M42 reopens in Midlands following HS2 works
National Highways has thanked drivers for their patience with the M42 now back open to motorists following HS2 works.
The M42 between junction M42 motorway junction 9 (Dunton Interchange) and junction 10 (Tamworth Interchange) is now fully operational and opened on 1 January 2023 from 5pm.
The motorway had been closed for 10 days between the two junctions during the festive period for HS2 works to move a 12,600 tonne bridge into place over the carriageway.
National Highways Senior Network Planner, Frank Bird said: “We’d like to say a big thank-you to motorists for their patience during the closure of the M42. It’s never easy to close a busy motorway such as the M42 for an extended period but it has been vital to ensure the safety of the workforce and motorists while this work is taking place.
“We’ve been working collaboratively with HS2 for the past 18 months to ensure the operation runs smoothly and to help keep disruption to a minimum for drivers. The installation of the new Marston Box bridge is a significant milestone in the HS2 project and it’s great to see it finally in place.”
For live traffic updates drivers can follow the @HighwaysWMIDS Twitter feed. The National Highways 24/7 customer contact centre team can also provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000.