The Info List - M42 Motorway

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The M42 motorway
M42 motorway
is a major road in England. The motorway runs north east from Bromsgrove
in Worcestershire
to just south west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch
in Leicestershire, passing Redditch, Solihull, the National Exhibition Centre
National Exhibition Centre
(NEC) and Tamworth on the way. The section between the M40 and junction 4 of the M6 forms – though unsigned as such – a part of Euroroute E05. Beyond junction 11 the route is continued as the A42, the junctions on this section, 12–14, are numbered like a continuation of the motorway, but the road has non-motorway status from here.


1 History

1.1 Planning and construction 1.2 Operational history

2 Features

2.1 Birmingham
Outer Ring Road

2.1.1 Managed motorways and Active Traffic Management

3 Incidents and accidents 4 Junctions

4.1 Coordinate list

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Planning and construction[edit] The M42 was first announced in 1972. The first section opened in November 1976 linking Birmingham International Airport with the M6 motorway.[1] The curve around the south-eastern side of Solihull
opened in September 1985 followed by the section from the M6 motorway
M6 motorway
with the A5 at Tamworth in December 1985.[2] The southern section of the motorway to Alvechurch
just north of Redditch
to form a junction with the A441 and from A5 at Tamworth with the A444 at Measham
opened in 1986.[3] In 1987 the section to the A38 at Bromsgrove, some 15 miles (24 km) south of Birmingham
was completed.[4] and then in December 1989 the motorway was completed with the opening of the link from the M5.[5] A planned section north of the M6 running to the M1 near Nottingham was never constructed as planned being replaced by the A42 link.[6] Operational history[edit] Junction 3a was remodeled to give priority to traffic operating between the now westbound section of the M42 and the new M40 motorway towards London
in January 1991. The section of M42 between the M40 (J3A) and the M5 (J4A) was scheduled to be re-designated as an extension of the M40 at the same time, but this re-designation never took place. The section of the M42 between Junctions 7A and 9 was re-built as part of the M6 Toll
M6 Toll
works and now forms the link between the M6 and the southern end of the toll road. The M6 Toll
M6 Toll
opened in 2003. Active Traffic Management with hard shoulder running and variable speed limits were introduced in 2006. Since the 1980s, there have been constant plans to build a new service station on the motorway south of Birmingham
Airport and the NEC, but this has yet to be built.[7] Features[edit] Birmingham
Outer Ring Road[edit] Along with sections of the M5 and M6, the southern sections of the M42 form the Birmingham
Outer Ring Road motorway around Birmingham. Much like the M25 around London, and the M60 around Manchester, there are areas where this orbital system does not work well. One such point is junction 3A, the link between the M42 and the M40, where traffic is often heavy in the rush hour. The intersection between the M42 and M6 is often very busy too, especially when travelling along the M6. Managed motorways and Active Traffic Management[edit] Active Traffic Management (ATM) was launched as a pilot scheme on the M42 operating between junction 3a and 7 with mandatory variable speed limits, hard shoulder running, better driver information signs and a new incident management system. This system allows operators to open and close any lane to traffic in order to help manage congestion or an incident. Since it started in 2006 journey times have decreased by 26% northbound and 9% southbound and journey time variability has decreased by 27%.[8] Due to the success of the trial this system was later extended northbound to junction 9 of the M42 (and onto the adjacent M6 to Junction 5) and southbound along the M40 to Junction 15 as part of the first phase of a nationwide roll out of the rebranded 'Managed motorways; concept. Incidents and accidents[edit]

A multiple vehicle collision involving 160 vehicles occurred on 10 March 1997 in fog in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
which resulted in 3 deaths and 60 injuries.[9]

Junctions[edit] Data from driver location signs are used to provide distance and carriageway identifier information.[10] If a junction extends over several hundred metres and both start and end points are known, both are shown.

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M42 motorway
M42 motorway

miles km Northbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Southbound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates

0.0 0.9 0.0 1.4 Start of motorway Terminus M5 J4A The south west, Worcester
M5(S) The north west, Birmingham
(W, N & C), Stourbridge, M5(N) 52°20′53″N 2°04′28″W / 52.348029°N 2.074571°W / 52.348029; -2.074571 (M42, Start of motorway)

1.4 1.6 2.3 2.6 No access J1 Bromsgrove
A38 52°21′20″N 2°02′45″W / 52.355618°N 2.045828°W / 52.355618; -2.045828 (M42, J1)

5.6 6.0 9.0 9.6 Birmingham
(South) A441 Hopwood Park services J2 Services Birmingham
(South), A441 Hopwood Park services 52°21′43″N 1°56′56″W / 52.361843°N 1.948872°W / 52.361843; -1.948872 (M42, J2)

8.4 8.8 13.5 14.1 Birmingham
(South), Redditch, Evesham A435 J3 Birmingham
(South), Redditch, Evesham A435 52°21′18″N 1°53′09″W / 52.354897°N 1.885893°W / 52.354897; -1.885893 (M42, J3)

