Project Update: M6 Smart Motorway

Junction 16 - 19

With construction teams aiming to install the first of the new gantries this Easter, work is continuing to progress well on the M6 smart motorway project between Crewe and Knutsford. Installation of the new concrete safety barrier in the central reserve between junction 19 and Malkins Bank overbridge has been completed and the delivery team have switched the traffic management to the motorway verges to begin the verge works. Work will continue to move south towards junction 16 installing the last pieces of concrete safety barrier.

What next?

Working is taking place in the motorway verge between junctions 19 and 17 to:

  • construct 18 new emergency areas between junctions 16 and 19
  • replace and renew existing drainage and manholes
  • install a new ducting system for power and fibre cables
  • construct foundations for the new gantries
  • install overhead gantries and 258 electronic signs
  • install 70 CCTV cameras to provide full CCTV coverage

If you're interested in opportunities on this project and have a proven capability of delivering prime highways projects, chat to Sean Furlong.

Junction 2 - 4


Highways England is improving the 20km stretch of the M6 between Junction 2 at Coventry and Junction 4 near Coleshill by upgrading it to an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway. Construction is scheduled to begin this winter and will involve installation of gantries and monitoring equipment, new drainage systems, safety barriers, construction of emergency refuge areas and carriageway resurfacing. It’s hoped the scheme will provide greater traffic capacity, and more reliable journey times by improving the flow of traffic for this section of the M6 and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

In addition to the main smart motorway scheme, there will also be improvements to junction 4. This will include increasing the number of lanes to aid the flow of traffic for the proposed Birmingham Interchange Station. This work is scheduled to begin in Autumn 2017.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this project and position’s available, chat to Steve Castle.