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Interchange - M42 J6

M42 M6 Link Roads

Ends: Ongoing

Last updated: 15 June 2021

What’s happening?

Major transport improvements are happening in the east of Birmingham and Solihull area. These include: 

  • HS2 - Britain’s new high-speed railway
  • improvements to junction 6 of the M42
  • the new Sprint bus route along the A45

During the work, the way you travel in the area will change. There will be disruption to: 

  • junction 6 of the M42
  • the A452
  • the A446
  • the A45

M42 M6 Link Roads

As part of the wider HS2 works in the area work will be carried out on the M6/M42 link roads. This includes creating an access and egress point off the east bound link road. Preparation works will also begin for the viaducts which will cross the link roads in this location.

To undertake works safely, throughout Summer 2021 Balfour Beatty Vinci will work with Highways England to implement temporary overnight road closures on the eastbound link road. Long term narrow lanes will be in place, reducing the speed limit to 50mph. These narrow lanes will be in place for the duration of BBV’s construction programme (until 2024).

During these works there will be temporary closures of the link roads in both directions with diversion routes in place where necessary.

Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.

If you have any questions regarding the closure, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk 

To receive updates about the works and the associated traffic management, subscribe to HS2 in Warwickshire at www.hs2inwarwickshire.co.uk  

Travel tips

You will still be able to get to where you need to go, but consider the following:

Plan ahead and leave more time for your journey. If you travel, you’ll need more time for your journey to take account of changes and diversions.
Travelling locally. A signed diversion will be in place for road users who use the east and west bound M6/M42 link roads. Our temporary road closures will take place throughout the night. However, travel around surrounding areas may be busier than normal. Plan ahead using apps and journey planners.
Travelling on the M42. A signed diversion will be in place for road users who use the westbound link road which will mean potentially more people travelling on the M42 between junctions 8 and 6.
Travelling on the M6. A signed diversion will be in place for road users who use the eastbound link road which will mean potentially more people travelling between the M6 Junction 4 and the M42 Junction 6.