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M6: Road Traffic Control

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of proposals to widen the M6; how this scheme will be affected by proposals to introduce hard shoulder driving on parts of the M6; what discussions she has had with (a) safety groups, (b) insurance groups and (c) other interested parties on proposals to extend hard shoulder driving beyond the M42 pilot scheme; and what motorways will be considered by her study into extending advanced signalling and traffic management systems. (163224)

The Highways Agency (HA) is currently investigating options for adding capacity to the M6 between junctions 11a and 19, including both widening and Active Traffic Management (ATM). This work is anticipated to lead to a public consultation in due course.

HA will also consult a wide range of stakeholders on the £150 million scheme to extend ATM to sections of the M6 around Birmingham as the detailed specification is developed, building on the relationships already established with stakeholders in relation to the M42 ATM trial. Further decisions on the possible wider application of advanced signalling and traffic management systems will be informed by the feasibility study announced on 25 October 2007. The Terms of Reference were published to Parliament through a written ministerial statement on the same day. In conducting the study we will convene a stakeholder advisory group to ensure a wide range of key interest groups are consulted.