West Midlands

A45 Toll Bar End 5 June 2017

Replacement of the existing signalised roundabout with a new grade-separated two level junction, providing a free flowing route between the Coventry Southern and Eastern bypasses, A45 and A46. The A45 will also be widened to three lanes to the west as far as Stivichall Junction.

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M40 J12 Improvement 23 May 2017

The aim of this scheme is to increase the capacity of M40 J12 in order to relieve congestion. Currently, a problem arises during the morning rush-hour when queues of up to 2km can form along the hard shoulder of the southbound carriageway - most of this traffic is heading for the Jaguar Landrover and Aston Martin sites at Gaydon.

The scheme involves widening and lengthening the southbound sliproad at J12 of the M40. Capacity improvements will also be made to the junction with the B4451, along with traffic control measures.

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M5 J4A-J6 Smart Motorway 6 April 2017

Upgrade of the M5 between junctions 4A (the M42) and 6 (Worcester) to Smart Motorway, including variable speed limits and all-lane running. Work to upgrade the central reservation to concrete step barrier along this section was completed in 2014. Enabling works and site clearance began in August 2015, with main construction beginning in January 2016. As such this scheme has a relatively imminent completion date, due to the recent completion of the ancillary works.

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A500 Etruria Widening 23 March 2017

Widening of a section of the A500 between Porthill (at the junction with the A5271) and Wolstanton (A527) to provide three lanes in each direction. These junctions are close together and a significant volume of traffic uses the A500 to join at one and leave at the other.

The finished layout appears to have two through lanes in each direction, as at present, with the new third lane separated from the others by solid white lines. This suggests that the new third lanes will provide a dedicated link between the two junctions, segregated from through traffic.

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A50 Uttoxeter Junctions 26 June 2016

Improvement works to the A50 at Uttoxeter. The works will take place in two phases, being delivered by Staffordshire County Council on behalf of Highways England.

The first phase involves construction of a new grade-separated junction west of the town that will provide access to new housing developments and improve access to the JCB factory.

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M42 J6 Improvement 3 May 2016

A "comprehensive" upgrade scheme for M42 junction 6. The exact nature of the upgrade works are unclear at this stage but it appears that Highways England are planning something very substantial.

This interchange connects the motorway to the A45, a major road between Birmingham and Coventry, and provides access to the National Exhibition Centre complex and Birmingham International Airport. It is also planned to be the location of a major interchange station on the High Speed 2 rail line.

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A5124 Shrewsbury North West Relief Road 29 April 2016

Construction of a new single carriageway road to link the A5/A458 Churncote roundabout west of Shrewsbury with the A528/A5124 Battlefield roundabout to the north, and thus complete a ring road around the town. A new viaduct would be built to carry the road over the River Severn and its floodplain.

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A46 Coventry Junctions 13 April 2016

Following the completion of the A45 Toll Bar End scheme, which will grade-separate the Tollbar End junction (A45/A46), two major flat roundabout junctions will remain on the eastern section of the Coventry Bypass.

This scheme will bring the Coventry Eastern Bypass up to "expressway" standards by grade-separating the Binley and Walsgrave roundabouts, and thereby provide continuous uninterrupted dual carriageway from the south of Coventry to the M69.

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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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A41 West Bromwich Underpass 20 November 2014

Construction of an underpass to allow traffic on the A41 to flow freely through the junction with the A4031 at the Fire Station roundabout, just north-east of West Bromwich town centre. The existing roundabout will be re-shaped.

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