Greg Knight – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Transport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Greg Knight on 2016-04-12.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to widen the M42; and if he will make a statement.

Andrew Jones

The current Road Investment Strategy includes two major schemes on the M42: improvements to Junction 6, and the M40/M42 interchange smart motorway scheme. In addition, further improvements are being prepared for the next roads period through the Birmingham Box Phase 4 scheme which will upgrade the remainder of the Birmingham box to smart motorway, providing an additional lane of capacity.

The Department for Transport and Highways England recently launched the process to determine the content of the second Roads Investment Strategy, which will detail further planned investment on the Strategic Road Network from 2020 to 2025. As part of these preparations, the entire network, including the M42, will be reviewed through Highways England’s route strategy process. Details on this can be found at: