This road project has now been completed. This page will be available for 6 months from the date of scheme completion, after which time you will only be able to access this information on The National Archive version of this page.

M6 junction 16 Improvement Scheme

Project status:   Completed
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   23 June 2014
End date:  June 2015


Type:   Improvement Scheme
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Improvement Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)

Cost:  £8.15 million


Managed by:   Area 9

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Following completion of this scheme we are now carrying out some follow up work at this location. This additional work will be complete by 25 July 2015.

The road and slip roads will remain open during these follow up works. The hard shoulder area of the slip roads will be closed and we will be closing individual slip road lanes overnight but we don’t expect this to delay traffic.

Where was the project located?

The work was located on the M6 junction 16 near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

Why was the scheme needed?

Works were required due to the M6 junction 16 being a partially-signalised grade separated interchange between the M6 and A500, which accesses the local road network. The junction suffered heavy congestion during the AM and PM peak hours, and the junction had also been ranked as the 3rd in the highest collision site list by the Highways England out of the 53 motorway junctions in Area 9.

What work was carried out?

The improvements to the junction have involved the provision of traffic signals to control all junction movements, widening of circulatory carriageway and the widening of northbound and southbound exit slip roads. The A500 corridor to the west of the junction has also being updraded by widening the carriageway to maximise the improvements to the junction. The improvements were developed to mitigate the existing congestion, operational and safety issues at junction 16.

Scope of works was as follows:

  • upgrade of the existing exit slips to provide three lanes on the approach to the circulatory
  • widening of the circulatory carriageway to provide three lanes at all points
  • installation of traffic signals on the circulatory carriageway to facilitate joining traffic
  • widening of the A500 eastbound to three lanes on its approach to the junction

How did this benefit road users?

As part of the pinch point programme this scheme aimed to:

  • improve access to planned employment and housing sites in Crewe and Stoke and surrounding areas within a 5 to 7km radius of the junction
  • help facilitate the delivery of around 5,800 jobs and 700 new homes in neighbouring areas by 2020
  • help to reduce daily congestion
  • reduce journey times for the travelling public
  • boost the economy
  • improve safety

How do I find out more information ?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.