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.

Start date Started
End date 2024-25
Cost £282 million

Latest updates

  • 16 September 2021

    Advance notice of road closure: A45 Westbound

    On 24 and 25 September we need to close the A45 Westbound carriageway near Clock Interchange from 10pm to 5.30am. The A45 Eastbound carriageway will be open as usual.

    This full carriageway closure is needed so our team can safely install narrow lanes. This work includes fitting safety barriers and temporary white lines.

    These narrow lanes are needed to make it safe for our workers building the M42 junction 6 improvement scheme, so there’s a barrier between live traffic and our team. They’ll be in place until 13 June 2022, removed for the Commonwealth Games, then reinstalled after 15 August 2022.

    When the road is closed, we’ll clearly signpost the diversion route which will take traffic via the B4438, onto the B4102, Damson Parkway and back onto the A45 Westbound carriageway.

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you have any questions about this road closure, you can email us at: M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or call us on: 0300 123 5000.

  • 09 September 2021

    Public Information Events - meet the team

    We’re improving the M42 junction 6 by building:

    • a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road
    • a new junction (5a)
    • two new roundabouts
    • a new footbridge

    These improvements will allow traffic to move on and off the A45 more easily, reducing congestion and delays. They’ll also improve access to businesses like Birmingham Airport and the NEC, helping to boost the local economy and create jobs.

    Later this month, we’re holding three public information events so the project team can share updates about how the scheme is progressing and answer your questions. We’ll also have a virtual model available to show what the new link road and junction improvements will look like when they’re complete.

    If you’d like to meet the team, learn more about the scheme or ask a question why not drop-in to see us at one of the events:

    • Friday 24 September, 11am - 8pm at Catherine de Barnes Village Hall, Hampton Lane, Catherine de Barnes, B91 2TJ
    • Monday 27 September, 10am - 7pm at Arden Hotel & Leisure Club, Henley Suite, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, B92 0EH.
    • Tuesday 28 September, 10am - 3pm at The Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, B92 0AH.

    Or, for more information about the junction improvements please:

  • 05 August 2021

    Summer newsletter is published

    Welcome to the summer 2021 edition of our M42 junction 6 newsletter.

    As our main construction phase gathers pace, in this issue you can read about the work we’ve delivered so far and take a look at our timeline of upcoming activities.

    You can find out more about our work on the A45 footbridge, the digital innovations we’re using to bring our project design to life and the reasons why we closed Solihull Road.

    Next month we’re holding public information events to talk about our scheme and we hope you’ll come along to meet the team. We’ll share details about these drop-in sessions nearer the time, but you can find the dates and places for the events on page 6 of our newsletter.

    For more information about the junction improvements you can:

  • 21 June 2021

    A section of Solihull Road is now temporarily closed

    On 21 June we temporarily closed a section of Solihull Road between the B4102 roundabout at Barbers Coppice and Eastcote Lane. The road will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 11 December 2022.

    During the road closure we’ll clearly signpost the agreed diversion route and maintain access for residents / to the nearby fields.

    Solihull Road Closure - Diversion Route

    If you have any questions about this road closure you can get in touch with us by emailing M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

  • 14 June 2021

    Temporary closure of Solihull Road

    From 21 June 2021 to 11 December 2022, we’ll temporarily close a section of Solihull Road between the B4102 roundabout at Barbers Coppice and Eastcote Lane. The road will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    By closing this section of Solihull Road we’ll significantly reduce:

    • the time needed to build this part of the scheme, by at least 5 months
    • our carbon footprint

    This is because we’ll no longer need to send our earthworks construction vehicles around the local road network, saving approximately 12,000 journeys. Instead, we’ll build a temporary road within our site boundary that connects directly onto the M42.

    During the road closure we’ll clearly signpost the agreed diversion route and maintain access for residents / to the nearby fields.

    We’ve also worked closely with Transport for West Midlands to identify a new route for the X20 and 89 bus services, which will increase the service offered to a wider area.

    If you have any questions about this road closure you can get in touch with us by emailing M42Junction6@highwaysengland.co.uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Project information


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


Requirements are conditions that have been included in the DCO, which control how the project must be implemented (constructed and maintained). Implementing the DCO in accordance with these conditions involves completing consultation and approval processes that have been defined in the DCO. These processes are referred to here and in the DCO as “discharging” the requirements.


This Requirements Register is a live document and will be updated as the process to discharge the requirements progresses.


The latest version will always be published on this page.


M42 junction 6 improvements - Development Consent Order (DCO) 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

Traffic information

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

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