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Footage shows giant bridges being installed for new junction at M42 junction 6

This timelapse footage shows the moment two new bridges weighing a total of 2,050 tonnes were moved into place as part of a major £282m upgrade of the M42 in Solihull.

National Highways is currently upgrading the well-known bottleneck at junction 6 to allow smoother journeys on and off the A45 while also supporting access to Birmingham International Airport and train station. 

To create the new junction (5a) National Highways installed two new bridges across the M42 last weekend.   So that work could take place safely, the M42 was closed to motorists during the work from Friday evening and re-opened on Sunday. By planning the work methodically, National Highways were able to manoeuvre the two bridges into place during one weekend closure rather than two which means less disruption in the future for motorists. National Highways Senior Project Manager, Leyton Rahman said: “This new time-lapse footage shows the methodical and complex work of putting the new bridges into place as part of our upgrade at M42 junction 6. “Given the scale of the task involved, the bridges were moved into place using specialist equipment and we needed to do this using as full carriageway closure. We’re grateful to drivers for heeding our advice and planning their journeys before setting off and we’d like to thank them for their patience. “We’re making good progress on the upgrade and once the work is complete, it will alleviate congestion at a well-known bottleneck on the M42.” Chris Good, Project Director from Skanska - the contractor responsible for building the project - added: “This was a major milestone in the M42 upgrade and we’ve worked closely with National Highways to plan this work carefully to keep disruption to a minimum. “Safety is always paramount especially with this type of complex operation and we’re pleased to see both structures now safely in place across the M42. “We also know that the M42 is an incredibly busy part of the Midlands motorway network and by doing this work under a full road closure, we could move two bridges into place during one weekend rather than having closing it again in the near future. “We’re grateful to motorists for their patience while we carry out this vital congestion-busting upgrade.” 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

If you’d like more information about the M42 junction 6 upgrade scheme you can contact us by: emailing 0300 123 5000 (this line is available 24 hours a day).

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