M42 Junction 5 / A45 improvements will boost the economy and provide 4,260 jobs
17th June 2014
The Highways Agency has announced a £2.5m road improvement scheme, which will transform commuters’ journey experience to Birmingham International Airport, the NEC and Birmingham Business Park, is to commence this month.
Roadworks are set to get underway on Monday 16th June and motorists are being warned to allow more time on their daily commute as delays are expected throughout the 5 month programme.
During the busy peak traffic times, especially when there is a conference or show on at the NEC, the area is blighted by chronic congestion and it is hoped the project will help improve traffic flow, reduce daily journey times and increase safety.
Work will start at 8.00pm and continue through to 6.00am the following morning, with some occasional lane closures expected.
It is not just traffic the project will boost. In the long-term, the upgrades will support current businesses in the area, whilst encouraging local economic growth through the M42 Economic Gateway Technology Corridor and create an estimated 4,260 additional jobs.
The M42 J5 / A45 upgrade scheme will include:
The works, which are part of the Governments growth initiative announced during the George Osborne’s Autumn Statement in November 2011, will coincide with a number of high profile traffic improvement schemes across the region, including the £11m revamp of the A452 Chester Road between the Bagot Arms roundabout and the M6, Junction 5 and a further round of modernisations resulting in the closer of the A38 Queensway tunnels in Birmingham city centre.
Commenting on the road improvement scheme, Debbie Makinde, Highways Agency Project Manager said:
“We’re well aware what a busy location this is and that is the very reason we are carrying out this important pinch point project. We have liaised thoroughly with the NEC, airport, museum and others to ensure the work causes as little inconvenience as possible.
“We've given it careful thought and have suggested alternative routes to these destinations, which will be clearly signed from the local road and motorway network.”
The M42 motorway construction started in 1976, with the section between Birmingham International Airport and the NEC completed during 1989.
The opening of an active traffic management scheme in 2006, meant motorists for the first time in the UK were able to drive on the hard shoulder during busy periods.
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