M1 J19 Catthorpe Viaduct Replacement 29 September 2014
A scheme to replace the bridge carrying the southbound M6 over the M1. This whole junction is due to be remodelled to solve its endemic congestion problems, but has been further delayed by a government spending review. As a result it was decided that replacement of this bridge could not be put off any longer and will go ahead anyway. The existing bridge has been supported by temporary props in the southbound carriageway of the M1 for some years now.
M6 M40 M42 Birmingham Box ATM Phases 1 and 2 23 April 2011
An improvement project designed to reduce congestion without widening, which will bring Active Traffic Management (ATM) technology to large parts of the motorway network around Birmingham. The scheme involves the installation of new gantries, signage, safety fencing and associated technology on the following sections of motorway:
- M6 J4 to J5 (full ATM) 8 Km (5 miles) - M6 J8 to J10a (full ATM) 11 Km (6 miles) - M40 J16 to M42 J3a (variable speed limits only) 3 Km (2 miles) - M42 J7 to J9 (variable speed limits only) 8 Km (5 miles)
M6 Junction 32 Improvement 12 June 2010
M6 Widening J11a-19 2 March 2010
Widening of existing M6 to four lanes each way between the new junction 11A where the M6 Toll will merge in and junction 20 for the M56 and Manchester. This scheme was widely criticised as inadequate - by the time works were to be completed traffic on the M6 was likely to require more than four lanes.
This scheme has been cancelled in favour of Active Traffic Management (hard-shoulder running).
M6 Carlisle - Gretna 7 December 2008
Upgrade of the existing A74 dual carriageway between the terminus of the M6 at Greymoorhill to the Scottish Border, where the A74(M) commences, to dual three-lane plus hard shoulder motorway standard, including the replacement of a railway bridge and construction of a new parallel service road.
It will close the "Cumberland Gap" where six miles of sub-standard dual carriageway connects two modern three lane motorways.
Thelwall Viaduct 26 June 2004
Thousands of vehicles travel the M6 between the M56 and M62 each day. They all cross the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, and the bridge that carries them is notorious from travel reports nationwide. But what does it actually look like from the ground?