Highways England Looking for Tips on the Design of Junction on M42

Highways England has been asking road users, businesses, and residents to provide their views and opinions on the design of the newly-proposed M42 junction with a budget of £282 million near the area of Solihull.

Consultation from 9th of January until the 19th of February in 2018

Consultation from 9th of January until the 19th of February in 2018

According to Highways England, the scheme has plans of improving the flow of traffic at junction 6. Junction 6 provides a link to Birmingham International Airport and other locations such as the NEC or National Exhibition Centre. 

A consultation with the public 

There is now a public consultation regarding the favoured route, and the consultation, which was launched in August, is expected to run beginning from the 9th of January until the 19th of February in 2018.

According to Jonathan Pizzey, the senior manager of the project, they want to be sure that people residing in the local area as well as other important stakeholders will have their say regarding the project. He added that they will be considering all comments as they complete the project design before coming up with an application for the plan in the latter half of 2018. Every comment will be taken into consideration, and they will also create a report which identifies how the design has been influenced by the comments.

Details of the project 

The proposed project aims to create a new dual carriageway road stretching 2.4 kilometres which is aligned to the western portion of Bickenhill, right between the new M42 junction on the southern portion of junction 6 (in the northern part of Solihull Road) and the A45 (the Clock Interchange). 

Along with the project, plans are underway for the improvement of the flow of traffic at the junction 6 (M42) roundabout, which is well known for its bottleneck issues, by offering dedicated links on left turns between the new M42 junction and the A45 and National Exhibition Centre on the northeastern portion of the roundabout.

According to Highways England, the project should benefit road users and motorists, particularly when it comes to the reduction of congestion and the improvement of travel times through the junction. It will also improve access coming to and from the main motorway.

Because of the project’s scale, it will require a DCO, or Development Consent Order. Highways England added that it hopes to get the Development Consent Order issued by the transport secretary in the year 2019. The project’s construction is set to begin in the year 2020, and it is supposed to be completed by 2023. 

Highways England added that it plans to continue working closely with the various stakeholders all the way through the design and legislative process in order to make sure that the stakeholders’ views and opinions are incorporated into the scheme’s design whenever appropriate. 


Posted on 08 Jan 2018 in News

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