West Midlands - Maintenance schemes

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We’ll be replacing the footbridge that crosses the A5 at Atherstone. The old footbridge no longer meets the requirements in accordance with current standards, this will be replaced with a bridge that is suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. Our new footbridge will be built in close proximity to the already existing structure. Once built, this will continue to provide a safe crossing point over the A5 for pedestrians, cyclists and school children. This will also reduce the need for any future maintenance to be carried out to the bridge itself for many years to come.

To reduce disruption to customers, the work will be delivered in phases as follows;

Phase 1, these are our advanced works which will include vegetation clearance, and the installation of the contraflow which will be used throughout Phase 2. During this time, our traffic management will be in place between Holly Lane roundabout and Mancetter roundabout using a combination of lane closures and full carriageway closures.

Phase 2, these are our main works which will allow us to build the foundations and supports for the new steel footbridge. Once these are in place, we’ll then be ready to install the new steel footbridge which spans across the A5. Most of our work will be carried out under lane closures, this will ensure the A5 remains open for the majority of our works, resulting in less disruption to our customers. However, there will be times when we have to close the A5 to install the new footbridge. For further updates, we would request that customers sign up to our A5 mailing list by emailing noreplyA5WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk. We’ll provide additional information and traffic management bulletins as the works progress. 

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

 

We carried out work on the A46 SRLPEI scheme last year which included installing a number of masts along the A46. These have been designed to capture renewable energy to power future technology. We’re returning to complete construction works which include an additional seven masts along the A46. Once installed, we’ll be able to provide relevant driver information via our variable messaging signs.

We’ll also install technology to provide information on the road condition. The aim of this technology is to help inform our customers of journey times, road conditions and improve safety. This will also allow drivers to plan their journey better or select alternative routes. This is a first step in reducing our carbon footprint by using renewable energy to power our technology.

We’ll work throughout the day, Monday to Friday. Each site will take approximately 3 weeks to construct using lane closures and two-way temporary lights. These will be installed along the verge between Back Lane and Beckford Road. We’ll also complete outstanding work to two of the existing sites. There will be additional work required after February, but this will be to install, test and commission equipment.

We’d encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We’ll do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

We’ll be replacing the safety barrier, alternatively known as the ‘vehicle restraint system’, on the M5 between junction 6 and junction 7. We’ll remove the existing steel barrier in the central reserve, which will then be replaced with a new concrete barrier. This will ensure we continue to provide a safer road to all road users. Our work will also include lighting and drainage improvements.

Our work will start on 21 February 2022, and this should complete by Spring 2023. This will include a combination of day time and night time working. To reduce disruption to customers, most of our work will be carried out under narrow lanes which will ensure the M5 remains open. For added safety, a 50mph speed limit will be in place, along with speed enforcement and free recovery. This has been designed to protect both the road user and workforce on site.

To install the narrow lanes, we’ll need a number of overnight closures between junction 5 and junction 8. These will be in place as follows:

M5 northbound, junction 7 entry and exit slip closed overnight on 21 February, 22 February and 23 February, 8pm to 6am.

M5 northbound, junction 6 entry and exit slip closed overnight on 24 February, 25 February, 26 February and 27 February, 8pm to 6am.

M5 northbound, junction 8 to junction 5 closed overnight on 5 March and 6 March, 8pm to 6am.

M5 southbound, junction 6 entry and exit slip closed overnight on 28 February, 1 March, 2 March, 3 March and 4 March, 8pm to 6am.

M5 southbound, junction 7 entry and exit slip closed overnight on 7 March and 8 March, 8pm to 6am.

M5 southbound, junction 5 to junction 8 closed overnight on 12 March and 13 March, 8pm to 6am.

During full carriage way closures, a fully signed diversion will be in place.

During slip road closures, a fully signed diversion will be in place to the next junction and back.

To complete aspects of our work safely, there will be times when we need to close the M5 between junction 6 and junction 7. We’ll provide further updates regarding closures via our M5 mailing list. To receive these updates, please subscribe by emailing noreplyM5WMids@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Our work is subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances. Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journey.

We’d also encourage drivers to stick to speed limits and follow appropriate signage to ensure the safety of those working on site and fellow road users. 

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

We’re going to be working beneath the M5 viaduct between junction 1 and junction 2, carrying out planned maintenance. This maintenance is a continuous activity that happens beneath the viaducts in the West Midlands to ensure the motorways keep connecting the country.

We’re installing a system that prevents the deterioration of the steel reinforcement which in turn protects the concrete from damage. This reduces the need for future maintenance, meaning less roadworks impacting the motorways.

Our work will be below the viaduct and will have no impact on the M5 itself. The work will take place during the day. We may need some localised overnight closures of roads beneath the viaduct to set up the scaffolding for our work to take place. These will be minimal and diversions only very short. Where the works affect a local road, we will work with the local councils to find the safest and least impactful way to undertake the works.

We will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum. 

Update - 28 May 2021

We now need to work on a section of the viaduct where it passes over the A4031 Spon Lane South. To do this safely we’ll need to close a short section of Spon Lane South underneath the M5 to all traffic except pedestrians.

We’re going to work at weekends to minimise disruption to road users and reduce the impact on the local economy.

We’ll close Spon Lane South from 8pm Friday to 6am Monday. The first weekend closure is planned for Friday 11 June – Monday 14 June. We’ll continue to close the road every weekend until the last weekend closure planned for Friday 20 August – Monday 23 August.

Spon Lane South will be open as normal during the week.

During the weekend closures access to properties within the closure points will be maintained and bus routes will be diverted.

We’ll be carrying out resurfacing work on the M6 southbound between junction 16 and junction 15. The work has been identified following the deterioration of the carriageway. The completed work will provide a smoother surface and safer road to road users. We’ll also complete additional work which will include vegetation clearance, drainage improvements, carriageway sweeping, safety barrier repairs and renewing traffic signs.  

We’ll work from 8 August 2022, and we expect to complete by 25 August 2022.

Our work will take place overnight, when traffic volumes are lower, from 9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

To carry out our work safely, our traffic management will be installed as follows:

Monday 8 August to Friday 12 August – closures of the hard shoulder, lane 1 and lane 2 (Keele Services open as usual).

Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August – M6 southbound full carriageway closure between junction 16 and junction 15.

Monday 22 August to Thursday 25 August – M6 southbound full carriageway closure between junction 16 and junction 15.  

During full carriageway closures, Welcome Break Keele – Southbound Services will be closed. Vehicles that are within the services when we close the road will be escorted through the closure.

Emergency vehicles will have access throughout and we’ll provide a fully signed diversion route - please see below.

Please note, our planned work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. 




We’ll be carrying out resurfacing work at various locations on the M42 northbound between junction 7 and junction 9, including A4097 Kingsbury Road roundabout. The work has been identified following the deterioration of the carriageway. We’ll also be replacing the road markings and road studs. The completed work will provide a smoother surface and safer road, including clearer road markings.

We’ll start this work on Monday 23 May 2022 and expect it to be completed by late September 2022. Our work will take place overnight, when traffic is lower, from 9pm to 6am, Monday to Saturday.

To carry out our work safely and to reduce the impact on road users and the local economy, we’ll work within phased closures of the M42.

Please note, our planned work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. We will not work over bank holidays.

Access will be maintained throughout for the emergency services.

During closures, we’ll provide a fully signed diversion route.

Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journey. We'd like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to those living close to the work. We’ll make every effort to carefully manage noise levels and additional lighting to minimise the impact.

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