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.
Visit our M42 junction 6 feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.
ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: M42Junction6@nationalhighways.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