M6 junction 10 improvement
M6 junction 10 congestion affects the local community and businesses, particularly during morning and evening peak times. The improvements will ease congestion and reduce journey times for the thousands of drivers who use it every day.
M6 Junction 10 Art Competition
In collaboration with Walsall Council, we’re launching an art competition to enhance the gateway into Walsall by promoting and showcasing artwork designed by local inspiring artists. The art will be installed along the new footpath running alongside the A454 East, which is a well-used pedestrian route. The selected artwork will be open for the appreciation of everyone, serving to enhance the quality, character and individuality of the area. The selected designs will be produced on steel sheets, approximately 1.8m x 1.3m in size, and will line the footpath.
We’re looking for art which incorporates Walsall’s rich heritage, encouraging a sense of community belonging and suicide prevention, to leave a positive legacy of the new junction. This art project is being supported by the local community including Walsall Council, West Midlands Police and local schools.
Applicants can submit as many designs as they would like, within the themes of – Welcome to Walsall, Walsall’s local heritage, diversity and inclusion and suicide prevention.
Please submit your designs via PDF or JPEG format by emailing them to: M6Junction10Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk.
Winning designs will be decided by National Highways and Walsall Council representatives. Winners will be contacted via email or telephone, so please provide a contact number and email address when applying. Winners will be contacted during February, when the steel fabrication process will begin.
The closing date for this competition is 28 January 2022, so please make sure your designs are submitted to us before this date. We look forward to seeing the designs, so please get involved in this exciting competition, get creative and good luck!
We value your feedback
Please visit our M6 junction 10 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: M6Junction10Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk
The M6 junction 10 currently experiences significant congestion and traffic delays, particularly during morning and evening peak times. Road capacity problems have been identified as one of the main transport issues facing the Black Country within the West Midlands Local Transport Plan.
The congestion includes queuing on the roundabout and the motorway slip roads, the Black Country Route and other roads leading to the junction. The improvements will ease congestion and reduce journey times for the thousands of drivers who use it every day
We're working collaboratively with Walsall council to deliver the scheme within the current budget and to meet commitments made in our Delivery Plan and Walsall Council’s major transport scheme priorities for the period 2015-19.
We have a target completion period but we’re working as quickly as possible and expect to complete the improvement work in 2022.
Existing M6 Junction 10 layout prior to works starting
New M6 Junction 10 layout after work has finished
As part of the improvement work we’ll:
- replace the two existing bridges with two new, four-lane bridges to increase capacity
- widen the existing junction slip roads
- improve the slip roads and approaches on the local road network
- widen the westbound A454 Black Country Route
Provide a freer flowing network by:
- reducing congestion on the A454 (Black Country Route and Wolverhampton Road) and other roads linking to the junction
- reducing ‘rat-running’ traffic on nearby routes
- reducing queuing on the motorway slip roads
Support economic growth by:
- improving access to the strategic road network
- attracting new business and development to the area
- improving links to nearby Enterprise Zone sites and other development sites
Provide a safe and maintainable network by:
- replacing the bridges, avoiding major disruptive maintenance work in the future
- improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders for crossing the junction safely
Aerial view of North Bridge March 2021
Aerial view of South Bridge March 2021
Aerial view over the Junction March 2021