11.7 12.2 18.8 19.7 London, Warwick, Stratford M40 J3A [coord 1] London, Warwick, Stratford M40 52°20′55″N 1°48′41″W / 52.348593°N 1.811435°W / 52.348593; -1.811435 (M42, J3A)

14.2 14.5 22.8 23.3 Shirley A34 J4 Shirley A34 52°22′47″N 1°47′11″W / 52.379699°N 1.786523°W / 52.379699; -1.786523 (M42, J4)

16.5 16.9 26.6 27.2 Solihull
A41 J5 Solihull
A41 52°24′19″N 1°45′00″W / 52.405142°N 1.750045°W / 52.405142; -1.750045 (M42, J5)

19.9 20.3 32.1 32.7 Birmingham
(East), NEC, Airport, Coventry
(South & West) A45 J6 Birmingham
(East), NEC, Airport, (Coventry) A45 52°26′42″N 1°42′36″W / 52.445064°N 1.709898°W / 52.445064; -1.709898 (M42, J6)

22.1 22.6 35.6 36.4 The north west, Birmingham
(North & Central) M6(N) J7 [coord 2] No access 52°28′26″N 1°42′41″W / 52.473776°N 1.711485°W / 52.473776; -1.711485 (M42, J7)

22.7 22.9 36.6 36.8 London
(M1), Coventry
M6(S) J7A [coord 3] No access 52°28′53″N 1°42′37″W / 52.481473°N 1.710262°W / 52.481473; -1.710262 (M42, J7A)

No access J7A London, Coventry, (M6) M6 Toll 52°29′28″N 1°42′54″W / 52.491195°N 1.715112°W / 52.491195; -1.715112 (M42, J7B)

24.5 39.4 No access J8 Birmingham
(East, North, West & Central) M6 52°30′33″N 1°43′32″W / 52.509143°N 1.725497°W / 52.509143; -1.725497 (M42, J8)

Lichfield, The north west M6 Toll J9 No access 52°31′45″N 1°43′47″W / 52.529277°N 1.729617°W / 52.529277; -1.729617 (M42, J8A)

26.7 42.9 Lichfield, Coleshill A446 Sutton Coldfield, Kingsbury A4097 J9 Lichfield, Coleshill, A446 Sutton Coldfield, Kingsbury, A4097 52°32′20″N 1°43′35″W / 52.538818°N 1.726313°W / 52.538818; -1.726313 (M42, J9)

32.4 52.2 Tamworth, Nuneaton
A5 Tamworth services J10 Services Tamworth A5, Lichfield
(A38) (M6(Toll) Tamworth services 52°36′12″N 1°38′30″W / 52.603334°N 1.641576°W / 52.603334; -1.641576 (M42, J10)

39.7 40.0 63.9 64.4 Burton upon Trent A444 J11 [coord 4] Start of motorway 52°41′20″N 1°32′54″W / 52.688987°N 1.548450°W / 52.688987; -1.548450 (M42, J11)

Road continues as A42 to East Midlands Airport
East Midlands Airport
& M1 Nuneaton
A444 Non motorway traffic 52°41′35″N 1°32′50″W / 52.692928°N 1.547098°W / 52.692928; -1.547098 (M42, J11)


Distances in kilometres and carriageway identifiers are obtained from driver location signs/location marker posts. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown.

1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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Coordinate list[edit]

^ 52°20′56″N 1°48′35″W / 52.3488°N 1.8097°W / 52.3488; -1.8097 (Junction 3a) Termination point M40 ^ 52°28′39″N 1°42′39″W / 52.4774°N 1.7109°W / 52.4774; -1.7109 (Junction 7) Southern M6 / M42 intersection ^ 52°29′01″N 1°42′38″W / 52.4837°N 1.7106°W / 52.4837; -1.7106 (Junction 7a) Northern M6 / M42 intersection ^ 52°41′36″N 1°32′49″W / 52.69346°N 1.54695°W / 52.69346; -1.54695 (Junction 11) J11, A42

See also[edit]

List of motorways in the United Kingdom Category: M42 motorway
M42 motorway
service stations


^ "Chronology Map 1976". CRBD. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  ^ "Chronology Map 1985". CRBD. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  ^ "Chronology Map 1986". CRBD. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  ^ "Chronology Map 1987". CRBD. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  ^ "Chronology Map 1989". CRBD. Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.  ^ CBRD – M42 – Accessed 7 February 2009 ^ "Unbuilt Services". Motorway
Services Online. Retrieved 1 January 2012.  ^ "'Extra lane' plan to be extended". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007.  ^ "M42 death crash driver wins back his licence". Archive.worcesternews.co.uk. 10 November 2001. Retrieved 6 November 2010. [permanent dead link] ^ Driver Location Signs, M42 J1-7 (map) – Highway Authority, 2009

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