV cameras.

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

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 29 April

    M6 J4a to J4 southbound – full closure

    From the M6 at J4a head south on the M42 to J6 and exit. Then take the eastbound A45 and A452 to the A446, head northbound on the A446 to reach M6 J4

    M6  J5 to J4 northbound– lane 3 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M6 J8 to J5 southbound – hard shoulder and lane 1 closure

    A38(M) Aston Expressway to M6 J6 southbound link road – full closure

    Head north on the M6 to J7, exit and rejoin the M6 southbound

    Tuesday 30 April

    M6 J8 to J5 southbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    Wednesday 1 May

    M6 J5 to J8 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    A38(M) Aston Expressway to M6 J6 northbound link road – full closure

    Head south on the M6 to J4, exit and rejoin the M6 northbound

    M6 J8 to J5 southbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M5 J1 to M6 northbound link road -  hard shoulder and lane 1 closure

    Thursday 2 May

    M6 J5 to J8 northbound – hard shoulder, lane 1 and 2 closure

    A38(M) Aston Expressway to M6 J6 northbound link road – full closure

    Head south on the M6 to J4, exit and rejoin the M6 northbound

     

    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.

  • 18 April 2024

    Upcoming lane and slip road closures next week

    Next week we’ll be working overnight between junctions 4 and 5, installing identification labels on lamp columns and carrying out drainage cover maintenance.

    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 April

    M6 J4 to J5 northbound – lane 1 and 2 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M42 southbound to M6 northbound link road – lane 1 closure

    Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 April

    M6 J5 northbound exit slip road – full closure

    Continue on M6 to J6, exit and take the eastbound A38 onto the southbound A452 to reach M6 J5

     

    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 April 2024

    Upcoming lane closures next week

    Next week we’ll be working overnight between junctions 4 and 5, installing identification labels on lamp columns and carrying out drainage cover maintenance.

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

    Date of closure

    Details of closure

    Diversion route

    Monday 15 to Thursday 18 April

    M6 J5 to J4 southbound – lane 2 and 3 closure

    No diversion required as lane closures only

    M6 J4 to J5 northbound – lane 2 and 3 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.

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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