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16th Aug, 2022

Roadworks across Solihull altered to help traffic flow during Birmingham 2022

Sarah Mason 27th Jul, 2022

ROADWORKS across the Solihull have been changed to help motorists have smoother journeys as Birmingham 2022 gets under way.

Works on the M6 between junctions four for Coleshill and five for Castle Bromwich have been lifted where a new concrete barrier in the central reservation has recently been installed.

To help keep disruption to a minimum for motorists during the event, the existing temporary speed limit will be removed along with the roadworks.

A free recovery service for broken down vehicles will remain in place between the junctions to help traffic moving.

Work on the next phase of the project – installing new lighting and work on the verges along this section of the motorway – will not start until after the Games on August 18.

Also the £282m works on the M42 junction 6 project have also been rescheduled to allow motorists easier access to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) which is hosting several events.

National Highways regional director for the Midlands Andrew Jinks said: “We know that people will be travelling from far and wide to come and witness sporting history and we expect the roads around the Midlands are likely to be busier than normal.

“If spectators are travelling to the event by car, we’d encourage them to familiarise themselves with their route and to check the official Birmingham2022.com website before setting off.”

Elsewhere a new £61 million flyover on the A46 in Coventry set to open on July29.

The new 14,000-tonne flyover separates long distance and local traffic, which means drivers staying on the A46 will no longer need to slow down to use the roundabout, reducing congestion and making journeys safer.

Drivers using the new road for the first time are being advised that there is a temporary 40 mph speed limit in place with two lanes running in each direction while some remaining work takes place elsewhere on the structure.

Work will still be taking place at Binley until Autumn with slip road closures required while teams complete the final stages of the project. A diversion route for affected traffic will be signposted.

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