Construction on the motorway began in 1976 with a link between Birmingham, its airport and the NEC and the final section was completed in 1989 which linked it to the M5.
On 12 September 2006, motorists on the M42 were the first in the country to be able to drive on the hard shoulder during busy periods as part of the active traffic management scheme.
M42 Traffic Information
On the M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6, there are currently delays of 10 mins due to roadworks closing two lanes. Expect disruption until 6:00 am.[View Traffic England page...]
On the M42 northbound between junctions J5 and J6, expect delays of up to 10 mins at peak times due to roadworks closing two lanes, between 8 pm and 6 am, from 21 April 2015 to 13 June 2015.[View Traffic England page...]
M42 Road Projects
Northbound carriageway surfacing, including treatment of pothole locations and associated renewal of road markings and road studs.[View road project page...]
This scheme proposes to resurface the M42 junction 6 southbound entry slip road.[View road project page...]
Resurfacing a section of the M42 carriageway between junction 9 and 10 northbound and replacing traffic loops.[View road project page...]
Resurfacing of the carriageway to improve the ride quality and safety for the travelling public.[View road project page...]
We resurfaced the carriageway on the M42 in both directions between junctions 9 and 10, near Tamworth in Staffordshire.[View road project page...]