M5 Junctions 1 & 2

Page last updated 10.01.19

What’s happening?

Highways England is carrying out essential work on the M5 from January 2017 until spring 2019.

During this time, repairs to the concrete and re-waterproofing will take place on the Oldbury Viaduct (Junctions 1 & 2) on the North and Southbound carriageways. 

This means the usual three lanes in each direction, will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and the speed limit will be set to 30mph.

Work on the southbound carriageway has now been completed and repairs have begun on the northbound carriageway.

Driving advice:

  • If you are leaving the M5 northbound at Junction 1 (West Bromwich A41) please make sure that you move into the left lane in plenty of time, as the exit slip road has been narrowed.
  • If you are joining the main northbound carriageway (towards the M6) please note the road has been extended by 150m along the carriageway.
  • There is a temporary 50mph speed limit in place northbound, south of M5 junction 3 (near to Frankley services) up to M5 junction 2. This is to give road users enough time to slow down safely, before entering the 30mph speed limit through the work at Oldbury.  

General advice:

  • Leave more time for your journey
    The speed limit during the works has been reduced to 30mph, so please allow more time for your journey.
  • Plan ahead
    The M42 could be a good alternative route to the M5, check the fastest route for your journey using Google Maps.
  • Consider using public transport wherever possible
    National Express West Midlands is offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley. Visit their website for more information on Pay Local. 

For help planning your journey please visit our dedicated Journey Planner.

For up to the minute project information please visit Highways England.

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