Three options to upgrade junction 6 of the M42 in the West Midlands are being put to drivers, business owners and residents as consultation gets under way this week.
Highways England is proposing changes to improve the capacity of the junction to accommodate increasing traffic demand and to support access to Birmingham Airport and the NEC, as well as prepare for the new HS2 station.
The seven-week consultation runs from Friday (9 December) until 27 January, with three options proposed as the best way forward. They are:
Option 1 - Link to the west of Bickenhill
This would provide a new 2.4km dual carriageway link between the Clock Interchange and a junction allowing north and south access to the M42 north of Solihull Road.
Option 2 - Link to the east of Bickenhill
This would provide a new 2.3km dual carriageway link between the Clock Interchange and a junction allowing north and south access to the M42 north of Solihull Road.
Option 3 - Link to the east of Bickenhill
This would provide a new 1.6km dual carriageway link between the Clock Interchange and a south facing junction on the M42 north of Shadowbrook Lane.
There are also plans to improve traffic flow at the roundabout by providing dedicated left turn links at the NEC, National Motorcycle Museum and north east area of the roundabout.
Highways England Senior Project Manager Jonathan Pizzey said:
We’re delivering major investment in the West Midlands as part of a nationwide commitment to improving our roads.
We want people to have their say on the options we are proposing ahead of developing the scheme further to a preferred route.
People attending the consultation events will be able to see detailed plans of the proposals, find out more about the scheme and ask questions of the project team.
The events take place as follows:
- Friday 9 December: 2 to 8pm. The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Solihull, B92 OEH
- Saturday 10 December: 10am to 4pm. Catherine-de-Barnes Village Hall, Hampton Lane, B91 2TJ
- Monday 12 December: 10am to 6pm. Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton-in- Arden, B92 0AH
- Wednesday 4 January: 10am to 5pm. The Core, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RG
- Saturday 14 January: 9am to 6pm. The NEC, North Avenue, Birmingham, B40 1NT - (between atrium entrances 2 and 3)
There will also be a web chat on Wednesday 18 January from 11am-2pm via the scheme website.
A further exhibition stand will be available for viewing within the Ladies Kennel Association Show at the NEC on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December.
Details of the proposed options and a questionnaire to obtain people’s views will be available on the Highways England website from 9 December.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.