Highways England M40/M42 Interchange Scheme – survey works update

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I work for the contractors bmJV carrying out the above scheme on behalf of Highways England. Please see below update on the overnight survey works, if you could share this through your communication channels it would be appreciated.

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On 1 March we’ll start overnight survey work on the M42 between junctions 3a and 4 to gather information which will inform the final design of this vital interchange upgrade scheme.


What are we doing?


We’ll carry out a number of different surveys on both carriageways. These will include checking drainage systems and existing buried services locations (including electrical and telecommunications cables), drilling carriageway core samples and ecology inspections. We’ll also clear vegetation in some isolated areas to help us safely carry out the surveys.

We’ll work overnight, when the road is at its quietest for 6 weeks.

How will the survey work affect road users?

To safely carry out the surveys, we’ll need to close some lanes (in 4km sections at a time) but will keep one lane open on each carriageway while we work (Monday to Saturday between 9pm and 6am). We’ll take a ‘traffic count’ before we close the lanes and if the traffic levels are too high, we’ll delay the work until traffic levels reduce.

All lanes will be open as usual during the daytime.

We’ll also need close the following slip roads overnight from 9pm and 6am:

M40 J16 southbound exit slip road on 1, 2 and 3 March 2021

M40 J16 northbound entry slip road on 4 and 5 March 2021.

M42 J3 southbound entry slip road every night between 8 and 12 March 2021

M42 J4 southbound entry slip road every night between 15 and 19 March 2021

M42 J4 northbound exit slip road between every night between 22 and 26 March 2021

Please note these dates and times may be subject to change due to weather or operational reasons.

Diversion routes will be clearly signed but please note the diversion through Hockley Heath is only for traffic originating in Hockley Heath.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause and advise everyone travelling through the area to allow extra time for journeys.

Contact us                                                                                                                                 

For information about the surveys, please contact our customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or email: .

If you would like more information about the scheme, please visit our webpage:



Martin Phillips BEng (Hons) CIHT MCIPR
Stakeholder Manager M40/M42 Interchange

SMP Alliance I Survey Site Compound, The Chestnuts, Beoley Ln, Beoley, Redditch, B9