Highways England will invest £282m on its preferred route to improve the M42 junction 6 near Solihull, Birmingham, which has the backing of local residents, businesses and road users.
After a seven week consultation on three options which ended in January, Highways England is going ahead with a modified version of Option 1 as the preferred route for M42 junction 6.
The modifications to the route will now see a 2.4 km dual carriageway link road built to the west of Bickenhill between the A45 clock interchange and a new junction on the M42 south of junction 6 located north of Solihull Road.
Highways England said that the modification moves the route slightly closer to the south west corner of Bickenhill to avoid a local business in the area and decrease the effect on the Bickenhill Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Pizzey said: “The recent consultation was a great way to ensure that we heard the opinions of local residents and businesses in the area and also for them to have a say in the project as it moves forward.
“This is a vital scheme which will support economic growth in the area and beyond. It will also improve access to HS2, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham Airport and future developments such as the UK Central development area.”
As part of the scheme, plans are being considered to improve traffic flow at the roundabout by providing dedicated left turn links between the M42 and A45 at the NEC and the north east side of the roundabout. This will benefit motorists by reducing congestion and improving journey times around the junction, as well as access to and from the motorway.
Furthermore, Highways England will start works to improve the M42 junction 6 roundabout, Clock Interchange and the A45 between the two junctions, to ensure the two junctions can work and minimise the effect on the A45.