Press release

Improvement schemes on M6 North of Birmingham and the Gravelly Hill Interchange

Maintenance work to improve the M6 will get underway in the New Year.


The schemes, on structures on the link road between the southbound M6 at junction 8 and the M5, north of Birmingham and at the M6/A38(M) Gravelly Hill Interchange, will involve concrete repairs and associated drainage work.

The work will necessitate lane closures, some full carriageway and slip road closures and temporary speed limits. Where there are closures, clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Jess Kenny, Project Manager for the schemes, said:

This important improvement work will keep journeys in these areas safe and reliable for all road users. By undertaking the work now, we will reduce the need to carry out in the future emergency road surface repairs which are frustrating for road users, and will therefore minimise disruption in the long-term.

We’ve planned the work very carefully to create as little disruption as possible. I urge all road users to adhere to the temporary speed limits and the traffic management which we have put in place both for their own safety and the safety of our road workers.

Drivers should plan their journeys, allowing extra time if necessary.

The work on the M6-M5 link road will involve maintenance to bridges along the route. It includes work to the Ray Hall Viaduct, the River Tame Bridge and Wigmore Viaduct. Subject to weather conditions the scheme at junction 8 will begin on 5 January and is due to be completed at the end of May next year.

While the work is ongoing, the road will be reduced to a single lane and the M6 junction 9 southbound slip road will be closed. During the course of the work a 50mph speed limit will be in place.

The scheme on viaducts at M6/A38(M) Gravelly Hill Interchange will involve work to four of the M6 junction 6 slip roads. It is due to begin on 11 January and complete at the end of July 2015.

It will involve closures of the M6 northbound and southbound entry slip roads from the M6 junction 6 at Salford Circus. There will be one lane in each direction open to traffic on the M6 entry slip roads from the A38(M) Out of City Expressway and there will be a 30mph temporary speed limit.

Traffic management will be in place 24/7 with limited overnight carriageway closures to install, switch and remove it. The main M6 will largely remain unaffected by this work.

For more information about this scheme and details of traffic management throughout the project please go to the dedicated webpage for the latest information:

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Published 22 December 2014