Highways England All Lane Running Smart Motorway M6 J10a – 13

Faithful+Gould was appointed by Highways England under the Professional Services Framework in 2013 to undertake the role of commercial assurance on the M6 J10a – 13 scheme. The scheme, the first All Lane Running (ALR) Smart Motorways project released by Highways England, was a key project for the highways sector.

The M6 motorway is a vital route for local, regional and international traffic but is renowned for congestion, unstable traffic flows and delays to drivers. The M6 J10a - J13 is a strategic section between the Birmingham Box, connecting the M6 Toll, M1, M40 and M5 to the south and the M6, M56 and M62 to the North. Due to growing traffic flows Highways England committed to improving this section by implementing All Lane Running Smart Motorways.

The scheme, the first All Lane Running (ALR) Smart Motorways project released by Highways England, was a key project for the highways sector.

The scheme set out to increase capacity by making the existing hard shoulder suitable for use as a running lane, introducing improvements to the junction merge/diverge layouts within the existing paved width and the introduction of Smart Motorway technology including:

  • Actively managed traffic to minimise congestion on the network
  • Managing vehicle speeds before the network starts to reach the point of congestion through mandatory variable speed limits
  • Introduction of Emergency Refuge Areas to provide a safe area for motorists

We provided a specialist onsite team for Highways England delivering project forecasts, preparing templates and flow charts to encourage 'best practice' whilst maintaining an efficient, streamlined commercial approach. The team also produced cost effective and time efficient ways of implementing change throughout the contract.

The M6 J10a – 13 scheme opened for traffic in February 2016 and as a result of our work on the project we were awarded Lot 2 of the Highways England Specialist Professional and Technical Services framework (SPaTS) to provide a key service to Highways England in its quest to improve its transport network.

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