UK Government approves £282m M42 Junction 6 development

WCN Editorial Team 22 May 2020 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

UK Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has given the consent for the development of Junction 6 on highway M42.

The development, which is estimated to cost nearly £282m, will allow for better movement of traffic on and off the A45, providing access to Birmingham Airport and preparing capacity for the new HS2 station.

Under the development, new 2.4km dual carriageway link road aligned to the west of Bickenhill between the A45 Clock Interchange will be built. A new junction 5A on M42 motorway will also be built nearly 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull).

Furthermore, two new roundabouts will be built north of B4102 Solihull Road which will be positioned either side of the M42 motorway.

Pedestrians are also expected to benefit from the development, as new overbridge will be built above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel.

The important components of the development will include a new dual carriageway link between the Clock Interchange and a new junction on the M42 north of the Solihull Road, allowing both northbound traffic to exit and traffic headed south to join the M42 highway.

The new dual carriageway would be to the west of Bickenhill and will mostly be below ground level and pass beneath the B4438 (Catherine de Barnes Lane), at both the north-west and south-west corners of Bickenhill.

Upgrades to the Clock Interchange and the A45 between the Clock Interchange and the M42 will be made, which will include potential improvements to non-motorised user routes.

Free flow links will also be provided near the north-west and the north-east of the M42 junction 6.

Improvements on the south-east side of the M42 junction 6, the A45 westbound (east of the M42 junction 6) and the M42 junction 6 southbound will include slip roads for improved performance around the junction’s quadrant.

The Planning Inspectorate CEO Sarah Richards said: “This is the 85th nationally significant infrastructure project to have been examined and decided within the timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.

“The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them.

“Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in a 6-month long examination. The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views before making their recommendation.”

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UK Government approves M42 development. (Credit: Crown Copyright.)

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