M6 Junction 10a-13: Smart Motorway
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Public Information Exhibition
We recently held an information exhibition at The Haling Dene Centre, Penkridge on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July 2013. Thank you to all those who attended.
A copy of the information leaflet and the poster are available from the Publications page.
Environmental Assessment Report
The Environmental Assessment Report has now been published and can be downloaded from our Publications Page.
Consultation on Statutory Instruments
If you responded to our recent Consultation on the implementation of variable mandatory speed limits then we will be responding to you shortly.
What is happening?
We are working to improve the M6 by making it a "smart motorway" between junctions 10a and 13. Smart motorways (previously known as managed motorways) help relieve congestion by using technology to vary speed limits. They also allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane to create additional capacity. They deliver these benefits at a significantly lower cost than conventional motorway widening and with less impact on the environment during construction. Find out more about smart motorways.
When and where is this happening?
In the November 2011 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the M6 Junction 10a to 13 Smart Motorway scheme would be prepared for start of construction before 2015.
Following this, the 2012 Budget announcement confirmed the start of construction for this scheme to be in financial year 2014/15, subject to the outcome of statutory processes. Since then, the Prime Minister announced that this scheme would be one of four schemes to be included in a pilot to significantly reduce the delivery time of road projects; we have been challenged to complete this scheme by spring 2015.
Advanced enabling works started in September 2013 and full construction began on 31 October 2013. This is ahead of the construction start date previously planned to take place between January and March 2014. For more information please visit our Current Delivery Programme page.
This Smart Motorway scheme will be carried out on the M6 between junctions 10a-13, located near Stafford and Cannock.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The M6 between Birmingham and Manchester is a strategic route that carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Congestion and unreliable journey times are already being experienced at busy periods and traffic is predicted to continue to grow.
The M6 meets a number of important high level needs:
- It is part of the Trans-European Network of Roads (Route E5)
- It is part of the national motorway network making a major contribution to the UK economy
- It forms an integral part of the main transport corridor connecting the Midlands, the North West of England, Scotland and Wales
- It is a major transport link for the movement of freight and other strategic traffic
- It facilitates the movement of holiday traffic and access to national events
The estimated outturn cost of this scheme is £87.5 million.
How will the scheme be carried out?
This project is formed of two distinct sections:
- Junctions 10a-11a
It is proposed that this section between M54 and the M6 toll will have the benefit of controlled motorway technology that can use gantry signing to control lane discipline and speeds, but would not necessarily implement hard shoulder running. It would enable the full benefit of providing dedicated slip road lanes at the interchanges with M54 and M6 toll. This will help accommodate the high flows expected to enter and leave the M6 at these motorway interchanges, when hard shoulder running is in place to the north and/or south.
- Junctions 11a-13
- It is proposed that this section from the M6 toll to Stafford, will have the benefit of hard shoulder running.
What are the benefits?
This project will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of the traffic, improving safety and journey times. These benefits will also support economic development in the region.
We already have evidence of the benefits that a smart motorway scheme can bring. The first smart motorway scheme opened to traffic on the M42 motorway in 2006. Recent analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey time reliability improved by 22 per cent and reduced emissions by up to 10 per cent, due to traffic flowing more smoothly.
In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half (55.7%) since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured.
How do I find out more information ?
More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
Will there be roadworks?
Yes, there will be roadworks. There will be a requirement for some overnight closures, the details of which will be added to this website when required.
How will you manage traffic?
From junction 11 to 13 we will be running full narrow lanes on both carriageways.
Will there be diversions?
Diversions will only be put in place during the road closures.
M6 Junction 10A - 13 Managed Motorway - Business Case - Information correct as at December
Information about the public exhibition on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July 2013 for the M6 Junction 10a-13 Managed Motorway.
M6 Junction 10a-13 Managed Motorway - Notice of Determination - July 2013
Environmental Assessment Report for the M6 Junction 10a-13 Managed Motorway scheme.