‘Months of Misery’ are expected for commuters as The Highways Agency begin a package of overnight works. These works are set to improve the junction 10, M42 and the A5 island and are due to start on Monday, lasting until June.
The carriageway will be widened and new traffic signals will be installed at the un-signalled entrances to the island. These works are part of a national programme to improve access to and from certain parts of the trunk road and motorway network.
The scheme is one of the Highways Agency pinch point programme (PPP) schemes. The pinch point programme has been designed by the Highways Agency to deliver improvements to strategic road on the networks that will help to stimulate growth in the local economy and relieve congestion and/or improve safety.
The following Diversions will be in place at various times throughout the works between 830pm and 6am:
Diversion route 1 – Trinity Road
The diversion route will redirect vehicles via A5-A38- A446-A4097-Piccadilly Way-Trinity Road and vice versa. The length of the direct route to be closed is 1.1 km. The length of the diversion route is approximately 35km.
Diversion route 2 – M42 junction 10 southbound entry slip road
The diversion route will re-route vehicles wishing to use the M42 junction 10 southbound exit slip to the northbound exit slip and up to junction 11 where they will be re-routed back onto the M42 southbound. The length of the diversion route is approximately 24km total.
Diversion route 3 – M42 junction 10 northbound exit slip road
The diversion route will re-route vehicles wishing to use the M42 junction 10 northbound off slip up to junction 11 where they will be re-routed back onto the M42 southbound and back to junction 10 The length of the diversion route is approximately 24km total.
Diversion route 4 – M42 junction 10 northbound entry slip road
The diversion route will re-route vehicles wishing to use the M42 junction 10 northbound on slip to the southbound on slip and down to junction 9 where they will be re-routed back onto the M42 northbound The length of the diversion route is approximately 19km total.
M42 – A5
It is anticipated that the works adjacent to the M42 Northbound off slip and A5 will be undertaken using lane closures rather than full closures of these links.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The junction suffers from congestion, particularly during morning and evening peak travel times. Queuing and delay occurs on most approaches to this roundabout and there are safety issues for traffic entering the roundabout from the two un-signalised approaches at Trinity Road and Green Lane.
The cost for the scheme is: £3,007,107.
How will the scheme be carried out?
They will carry out the works using lane closures and carriageway closures. Work will take place between 8pm and 6 am nightly.
Main plan of work
- Install traffic signals on the Green Lane and Trinity Road approaches and adjacent roundabout.
- Widen the carriageway opposite the A5 eastbound entry to the roundabout.
- Widen the carriageway at the Trinity Road approach.
- Install Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation (MOVA) traffic levels detection system for all signals on the junction.
- Install tactile paving at the pedestrian crossing points to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act and improve safety for pedestrians.
- Widen the carriageway on the M42 South approach, A5 West exit and A5 West approach.
What are the benefits?
This pinch point scheme has been designed to produce a much more beneficial road network for its users in terms of safety and journey time reliability. The proposed improvements will reduce traffic congestion and provide journey time savings in peak periods. The reduction of traffic delays will also have benefits for the environment as free flowing vehicles produce less emissions than slow moving or queuing vehicles, which will result in reductions in concentrations of atmospheric pollutants and improve air quality.
Other benefits include:
- Support the creation of 2,250 jobs and 1,685 homes by 2020
- Support movements to major gateways, such as Birmingham International Airport
- Help to reduce daily congestion
Reduce journey times for the travelling public
- Boost the economy
- Improved safety