Press release

Festive cheer for Midlands motorists as improvements to M6/M5 link road completed

Important maintenance work to safeguard the link road where the M6 near Walsall in the West Midlands joins the M5 has now been completed.

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Highways England has been replacing vital waterproofing at the beginning of M6 junction 9 at Walsall to the south on the M5 at West Bromwich since January. This included works to Ray Hall Viaduct, the River Tame Bridge and Wigmore Viaduct.

All roadworks have now been removed on the M6 to M5 link road returning the southbound carriageway to full lane capacity. The entry slip road at junction 9 Walsall has had its permanent closure removed with drivers now being able to access the motorway from Walsall.

Highways England Project Manager, Jess Kenny said:

We would like to thank motorists for their patience throughout the year in what has been a long and challenging maintenance programme. It was vital that we did this work and we are pleased to finally have the roadworks removed.

In the New Year we will need to carry out final pieces of work which will be done overnight and will have minimal impact on motorists.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 18 December 2015