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HS2 - Notice of temporary hard shoulder closure on M6

Published on Tuesday, 17th December 2019

Closure from the week of 13th January for two weeks, subject to consent and weather conditions. Working hours will be Monday to Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm.

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Early works for HS2 are carried out by LM – a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons.

Works planned near Coleshill Heath Road

Over the coming months, we’ll be working near Chelmsley Wood to prepare the route for the new railway. This work includes vegetation clearance and installing some fencing.

Where will there be a hard shoulder closure?

LM will be temporarily closing a section of the hard shoulder along the M6 slip road from the M42 in order to facilitate vegetation clearance alongside the roadway. The closure will be in place on weekdays
between 9:30am-3:30pm from the week of 13th January for two weeks, subject to consent and weather conditions.

Why we're doing this work

In order to deliver Phase One of HS2, connecting London Euston to the West Midlands, we need to prepare as much of the route as possible between October 2019 and March 2020. This will ensure that our main construction work can commence on time in future. It’s also important to complete this work during this time of year as it is outside of key periods in the ecological calendar and minimises our impact on local wildlife.

What to expect

You might see us working on site during the day.

What we will do

Keep all sites safe and secure, while keeping disruption to a minimum. Ensure hard shoulder closure is clearly marked. Sign up for regular updates at or

If you have a question about HS2 or our works, please contact our HS2 Helpdesk team on 08081 434 434 or email