National Highways continues work as M5 Avonmouth Bridge nears 50th anniversary

National Highways is welding the future of the M5 Avonmouth Bridge for generations to come as the iconic structure marks its 50th anniversary next week. Over the past five decades a significant amount of unseen work has gone into maintaining the bridge and currently a programme of welding is being undertaken on the underside of the […]

The Midlands: New M1 and M5 emergency areas planned

Fifty-four new emergency areas are planned for the M1 in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire and the M5 in Worcestershire with construction due to begin from the beginning of April.   These new emergency areas are as follows:  National Highways is investing £390 million to give drivers on its network further opportunities to pull over into […]

National Highways completes M5 bridge restoration ahead of schedule

A major refurbishment of a bridge spanning the M5 between Cheltenham and Gloucester has been completed a month ahead of schedule. As part of a sequence of safety schemes to repair a number of M5 bridges in Gloucestershire, National Highways and principal contractors MJ Church have removed the scaffolding, waterproofed and resurfaced the Bamfurlong Lane […]

M5 named England’s most popular motorway

The UK’s drivers have rated the M5 as the most popular motorway in England in a new survey from the independent watchdog, Transport Focus. In the Strategic Roads User Survey the M5 motorway between the Midlands and the South West had the highest overall satisfaction at 82%. The M5 has also improved both its overall satisfaction rating […]

Plans to tackle M5 J1 congestion announced

Sandwell Council, supported by West Bromwich Albion Football Club, announces plans to implement short and long-term measures to ease congestion at Junction 1 of the M5 motorway. High traffic volumes have returned to pre-pandemic levels at peak times causing long queues for road users in the area throughout the week, including matchdays.  The council and […]

M4 and M5 safety enhancements set to start this month

National Highways has announced a six-mile section of motorway around the Almondsbury interchange is being upgraded to improve driver safety. The work, on the M4 between junction 19 for Bristol and where it meets the M5 at the Almondsbury interchange, and on the M5 to junction 17 at Cribbs Causeway, includes: Concrete barriers are even […]

Rising costs forces bid rethink for £200m M5 junction 10 project

Gloucestershire County Council is set to retender its project to upgrade junction 10 of the M5 to the west of Cheltenham. The council has gone back to the market with refreshed procurement plans in the face of volatile market costs, despite originally planning to chose a contractor for the project by July. Its new procurement […]


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