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

The M42 southbound will be closed between junctions J3A and J2, due to roadworks, between 10 pm and 6 am, from 14 August 2015 to 19 September 2015.

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M42 Road Projects

M42 Northbound from M6 Toll to Junction 9 surfacing

North­bound car­riage­way sur­fac­ing, includ­ing treat­ment of pot­hole loca­tions and asso­ci­ated renewal of road mark­ings and road studs.

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M42 Junction 6 Entry Slip Resurfacing

This scheme pro­poses to resur­face the M42 junc­tion 6 south­bound entry slip road.

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M42 Junction 9 to 10 Northbound Resurfacing and Radio Detection and Ranging works

Resur­fac­ing a sec­tion of the M42 car­riage­way between junc­tion 9 and 10 north­bound and replac­ing traf­fic loops.

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M42 Junctions 5 to 6 North and Southbound Improvement

Resur­fac­ing of the car­riage­way to improve the ride qual­ity and safety for the trav­el­ling public.

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M42 Junction 9 to 10 resurfacing

We resur­faced the car­riage­way on the M42 in both direc­tions between junc­tions 9 and 10, near Tam­worth in Staffordshire.

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