M42 junction 6
We are making safety and capacity improvements to this important strategic route to support economic growth and planned development in the region.
We value your feedback
We’ve launched an innovative new feedback tool that gives you the chance to let us know what you think about our work on the M42 junction 6.
We’re one of the first major Midlands schemes to benefit from the new ECHO software, which stands for Every Customer Has an Opinion.
The tool is quick and easy to use. You can click on the interactive map and pinpoint the precise location of something you’ve seen and want to let us know about. Once you’ve added your comments, you can submit the online form which is sent directly to the project team.
By letting us know what you think about the M42 junction 6 scheme we can quickly correct anything that’s not quite right and use your feedback to help shape our future decisions, so we’re always doing the best for you.
ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can call us on 0300 123 500 or email the project team at M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk.
Traffic congestion and poor journey reliability have constrained investment and economic growth around the M42 at junction 6. Having almost reached capacity, the junction has become a bottleneck, causing delays across the network.
We know the junction doesn’t have sufficient capacity to accommodate forecast traffic growth beyond 2019, even without the new HS2 station, so we’re building:
- a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road, aligned to the west of Bickenhill
- a new junction (5a) on the M42 motorway, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull)
- two new roundabouts north of the B4102 Solihull Road on either side of the M42 motorway
- a new overbridge above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel, providing cyclists and walkers with a safer route to cross the A45
Once complete motorists will benefit from smoother journeys and the work will support economic growth.
The objectives of the scheme are to:
- ensure the safe and reliable operation of the road network
- increase the capacity at junction 6, reducing congestion
- improve access to key businesses and locations such as Birmingham Airport and support economic growth in the area
- improve access for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable users of the network
The DCO process was established by the Planning Act 2008 and is used for certain large and complex schemes (including highway improvements) that have been designated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) by the Government.
The benefits of the DCO process include extensive pre-application consultation, detailed analysis, including a full Environmental Impact Assessment, and examination by an independent inspector before the final decision is made.
The Secretary of State for Transport granted development consent for the M42 junction 6 Development Consent Order (DCO) on 21 May 2020.
Development Consent Order – Requirements Register
This register will be maintained for three years following completion of the project. The register sets out:
- each requirement
- whether the requirement needs approval by the Secretary of State (or other duty holder)
- whether any approval has been applied for or given
A guide to the planning process
Option 1 example corridor of impact
Option 2 example corridor of impact
Option 3 example corridor of impact
Example cross sections
Preferred Route Announcement leaflet
Preferred Route Announcement diagram
Report on Public Consultation
Technical Appraisal Report
Scheme Assessment Report