Road closures: Solihull roadworks for M42 upgrade could impact half-term travel

The closure is taking place for so they can safely install new footbridge ramps

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A roadworks that was announced in Solihull next week is likely to impact half-term travel. The roadworks is part of the major M42 upgrade that will improve access to Birmingham International airport and station.

West Midlands National Highways announced that as a part of the M42 J6 upgrade scheme, they are closing the eastbound A45 between Clock interchange and M42 J6 from 28 October to 31 October. The closure is taking place for so they can safely install new footbridge ramps.

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M42 was recently closed when a dual bridge was brought together. A timelapse video captured the moment when the more than 2k tonnes bridges came together.

The M42 junction 6 near SolihullThe M42 junction 6 near Solihull
The M42 junction 6 near Solihull

National Highways installed two new bridges across the M42 between Saturday 15 October to Monday 17 October to create a new junction.

The Autumn Term started on Monday 5 September 2022 and half-term is from Monday 24 October 2022 to Friday 28 October 2022.

People who decided to travel during the holidays are likely to be returning around 28 October (Friday). However, others might choose to return on the weekend instead.

What does the upgrade include?

The major upgrade also includes building:

  • a new 2.4km dual carriageway link road, aligned to the west of Bickenhill 
  • a new junction (5a) on the M42 motorway, approximately 1.8km south of the existing M42 Junction 6 (Solihull) 
  • two new roundabouts north of the B4102 Solihull Road on either side of the M42 motorway 
  • a new overbridge above the A45 near to the Arden Hotel, providing cyclists and walkers with a safer route to cross the A45

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