New lights to be installed on M6/M42 link road at Coleshill, Birmingham

Published date: 13 January 2014
Type:Press release
Region: West Midlands

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 13 January 2014

Work to replace lighting columns on the M6/M42 link
road between junctions 5 and 4 of the M6 at Coleshill, Birmingham, starts on
Monday 20 January.


The work will be carried out under overnight
closures of the hard shoulder between 9pm and 6am from 20 January to 9 February.

A full carriageway closure will be in place from 10 February to 14
February.

During the total closures traffic will be diverted
southbound on the M6 to junction 4, the A446 to Stonebridge Island and the A45
westbound where traffic can join the M42 at junction 6.

Highways Agency project manager Purnima
Kaul said:

“This work will lead to improved lighting
for road users and reduced traffic management for maintenance.

“The work will be carried out at night to
minimise disruption but we advise road users to allow extra time for their
journeys.”

Notes to Editors:

1.
The Highways Agency is an executive agency of
the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other
strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2.
Maintenance and
improvement projects
: We
plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be
completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road
users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are
less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for
road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools
that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and
we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

3.
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road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road
users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed
limit – it is there for your safety.

- Get into the correct
lane in good time – don’t keep switching.

- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the
roadworks.

- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or
entering roadworks.

- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues
in front.

- Observe all signs – they are there to help
you.

- And be alert for
road workers, the roads are their workplace.

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