M6

M6

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Where would we be without the M6? Nowhere at all. It's Britain's longest motorway and carries (in total, over its whole length) more traffic than any other. Part of it was also Britain's first.

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M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway 20 April 2017

Upgrade of the M6 to Smart Motorway between junctions 16 and 19, in order to create a smoother flow of traffic and thus reduce congestion.

As well as variable speed limits, this is a full conversion to All-Lane-Running (turning the hard shoulder into a permanent fourth running lane) with only Emergency Refuge Areas provided instead.

This scheme replaces the earlier M6 J13-19 Smart Motorway scheme, which was withdrawn in 2014.

Works will initially be at the northern end of the scheme, before spreading south.

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M1 J19 Catthorpe 8 March 2017

Reconstruction of M1 Junction 19, the meeting place of the M1, M6 and A14. Provision of new free-flow links between M6 and A14. The plans as of Autumn 2003 will cause the realignment of the road between Catthorpe and Swinford away from the interchange, which in turn will mean the A14 from this interchange to Junction 1 will be upgraded to motorway.

The junction will carry the mainline of the M6 on to the A14, with sliproads between M1 south and M6, and between M1 north and A14.

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M6 J19 Improvement 21 September 2016

Improvements will be made to J19 of the M6 in order to reduce congestion and increase safety. The junction suffers problems handling current levels of traffic, and congestion is expected to be increase now that the adjacent A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement scheme has opened to traffic. Changes are therefore required to allow the junction to continue functioning.

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M6 J10A-13 Smart Motorway 8 February 2016

Provision of Smart Motorway technology on the M6 between junctions 10A and 13.

Between Junctions 10A and 11A (the M6 Toll), variable speed limits will be installed; north of junction 11A full Smart Motorway technology including conversion of the hard shoulder to a running lane ("all lane running") will be provided.

Work was initially planned to be complete by Spring 2015, but Highways England have since decided to add resurfacing to the programme, which has extended to timescale to Autumn 2015.

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M6 J13-J15 Smart Motorway 21 January 2016

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.

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M6 J16 Improvement 20 August 2015

Work is being carried out under the Pinch Point Programme to fully signalise the roundabout at M6 junction 16 and widen the circulatory carriageway. The existing bridges are already wide enough for the addition of extra circulation lanes.

The northbound and southbound exit slip roads from the M6 are also being widened to support the extra lanes. The A500 western approach is also being widened so that traffic can queue by destination direction and thus reduce waiting time.

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M6 J17 Improvement 20 August 2015

Changes to the layout of M6 junction 17 (Sandbach) under the Pinch Point programme. Works will consist of a new roundabout on the west side at the top of the northbound exit slip and installation of new traffic signals on the east side at the top of the southbound exit slip. Better lighting to also be installed. Free flow lanes for left turns will be put in where traffic levels demand it.

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M6 J13-19 Active Traffic Management 29 June 2015

The original plan for the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester was to widen the road, but this was criticised for failing to sufficiently increase road capacity. As a result, a modified scheme was proposed whereby Active Traffic Management would be installed instead.

In 2014, the UK Government announced that funding would be made available to upgrade only the section between junctions 16 and 19. The J13-19 scheme was therefore withdrawn and replaced by the M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway scheme.

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M6 Birmingham Box ATM Phase 3 14 October 2014

Introduction of Active Traffic Management technology between junctions 5 and 8 of the M6 (including the M5 link roads), in order to relieve congestion.

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M1 J19 Catthorpe Viaduct Replacement 29 September 2014

A scheme to replace the bridge carrying the southbound M6 over the M1. This whole junction is due to be remodelled to solve its endemic congestion problems, but has been further delayed by a government spending review. As a result it was decided that replacement of this bridge could not be put off any longer and will go ahead anyway. The existing bridge has been supported by temporary props in the southbound carriageway of the M1 for some years now.

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M6 M40 M42 Birmingham Box ATM Phases 1 and 2 23 April 2011

An improvement project designed to reduce congestion without widening, which will bring Active Traffic Management (ATM) technology to large parts of the motorway network around Birmingham. The scheme involves the installation of new gantries, signage, safety fencing and associated technology on the following sections of motorway:

- M6 J4 to J5 (full ATM) 8 Km (5 miles) - M6 J8 to J10a (full ATM) 11 Km (6 miles) - M40 J16 to M42 J3a (variable speed limits only) 3 Km (2 miles) - M42 J7 to J9 (variable speed limits only) 8 Km (5 miles)

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Opening booklets 13 June 2010

In days gone by, new roads were often celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the issue of a commemorative booklet heralding the exciting new highway. You'll find some of them here, complete with a glimpse of all that empty tarmac and a healthy dose of modernist optimism.

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M6 Junction 32 Improvement 12 June 2010

Widening of the southbound carriageway of the M6 to provide three full lanes through Junction 32, which has been a severe bottleneck for many years. The widening will not replace the existing structures, leaving an intermittent hard shoulder through the junction.

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