Highways England is pressing ahead with an £282m improvement project on the M42 near Birmingham after announcing the preferred route for the scheme.
The client announced modifications to the route known as Option 1, which will now see a 2.4 km dual carriageway link road built to the west of Bickenhill between the A45 clock interchange and a new junction on the M42 south of junction 6 located north of Solihull Road.
A seven-week public consultation was conducted to allow businesses, local residents and road users to inform Highways England’s decision on the preferred route, which aims to improve junction 6 of the motorway near Solihull.
Highways England regional director Catherine Brookes said: “M42 junction 6 lies at the heart of an area of dynamic growth and is surrounded by a unique mix of existing and proposed major assets that serve both the local and wider economy.”
The decision to take forward Option 1 has also received the backing of Birmingham International Airport and the UK Urban Growth Company.
Highways England will now hold a further public consultation on the details of the project, with construction expected to start in 2020 and complete in 2023.
M42 junction 6 upgrade: preferred route map
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