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Oldbury Viaduct – M5 junctions 1-2 progress report

Highways England have been undertaking some preparatory work ahead of the main scheme starting on the M5 Oldbury Viaduct, between junctions 1 and 2. For safety reasons, they are completing this work using 3 narrow lanes on each carriageway with a 40mph speed limit and some overnight closures.

View some images showing progress of work below.

Highways England has also been working with local authorities to ensure that local traffic disruption is kept to a minimum. As a result of this work they have funded improvements to several of the busiest junctions in the local area.

To inform local residents about their works they recently held three public information events in Oldbury and West Bromwich. Highways England were supported at these events by representatives of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and National Express, who were on hand to answer queries relating to alternative modes of travel. They also partnered with the WMCA to promote alternative modes of travel by holding an exhibition on their display bus in Oldbury.

What next?

In early summer 2017, Highways England will start repair works on the southbound carriageway. They will need to close the carriageway and put in place a contraflow system with a 30mph speed limit. This means all traffic will be diverted onto the northbound carriageway, with two lanes operating in each direction, allowing us to keep this vital route open. To manage the volume of traffic through this section the following measures will be in place:

  • Northbound at M5 junction 4a for Bromsgrove, there will be two lanes leading onto the M42, with one lane continuing onto the M5 to encourage drivers to take the alternative route around Birmingham
  • At the link between the M6 and the M5 southbound, one lane will lead onto the M5, with three lanes continuing onto the M6
  • There will be reduced speed limits on approach to the 30mph speed restriction between junctions 1 and 2

Plan your journey

Highways England will do everything possible to plan and manage our road works to keep traffic moving. However there will still be some disruption to the M5 and routes leading into or out of these junctions. They recommend that you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys. You may wish to consider using alternative routes and modes of transport where possible. If you use this route to commute it is also worth considering, where possible, car sharing or working from home.


  • January 2017 - Start of enabling works
  • March 2017 - Public Information Events held
  • April 2017 - Narrow lanes installed with 40mph speed limit on the viaduct
  • Summer 2017 - Start of concrete repair work with major traffic management layout implemented
  • Autumn 2018 - Target completion date

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Further information

Scheme website:

Check live traffic information before setting off at:

For information on public transport, please visit:

For general enquires about the scheme you can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.


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