Major M6 North Road Works for 3 Weeks

birmingham-connected-logoThe M6 northbound between junctions 7and 8 will see severe restrictions in the near future and the M5 will also have some lane closures mainly overnight.
Consultations on changes to bus routes are also published.

The map below shows the areas of road works, but of course, there could be severe knock-on consequences to the M6 both north and south of these areas and maybe the M5 also.

For more details see below the map.

Click arrowed symbol below to open a legend then again to close it.

The public is also to be consulted on changes to some bus routes.

Birmingham Connected (part of Birmingham City Council) has issued the following public statement by email:

Dear Colleague,

We would like to make you aware of planned Highways England works to be carried out on the motorway network around Birmingham.

M6 Northbound Carriageway (between Junction 7 and 8) – Essential Maintenance

Highways England is beginning structural repairs to damaged concrete and renewing water-proofing of the elevated road structure on the northbound carriageway around Junction 7 for Great Barr. Work will commence on 20 February and is due to complete by 13 April 2017. This work is required to ensure the carriageway remains safe for users. The improvements will help to maintain structural integrity and increase the life of the asset by reducing deterioration and minimising the number of emergency repairs required in future. The work is taking place in the hard shoulder and lane one of the M6 northbound with measures taken to keep disruption to a minimum. Click for more information.

M5 Oldbury viaduct (between junction 1 and 2) – Preparatory Work

Preparatory work has already started for this scheme which will concentrate on repairing the damage to the concrete around the hinged bridge joint and the deck slab and renewing the waterproofing in the hard shoulder and lane 1 only. In order to limit impact on the local network, remaining work to repair lanes 2 and 3, will be put into the Highways England forward programme and scheduled once the main Oldbury scheme is complete.

To minimise disruption Highways England will carry out this work predominantly at night under various lane closures, with some isolated weekend closures of the slip roads at junctions 1 and 2. In addition to the lane closures, a temporary speed limit will also be in place through the work as it would not be safe to run the national speed limit through narrow lanes. Limited weekend overnight closures of the motorway from junction 1 to 2 will also be needed. During each full closure, a fully signed diversion routes will be in place.

The above preparatory road works have been scheduled to be completed before a larger scheme gets under way after Easter 2017.

NX West Midlands Bus Consultation

With  major road works planned, National Express West Midlands are consulting on proposed changes to bus routes to ensure a reliable service continues. They would like feedback on their proposals for routes in West Bromwich, Bearwood, Oldbury, Blackheath and surrounding areas by 14th February. Changes are likely to take place in April 2017. Find out more at

The public transport network in and around Birmingham is excellent – by using the train, bus or tram you will be helping to reduce congestion as well as helping to make our city a cleaner,  greener and safer place to live and work. For great value tickets and passes as well as journey planning go to . As part, or all, of their journey more and more people are realising the many benefits of walking and cycling. If you sign up with BetterPoints you will even earn rewards for walking, cycling or using public transport – it’s free and easy to join.

If you are able to pass this information on to colleagues via email or social media, this is appreciated.

With Best Wishes,

The Birmingham Connected Team

Birmingham Connected is the vision for the future of transport in Birmingham, working towards a safer, healthier, greener city with a reliable integrated transport system which supports our growing population and economy. Find out more at

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Geoff Caine

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1 Response to Major M6 North Road Works for 3 Weeks

  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the info Geoff

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