Highways England will be starting work today (12/03) on the M6 between junctions 2 to 4 to convert this section into a smart motorway.

The project will see the busy 12.5 mile (20km) stretch of the M6 between junctions 2 and 4 improved by adding an additional lane for traffic to increase capacity, and more technology on the road to manage traffic flows and incidents.

From 12th March, the motorway will be subject to a number of overnight closures in both directions for the installation of narrow lanes to allow a safe working space for the Highways England workforce while maintaining three running lanes of traffic. You can find more information about these closures on the project webpage.

Works will involve converting the hard shoulder into an additional traffic lane, installing new gantries, the installation of nine emergency areas and replacing the steel central reserve barrier with a concrete barrier. Works will continue until March 2020.

If you would like more information about the scheme, you can visit the project webpage where you can also signup for updates.