M6 traffic news, updates and travel information
The M6 ââmotorway is over 230 miles long and covers the Midlands, all the way to the north of the UK and up to the Scottish border.
The M6 ââbegins at junction 19 of the M1 at the Catthorpe interchange, near Rugby, then runs around Birmingham, Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and between Liverpool and Manchester. It passes through Preston, Morecambe and into Carlisle before ending in Gretna, Scotland and connecting to the A74 (M). It connects to the main M56 and M62 intersections.
The M6 ââcovers several counties – Leicestershire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria.
The M6 ââalso includes the famous Spaghetti junction, officially junction 6 of the motorway, which is a particularly complex junction. Seen from above, it looks like a crossroads of roads and interchanges. Exit 6 joins the A38 Aston Expressway in the Gravelly Hill area of ââBirmingham.
The worst intersections on the M6
Along the route of the motorway there are several intersections that can cause delays, so before starting a trip, be sure to check for the latest news on M6 trips and updates on M6 traffic. The following junctions are common hot spots:
Junction 7 – Great Barr Interchange
Junction 7 is where the M6 ââconnects to the A34, which is the main road between Birmingham and Walsall. There is heavy traffic here and the merging of the ramps to the roundabout is problematic.
Junction 26 – Orrell interchange
This junction connects to the M58 and sees traffic moving to and from Wigan and Liverpool. The congestion is not helped by the fact that the roundabout changes from three lanes to two on approach.
Junction 15 – Hanchurch Interchange
The Hanchurch interchange carries M6 traffic to the A500 towards Stoke on Trent, but the flow is slowed down by both a roundabout and a set of traffic lights.
The M6 ââtoll is often seen as a disadvantage. It’s not particularly busy, used by less than 50,000 motorists a day, but slowing down to pay a toll can still lead to queues.
Accident hot spots on the M6
The 20 mile stretch of motorway between junctions 16 and 19 of the M6 ââis considered a crash spot. This is the section of the highway that connects Crewe and Knutsford. At the end of 2015, construction in this area began installing concrete safety barriers in the center of the roadway, among other improvements.
The intention is to transform this section of the M6 ââinto a smart motorway, by 2019. If you plan to travel on this part of the motorway, check the M6 âânews before and during your trip to stay up to date on delays and potential problems. .
Upcoming major road works on the M6
Due to the size and importance of the M6, regular road works and improvement plans are planned. Check any route using the RAC route planner and note any updates to M6 traffic to avoid getting caught up in roadworks and delays.
Major road works to come on the M6 ââinclude:
M6 Junction 10 – a major program is planned to start in 2018, to end in 2020. The objective is to reduce traffic jams and queues.
Toll M54 to M6 / M6 – there is a proposal for a new link road between the M54 and the M6. The proposed start of construction is spring 2021, with an end date of spring 2024. The plan is to reduce congestion on three roads – the A460, the A449 and the A5.
M6 Junction 13 to 15 – this construction is proposed to make the section of the M6 ââbetween Stafford and Newcastle Under Lyme a smart motorway. The work is expected to be completed by March 2022.
M6 Junction 2 to Junction 4 – Scheduled for completion in March 2020, this work will improve the 13.6 mile stretch of highway between Coventry and Coleshill, making it a smart highway.
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