Overnight closures of M6 near Rugby

Published date: 3 February 2014
Type:Press release
Region: West Midlands

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued 3 February 2014

Overnight work to install new solar road studs on the M6 between junction 1 and junction 2 near Rugby starts on Monday 17 February.

The six-week scheme involves a full closure of the northbound carriageway for the first three weeks followed by a full closure of the southbound carriageway for the second three.

Work takes place from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday. Traffic will be diverted via the M69, A5 and A42, or vice versa.

Highways Agency project manager Charlotte Foster said:

“The new studs will be laid between lanes one and two and two and three and will lead to increased visibility and safety on the M6

“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.
Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and
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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