Opening booklets 27 January 2018
In days gone by, new roads were often celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the issue of a commemorative booklet heralding the exciting new highway. You'll find some of them here, complete with a glimpse of all that empty tarmac and a healthy dose of modernist optimism.
M5 J4A-J6 Smart Motorway 6 April 2017
Upgrade of the M5 between junctions 4A (the M42) and 6 (Worcester) to Smart Motorway, including variable speed limits and all-lane running. Work to upgrade the central reservation to concrete step barrier along this section was completed in 2014. Enabling works and site clearance began in August 2015, with main construction beginning in January 2016. As such this scheme has a relatively imminent completion date, due to the recent completion of the ancillary works.
M5 J29 East of Exeter Improvement 14 October 2014
A package of measures designed to improve safety and increase capacity of the road network around and to the east of M5 J29. Traffic flows in this area are predicted to increase signficantly by 2016, as a result of a business park development, the completion of Exeter Gateway, and the expansion of Exeter Airport.
M4 J19-20 and M5 J15-17 Managed Motorway 7 October 2014
Introduction of dynamic hard shoulder running (use of the hard shoulder as a fourth lane during busy periods) on a section of the M4 (J19-20) and M5 (J15-17) north of Bristol. The aim of the scheme is to increase the capacity of the existing road space, and thus reduce congestion.
M5 J12 Improvements 6 February 2011
The aim of this scheme is to improve traffic flow by increasing the capacity of the junction. This will be achieved by adding lanes to the sliproads, roundabouts, and overbridge, and by building new, dedicated filter lanes north- and southbound between the M5 and the B4008 (A38) to Gloucester. The junction will also be signalised.