Duration: Sat 01 Feb 2020
to Spring 2022
Walsall Council is working in partnership with Highways England to improve junction 10 of the M6 motorway.
M6 junction 10 is of strategic importance within the Black Country and the wider region, it is on a busy route between Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The junction is often heavily congested, and this reduces the attractiveness of the local area for business and investment, including within the nearby Black Country Enterprise Zone.
The main objectives of the M6 junction 10 scheme are to:
1. Provide a freer-flowing network by:
- reducing congestion on the A454/Black Country Route and other roads linking to the junction
- reducing ‘rat-running’ traffic on nearby routes
- reducing queuing on the motorway slip roads
2. Support economic growth by:
- improving access to the strategic road network
- attracting new business and development to the area
- improving links to Walsall development sites given Enterprise Zone status in 2011
3. Provide a safe and maintainable network by:
- replacing the bridge structures at M6 junction 10, avoiding major maintenance work in the near future
- improving conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorised users at the junction
What does this mean for me?
During the work, there will be changes to the way you travel through and around Junction 10. Traffic through this area will be affected at various times. Some work will happen at night, while at other times lane closures may be in place.
That means you will need to plan ahead and remember to check your journey regularly, as it may change several times.
M6 Junction 10 - Temporary lane closures
Duration: June 2020 - December 2020
Highways England currently has1 lane (of four) of the M6 closed in both directions through junction 10. A 60mph speed limit will be put in place for the safety of motorists and workers. Lane 1 will be closed for the duration of the work; the other three lanes will remain open during daytime hours to keep traffic flowing.
Some overnight lane closures on the slip roads at junction 10 will be required, and occasional overnight lane closures on the M6. This will be completed when traffic flows are lowest to minimise any disruption.
Over the next few months we’ll be:
- moving the traffic signals so we can make alterations to the roundabout
- piling work for the new bridges on the M6
- working on the Black country route to allow an additional lane westbound
- carrying out preparation work for the retaining walls on all four slip roads
M6 Junction 10 - Footpath closure
Duration: Late July 2020 - ongoing
From late July 2020, the footpath that runs across the junction will be closed. This is so work can start to safely to widen the A454 Wolverhampton Rd West, the slip roads and the roundabout itself.
The alternative route will be via Bloxwich lane, Churchill Road and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, a route that we’ve recently improved. See below for more details.
M6 Junction 10 and Black Country Route - Temporary lane closures
Duration: Monday 7 September 2020 - ongoing
From Monday 7 September, there will be temporary lane closures on M6 junction 10 and the Black Country Route which may affect your journey.
From Monday 7 August to Friday 11 September and from Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September, there will be temporary lane closures with one lane open with reduced speeds on M6 northbound and southbound, M6 Junction Roundabout, Wolverhampton Rd, A454 from 8pm until 6am.
Please note that the precise dates and times of the work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, we’ll keep you updated of significant changes.
Duration: Monday 21 September 2020 - End of October
From 21 September we’ll be closing part of the A454 Black Country Route overnight to start working on the central reservation. We’ll be working overnight as traffic levels are generally lower, which reduces the impact on the road user and is safer for our workers.
During the closures, traffic in both directions will be diverted off the east and west slip roads on to Marshland Way Junction and back on to the slip roads to re-join the A454 Black Country Route. You can find out more information below:
Key travel advice
People will still be able to get to where they need to go during the works, but will need to consider the following advice:
- Plan ahead and leave more time for your journey. Check the latest works regularly to see if any lane closures or restrictions may affect your journey. Allow extra time for congestion and use apps like google maps or waze to plan your route.
- With regards to public transport, please follow government guidelines.
- If you’re making shorter trips, try cycling or walking.
This page has been created so you can stay up to date with the latest information to help you plan and keep moving while the construction takes place.
As more information becomes available, we will share it here, so please check back regularly.
Find out more
Find out more about the scheme on the Highways England website
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Last Updated 05 August 2020