M6 Junctions 4 to 5 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

  • 01 July 2022

    July Project Update

    We've almost completed the work to upgrade the central barrier of the M6 between junctions 4 and 5. In order to remove all traffic management equipment in time for the Commonwealth Games, a number of closures are now required between Monday 4 July and Tuesday 12 July.

    Signed diversion routes will be in place. Please note that these closures may be subject to change due to unforeseen weather or operational issues. Please check this webpage for updates before you travel.

    Road closures

    Monday 4 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Northbound J4 – J6 closure

    Northbound J4 entry slip road closure

    Full Northbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Full Southbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Tuesday 5 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Southbound J6 – J4 closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38 Salford Circus roundabout closure

    Southbound J5 entry slip road closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38(M) Aston Expressway closure

    Wednesday 6 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Northbound J4 – J6 closure

    Northbound J4 entry slip road closure

    Full Northbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Full Southbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Thursday 7 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Southbound J6 – J4 closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38 Salford Circus roundabout closure

    Southbound J5 entry slip road closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38(M) Aston Expressway closure

    Friday 8 July 9pm – 6am

    Northbound J4 – J5 lane 2 and 3 closure

    Saturday 9 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Southbound J6 – J4 closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38 Salford Circus roundabout closure

    Southbound J5 entry slip road closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38(M) Aston Expressway closure

    Monday 11 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Northbound J4 – J6 closure

    Northbound J4 entry slip road closure

    Full Northbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Full Southbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Tuesday 12 July 9pm – 6am

    Full Southbound J6 – J4 closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38 Salford Circus roundabout closure

    Southbound J5 entry slip road closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38(M) Aston Expressway closure

    Wednesday 13 July 9pm – 6am (TBC)

    Full Northbound J4 – J6 closure

    Northbound J4 entry slip road closure

    Full Northbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Full Southbound M42 to Northbound M6 link road closure

    Thursday 14 July 9pm – 6am (TBC)

    Full Southbound J6 – J4 closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38 Salford Circus roundabout closure

    Southbound J5 entry slip road closure

    Full Southbound J6 link from A38(M) Aston Expressway closure


    The Commonwealth Games are being held in Birmingham between Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August 2022. The next section of barrier upgrade will be between M6 J8-10a, and this will start after the games finish.

  • 23 May 2022

    May Project Update

    In March, we started work to upgrade the central barrier of the M6 between junctions 4 and 5, and we’ve been making good progress since.

    All traffic management such as narrowed lanes and reduced speed limits are in place on both carriageways, to allow a safer working environment in the centre of the motorway.

    So far, we have removed all of the existing steel barrier, traffic signs and lighting columns from the motorway. We’re now carrying out earthworks and installing ducts and drainage. We expect this phase of work to be complete in the coming weeks, and we’ll then begin installing the new concrete central barrier.

    Due to the limited working space available, we’re mostly working overnight when we’re able to close lanes to provide a wider working area.

    We’re working hard to complete this project before the Commonwealth Games in July. If we’re unable to do so, we will remove our roadworks for the duration of the games, and complete the project afterwards.

  • 14 March 2022

    Advance notice of road closures

    Work to upgrade safety barriers along this busy section of motorway gets underway this month.  

    So our team can work safely, the following full road closures and lane closures are needed so we can install traffic management.

    Northbound M6

    Monday 14 March to Friday 18 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: full road closure between junctions 4 and 6

    Sunday 20 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: full road closure between junctions 4 and 6

    Monday 21 March and Tuesday 22 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: lane 2 and 3 closures between junctions 4 and 6 

    Southbound M6

    Friday 18 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: hardshoulder, lane 1 and 2 closures between junctions 6 and 4

    Monday 21 March 2022 to Friday 25 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: full road closure between junctions 6 and 4 

    Sunday 27 March 2022
    9pm – 6am: lane 2 and 3 closures between junctions 6 and 4

    All diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

    These closures may be subject to change due to poor weather or for operational reasons.

    If you have any questions about our work, please contact us by calling: 0300 123 5000 or by emailing us at: DHSenhancements@nationalhighways.co.uk

    More information about the Dynamic Hard Shoulder Enhancements programme can be found online at: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/DHSenhancements

  • 02 March 2022

    Work starts to upgrade barriers

    Work to upgrade safety barriers along busy sections of motorway will get underway in March 2022.  

    The M6 between junction 4 at Coleshill and 5 for Castle Bromwich will have its steel central reservation barrier upgraded to concrete.  

    The work is the start of a series of safety enhancements we are bringing to dynamic hard shoulder motorways across the country.

Project information

Overview

The barrier upgrade has been developed as part of our work to upgrade older Dynamic Hard Shoulder motorways to the latest safety standard.  

As announced in the Government response to the Transport Committee recommendations, the conversion of DHS motorway to All Lane Running is being paused, while we consider alternative ways in which to operate the dynamic hard shoulder.  

In the meantime we will be installing further safety measures for DHS motorways are in operation, including upgrading the central reservation barrier. 

Work on the barrier upgrade is expected to be complete in Autumn 2022. Traffic restrictions will be lifted for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. 

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. 

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Traffic information

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

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