Work to upgrade the M6 to provide Smart Motorway technology between Stafford and Stoke on Trent, in order to tackle congestion and improve capacity. This section of the motorway is one of the busiest parts that have not yet been converted.
Like nearby Smart Motorway projects on the M6 between junctions 10 and 12, and between17 and 19, is expected to include all-lane-running (conversion of the hard shoulder to a full-time normal traffic lane) as well as variable speed limits and other signalling technology.
This scheme is part of the Smart Motorways programme of works.
This scheme will also involve some improvements to J15, according to the video in the scheme's webpage, which implies something happening to the northbound off-slip, possibly a change in alignment. However, the work will be nowhere near the complete redesign of the junction that many of its users feel it needs.
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With thanks to David Peek for information on this page.