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WORK UNDER WAY TO IMPROVE JOURNEYS THROUGH M5 JUNCTION 6

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Date: 01/05/2018

Work is under way to transform an historic bottleneck in Worcestershire as part of a major upgrade.

Highways England is delivering improvements to M5 junction 6, leading to more reliable and safer journeys for people and businesses by reducing congestion and increasing capacity on the road.

Initial work began earlier this year, with the main work starting on 30 April, lasting until Spring 2019.
 
To improve the flow of traffic around the junction, Highways England is:

- Widening the roundabout, slip roads and all the approaches, as well as adding an extra lane
 
- Installing two new sets of traffic signals at the junction at the A4538 Pershore Lane South and the A449. This  will help improve journey time reliability by reducing congestion and queuing, particularly during peak times

- Putting new road markings, signs and street lighting in place to make it safer around the junction
 
It is part of a package of work, including similar work already completed at junctions 5 and 7, that will improve journey times and safety and support local and strategic economic growth.
 
Drivers using junction 6 may experience delays and local routes will be busier than usual while this important work takes place. Highways England is working closely with partners to minimise disruption where possible.
 
At peak times there will be narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit for safety.
 
Off peak lane closures will be required as work increases to allow access to work areas and traffic will be monitored at these times.
 
As work is taking place on the slip roads there will also be a 50mph speed limit on the M5 carriageway for around a half-mile section on the northbound and southbound approaches to the junction, with minimal impact on journey times.

Various overnight closures will be needed at the junction and its approaches to install the traffic management. These are detailed in the table below.
 
Date Closure Time Diversion
 
 
Monday, 30 April
M5 southbound exit slip closed 8pm to 6am Head to M5 J7 and return to exit M5 J6 Northbound Exit Slip
A4538 Pershore Lane (S) 10pm to 6am A4538, B4636, A4440
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, 1 May and Wednesday, 2 May
M5 northbound exit slip closed 8pm to 6am Head to M5 J5 and return to exit M5 J6 Southbound Exit Slip
Southern half of roundabout will be closed from the A4538 Pershore Lane (S), to A449.
 
This means that the following will be closed:
 
- M5 southbound entry     Slip
- A4440 Warndon Way
- A449 northbound
 
10pm to 6am A4538, B4636, A4440
A4538 Pershore Lane (S) one way (closed to northbound traffic) 10pm to 6am Traffic allowed to head southbound only
Thursday, 4 May and
Friday 5, May
A449 Southbound 10pm to 6am A449, A4536, A38, A4538
A4538 Pershore Lane (N) one way (closed to northbound traffic) 10pm to 6am Traffic allowed to head southbound only
 


Once the traffic management is in place there will be restrictions at the junction and the approaches. Details in the table below:
 
Location Current Layout Traffic Management Layout
M5 off-slips northbound and southbound Two lanes on approach to junction Reduced to one lane on approach to junction with 30mph speed restriction in place
A4440 One lane in each direction on approach to junction One narrow lane in each direction on approach to junction with 30mph speed restriction in place
A449 Two lanes in each direction Two narrow lanes in each direction on approach to junction with 30mph speed restriction in place
A4538 Pershore Lane North and South One lane in each direction Narrow lane in each direction on approach to junction with 30mph speed restriction in place. Overnight full closures during that construction phase with diversions in place
M5 Carriageway 70mph 50 mph for a 1km section on the northbound and southbound approaches to the junction
 
N.B. The above may be subject to change as the various stages of the scheme progress.


Sophia Haywood, Policy Manager at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce said:
“Many businesses understand the need for improved infrastructure, often being the loudest voice calling for it, but with long term advantages comes short term disadvantages. It’s vital that Highways England works with the Chamber and local business community to minimise impact of road closures and significant delays on productivity and revenue, plus ensuring that works are completed within the time frame so business can return to normal as quickly as possible.”