M6 Junctions 4 to 5 Dynamic Hard Shoulder enhancements
We are upgrading dynamic hard shoulder motorways, starting with the central reservation barriers
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.