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 slip road to the M5 northbound will be closed , due to roadworks, between 10 pm and 6 am, from 5 October 2015 to 10 October 2015.[View Traffic England page...]