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Temporary weekend part-closure of M42 Junctions 6 and 7A Northbound and Junctions 7 and 6 Southbound

HS2 contractors have been carrying out works near the A452, A45 and M42 in Solihull since 2018. We refer to this location as the Interchange area because it will be the home of the future HS2 Interchange Station .

Situated near the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport, Interchange Station will be a major transport gateway for the region, with HS2 providing high speed rail connections to London, Birmingham and the North of England.

To ensure that the local road network is fit for purpose when the future HS2 Interchange Station is operational, our contractor LM is expanding and improving the existing road network and creating new routes on HS2 land. In early August 2020, a key piece of work in this area will be to install a highways bridge spanning the M42.

Artist's impression of the new road bridge across the M42

A weekend closure of the M42 is required to install the bridge . The area between junctions 6 and 7A (northbound) and junctions 7 and 6 (southbound) will be closed after evening rush hour on Friday 7 August 2020, and reopen before morning rush hour on Monday 10 August 2020 . If our work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the M42 earlier if possible.

During this temporary closure, diversions will be in place and clear signage will be displayed along the route for drivers. Visit the Highways England website for full details of the road closure and diversion routes .

For more information about this, please go to our new page, Improving the Local Road Network in the Interchange area .

For more information about these works please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk .

Posted on 13th July 2020

by HS2 in Birmingham