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More traffic misery for M6 drivers in Castle Bromwich

Six months of new roadworks set to start next week which will add to congestion for drivers in already busy area

Overruning roadworks at Spitfire Island are about to be joined by a new set at nearby junction five

Motorists in north Birmingham are bracing themselves for another glut of roadworks as the nightmarish traffic jams look set to continue with the closure of an M6 junction.

Travellers using roads around Spitfire Island, where the A452 Chester Road meets Fort Parkway in Castle Bromwich, have been plagued by over-running roadworks to install a slip road and traffic lights on this island.

The area is already busy with workers leaving places such as Fort Dunlop and Jaguar and shoppers visiting The Fort, Castle Vale Retail Park and Ravenside Retail Park.

Highways England and contractor Kier have now outlined a new series of closures and diversions in the same vicinity which will commence on January 10 and last over six months.

The southbound slip road to join the M6 at junction five will be closed from Sunday for 25 weeks and the northbound slip road to leave the M6 will close overnight from Monday for one week.

Highways England has put a series of diversions in place to accommodate the closures:

M6 Southbound traffic

* Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the B4114 Birmingham Road

* At the junction, traffic travels eastbound along the B4114 to the A446 Stonebridge Road

* At the junction, traffic travels southbound along the A446 and joins the M6 southbound at junction four

M42 Northbound traffic

* Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the B4114 Birmingham Road

* At the junction, traffic travels eastbound along the B4114 to the A446 Stonebridge Road

* At the junction, traffic travels northbound along the A446 and joins the M42 northbound at junction nine

M42 Southbound traffic

* Diverted traffic joins the southbound carriageway of the A452 at M6 junction five and continues southbound to the A45 at Stonebridge Island

* At the junction, traffic travels westbound along the A45 to join the M42 southbound at M42 junction six

Alternative routes to avoid the diversions are available at the A38/Salford Circus island, where traffic can join the M6 north and south at junction six, or the A38 through Minworth to the M42 junction nine, also to travel north and south.

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