Highways England has appointed a contractor to design and build a new junction as part of the £78 million upgrade of the M6.
A joint venture between Highways England and Walsall Council, the project is supported by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, the project at junction 10 of the M6 is required because of the age of the structure and concerns over its safety.
Over half a century old, the M6 junction 10 is in need of intervention; by also replacing the bridges that carry it over the motorway, it means the motorway will avoid the need for extensive maintenance.
These new bridges will significantly reduce delays and congestion, therefore improving safety. This is because the junction will be larger due to the new bridges.
John Sisk & Son has been chosen as the contractor for the project in Walsall which will increase capacity at the traffic bottleneck.
The immediate improvement will be the safety record of the junction; by increasing traffic at the bottleneck, it will make collisions much less likely.
Safety is of paramount importance for the government, with many local authorities also putting in place plans of their own to ensure the risk of accidents is reduced.
David Reed is Highways England Project Manager. He explained the benefits of the project.
“We are delighted to announce that John Sisk & Son have been appointed to lead this important scheme which will tackle congestion at a very busy junction at the heart of the country.
“This is a significant milestone for the project which will ultimately bring smoother and safer journeys for the many thousands of drivers using junction 10 every day.”
The problems of delays and congestion at the junction were identified in the West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan.
Now, thanks to the scheme, these concerns and frustrations will be alleviated and travel for businesses will be better in the area.