Midlands Connect makes 'statement of intent' with motorways plan

06/06/2018
Chris Ames

The sub-national transport body (STB) for the Midlands has published what it calls a ‘bold, long-term vision’ to cut congestion on the region’s motorways, including a possible new strategic route linking the M5 and the M6.

Midlands Connect’s Midlands Motorway Hub report, completed in collaboration with Highways England, puts forward 10 recommendations for ‘decongesting the heart of Britain’s motorway network’ over the next two decades.

The report makes both short-term and long-term proposals to reduce congestion on the ‘Hub’, which spans key sections of the M42, M5 and M6.

Short-term plans include measures to improve use of the underused M6 Toll while a key long-term recommendation is to consider in greater detail the economic case for a Western Strategic Route, linking the M5 and the M6.

Maria Machancoses (pictured), director at Midlands Connect, said: ‘This long-term plan shows the Midlands needs a strategic solution for its road network, not a quick fix.

'There is no silver bullet solution to fixing congestion; the recommendations outlined in this report are a bold statement of intent as to what is required to make the Midlands’ motorway network fit for purpose.’

Highways England network planning director Jeremy Bloom said: ‘We recognise that the network in the Midlands suffers from extensive congestion and agree that a vision for the future will help us to develop an investment strategy that solves the problems over the longer term.

‘Clearly this won’t happen overnight but this report provides us with the foundation to plan improvements over the next two decades. We are committed to working closely with Midlands Connect to make this a reality.’

Midland Connect said its analysis found that delivering the report’s recommendations could unlock up to 50,000 new jobs at key locations near to the Hub and support the construction of 50,000 new homes.

The report recommends improving time savings signage on the M6, which could help divert drivers onto the M6 Toll at peak times or during incidents. This could be delivered within the next two years.

The STB said that of the recommendations for further study in the report, its early research suggests that a Western Strategic Route offers the biggest benefit for improving journey times and reducing variability ‘providing additional capacity, raising resilience and supporting economic growth’.

It said data shows a such a route could shift around 20% of the traffic travelling through the region from the M6 in the North and M5 in the South away from the motorways. Midlands Connect said it is not yet considering any specific routes, but that further research this year will examine the economic and social benefits that could be realised.

The report also suggests that new strategic Park & Ride sites could reduce short trips on the most congested part of the Hub.

It also outlines a recommendation to test the potential for trialling HGV platooning in the Midlands. The STB will carry out more research this year on the prospect of trials, alongside other traffic management strategies such as freight-only lanes.

The report’s other main proposals are:

  • Widening the M42 from Junction 3A to Junction 7
  • Creating an A46 Expressway
  • Further enhancements on M42 Junction 6
  • Targeted improvements on M6 Junctions 2, 3 and 4
  • Ramp metering (installing traffic lights) on the M5 at Junction 1 and Junction 2
  • Developing a smart motorway on the M6, M1 to Junction 2.
 

 

 

 

Highways jobs

Traffic Signals Engineer/Senior Engineer

Bath & North East Somerset Council
£30,507 - £37,849 pa (career grade)
We have a vacancy for a career graded Traffic Signals Engineer / Senior Engineer role over two separate levels of progression.  Keynsham, Bristol
Recruiter: Bath & North East Somerset Council

Roadworker Ganger

City of York Council
£21,400 to £23,793 per annum
The successful applicant will play a key role in the delivery of a variety of works to highways, footways, major transport projects schemes as... York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Roadworker

City of York Council
£19,875 to £20,975 per annum
You will have some experience in assisting in delivering civil engineering projects. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Cemeteries Operative

Northumberland County Council
£19,554 - £21,166
Cemeteries Operative, based at Tweedmouth Depot, Berwick Tweedmouth Depot, Berwick Upon Tweed
Recruiter: Northumberland County Council

Project Engineer - Thirsk

North Yorkshire County Council
£24,313 to £34,788 
If you have experience in highway design and dealing with the public, we would love to hear from you.    Thirsk, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Transport Network Monitoring Officer

City of York Council
£10.30 per hour
Do you have previous knowledge/experience of Computer Network Transport Systems? York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Utility Liaison Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£31,434 - £34,986 per annum
You will also be responsible for agreeing all relevant inspection and permit fee charges with utility companies including... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Assistant Director Planning & Transportation

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
£81,495 per annum 
Looking for a highly accomplished, ambitious and determined Chartered Town Planner to join the Growth Directorate’s leadership team.  Tameside, Greater Manchester
Recruiter: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Senior Highways Maintenance Technician    

Worcestershire County Council
£25,540 up to £27,229 (plus payment for occasional out of hours working) 
Using your knowledge and experience in highways maintenance you will support and advise your colleagues and contractors. Worcestershire
Recruiter: Worcestershire County Council

Driver/Attendant

Redbridge London Borough Council
£21,591 per annum pro-rated for 20 hours and term time.
Experience in transporting students or Special Clients such as elderly or persons with disabilities is preferred. Ilford, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Redbridge London Borough Council

Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) Programme Lead

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£48,172 - £49,047
This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with highly developed interpersonal, organisational and negotiation skills along with... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Technical Assistant – Network Information and Compliance

North Yorkshire County Council
£18,426 to £22,021
Do you have experience of using, researching, interpreting and communicating about both legal and technical documents?  North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Senior Conservation Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£32,643 - £45,704 depending on skills
Do you want to work in one of London’s most exciting historic environments, leading on listed buildings and conservation areas? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Climate Change Programme Manager

North West Leicestershire District Council
Band H, up to £42,683
North West Leicestershire is a great place to live, work and visit and we are clear about our ambition for the council to be carbon neutral by 2030. Coalville, Leicestershire
Recruiter: North West Leicestershire District Council

Director of Place

London Borough of Bexley
Starting salary £147k
This is a key leadership role within the organisation, with a varied portfolio that includes
Recruiter: London Borough of Bexley

Economic Resilience Project Development Manager (Town Centres)

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£42,683 - £44,632
We are looking for talented person to join our ambitious and highly collaborative team. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Operative

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£18,426 to £21,166
We are looking for Highways Operatives who have experience in a range of the following... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Waste Collection Operative - Loaders / HGV Drivers (Hays Recruitment)

Chelmsford City Council
Please see our Partner Organisation's advert for details
Looking for the right candidates who can help them to provide a waste collection service to their residents across Chelmsford. Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Senior Street Lighting Engineer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£35,246 - £45,704 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
Are you looking for working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance? London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Estate Maintenance Operative

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
Starting Salary is £21,210 depending on skills, knowledge and experience
You will be in daily contact with members of the public and will be expected to assist bereaved family members in a sympathetic manner. London (Greater)
Recruiter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

 

ADEPT: Past and present

Highways England: Present and future

Mott MacDonald: Urban realm of the future

View the latest issue

Latest Video