Stafford M6 Roadworks Finally Gone!

Stafford M6 Roadworks Finally Gone!

After what feels like a lifetime, the lane closures on the M6 past Stafford both Northbound and Southbound were finally removed yesterday. The motorway now operates four live lanes in both directions after the upgrade, some minor works will remain but this is expected to have little impact on traffic. 14 emergency areas have been built between J13 and J15 to compensate for the loss of the hard shoulder.

A statement from National Highways said: “On Friday 20 May we opened the new fourth lane of the upgraded northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 15. Over the past week, we’ve been removing the temporary cones and barriers overnight, allowing drivers to now use the new fourth lane.

The motorway will continue to operate at 60mph while we calibrate the newly-installed Stopped Vehicle Detection system. This technology works as part of a system to help further reduce the risks associated with live lane breakdowns.

During this phase, the temporary CCTV cameras used for the roadworks will remain in place, alongside the permanent cameras installed as part of the upgrade. We’ll also maintain our free recovery service for anybody who may break down during this calibration phase of the technology.

We expect to be able to increase the maximum speed limit to 70mph on the upgraded M6 northbound in the summer of this year.”


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