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6 more months of motorway misery.

Byline: TAMLYN JONES Business Reporter tamlyn.jones@trinitymirror.com @Tamlynpost

MOTORISTS are bracing themselves for another SIX MONTHS of motorway misery as new closures and diversions on the M6 begin next week.

The cause of the problem is repairwork required on the southbound slip road which leads onto the M6 at Junction 5, close to the Spitfire Island at Castle Bromwich.

The slip road will be completely closed from Sunday January 10 for 25 weeks, meaning although commuters can get in to the area off the northbound M6, they cannot return along the same route - and traffic chaos is likely in the evening rush hour.

The area is already congested because of long over-running roadworks around the Spitfire Island, where the A452 Chester Road meets Fort Parkway.

Roads are busy with workers leaving places such as Fort Dunlop and Jaguar, and shoppers visiting The Fort, Castle Vale Retail Park and Ravenside Retail Park. Fort Parkway is routinely at crawling speed.

Meanwhile, the northbound slip road off the M6 at the junction will close overnight from this Monday for one week only.

Highways England has put a series of diversions in place to accommodate the closures but another glut of roadworks is likely to pile on more traffic jams.

Other parts of Birmingham have often ground to a halt this year because of major roadworks.

Work on the link road between the M5 and M6, and higher up between Junctions 9 and 10 of the M6 has only just finished after over-running several months.

Several other major roadworks projects were temporarily halted in September due to a string of high-profile events taking place in the city including the Rugby World Cup and the unveiling of Grand Central shopping centre and New Street station.

Last year, waterproofing works at Spaghetti Junction brought outbound traffic on the A38(M) Aston Expressway to a virtual standstill every night as the slip roads to join the M6 north and south were reduced to one lane.

This is due to recommence this month although a specific date has not yet been unveiled by Highways England.

And in the city centre, major works continue around Paradise Circus island to redraw the routes along Summer Row and at the end of Broad Street as part of the long-running, PS500 million Paradise project. These roadworks are due to be completed in summer 2016.

CUT OUT AND KEEP GUIDE TO THE NEW DIVERSIONS |At the junction, traffic travels northbound along the A446 and joins the M42 northbound at junction nine M6 SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC |Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the B4114 Birmingham Road |At the junction, traffic travels eastbound along the B4114 to the A446 Stonebridge Road |At the junction, traffic travels southbound along the A446 and joins the M6 southbound carriageway at M6 junction four M42 SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC |Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the A45 at Stonebridge Island |At the junction, traffic travels westbound along the A45 to join the M42 southbound carriageway at M42 junction six M42 NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC |Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the B4114 Birmingham Road |At the junction, traffic travels eastbound along the B4114 to the A446 Stonebridge Road IF ALL ELSE FAILS |Alternative routes to avoid the diversions are available at the A38/Salford Circus island, where traffic can join the M6 northbound and southbound at junction six, or the A38 through Minworth to the M42 junction nine, also to travel north and south

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 6, 2016
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