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East Birmingham and Solihull

Duration: Mon 27 Apr 2020 to Spring 2024
Location: Solihull

What is happening?

Huge investment in transport infrastructure around East Birmingham and Solihull is underway with HS2 constructing Britain’s new high-speed railway and Birmingham Interchange station being constructed near the Airport. Highways England and Solihull MBC will be improving J6 M42 to increase capacity to the NEC and the airport and TfWM is developing a new Sprint bus route along the A45 creating reliable bus connections between Birmingham and Solihull. 

With all these improvements happening there will be some disruption to journeys in this area and we are here to help you keep moving.  

Latest Works

In order to install a safety barrier along a section of the southbound hard shoulder of the M42, the  motorway will be closed between Junctions 10 and 9 for one night on 30 August. These works will be completed overnight between 9.30pm on 30 August to 5.30am on 31 August 2020.

These works are part of the wider HS2 works in the area as we start to prepare for the bridge which will cross the M42 in this location, expected in winter 2021.

What does this mean for me?

During the work, there will be changes to the way you travel through and around Junction 6 of the M42, the A45, the A452 / A446 and the local area. Traffic through this area will be affected at various times. Some work will happen at night, while at other times lane closures may be in place.

That means you will need to plan ahead and remember to check your journey regularly, as it may change several times.

This page has been created so you can stay up to date with the latest information to help you plan ahead and keep moving while the construction takes place.

As more information becomes available we will share it here, so please check back regularly.

Stay up to date

Over the coming weeks there will be a number of lane closures and diversions in place through J6 of the M42, including on slip roads.

You can keep up-to-date about planned roadworks here.

Follow @WMRoads on Twitter for the latest updates.

Find out more

Find out more about the scheme at Highways England website

If you have any questions regarding the M42 closure, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk on: 

Freephone: 08081 434 434 


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