Motorists face month of pain near Cannock M6 junction

Thousands of drivers are facing a month of tailbacks due to resurfacing works on two major routes near a busy M6 junction in Staffordshire.

The A460 at Cannock - photo Google StreetView
The A460 at Cannock - photo Google StreetView

Motorists are being caught up in miles of queues along the A460 and A462 near junction 11 in Cannock.

Traffic has been crawling just two miles in an hour during peak periods. The A460 has been reduced to one lane in both directions, causing long delays for drivers heading out of Cannock towards the M6 from the Longford island.

And there will be further disruption this weekend when slip roads on to the motorway at junction 11 are shut overnight.


Resurfacing will start on Saturday and run for 12 nights, from 8pm to 6am. The A462 Warstone Road will be shut during those hours between the motorway turn-off and the Hollybush Garden Centre.

Commuters who have been caught up in the four-week scheme, which started this week, say they are not convinced it is necessary.

Office worker Donald Maciver, 28, was making his way home to Birmingham from Cannock at 5pm when he got stuck in traffic leaving the Longford Island.

“It must have taken me an hour to get two miles and on to the motorway,” he said today. “When I heard it was for resurfacing I was amazed as I use the road every day and have always thought the surface was fine.”

Steve Hallett, general manager of Hollybush Garden Centre, said the roadworks were delaying staff.

County councillor Mike Lawrence apologised for the disruption but said the work was necessary.

By Claire Fry 

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Comments for: "Motorists face month of pain near Cannock M6 junction"

London Bloke

Why does it need to take 12 nights? I assume it's the usual thing with contractors- under-resourced and strung out to maximimse the profits. Pathetic.

M6 Commuter

Hopefully when the resurfacing has been undertaken aomeone will ensure that the lanes are clearly marked as cars are always in the wrong lanes when trying to get to Featherstone from the Cannock direction.


They will need at least 10 days to stand around so the the mass ranks of traffic can just stare at them in disbelief at the thought they they may actually pick up that shovel or get in the cab of the digger!!!

Regular Commuter

I use Junction 11 every weekday. The surface on the north side of the roundabout has been bad for some time. The potholes that keep appearing are deep, horrendous and likely to cause damage to a car that hits them full on. I'm hoping the resurfacing will fix this.

I'm avoiding the junction, at the moment, if at all possible. It was bad enough during the rush hour when heading from Cannock before these road works.

Suggestion the council planners look at allowing both lanes from Cannock to go around the roundabout towards Wolves. Even without these roadworks the A462 traffic was pretty much blocked off during the rush hour.

clive evans

'Council planners' - you're joking.

Three lanes become 2 at Longford and Cheslyn Hay turn-off. The M6 interchange IS 2 lanes - one for left and ahead and one for right and ahead.

Chaos in Newhall Street, Cannock while renovating Lin ford's to make Wetherspoons could have been avoided if they adopted the traffic solution eventually put in!! Likewise Park Road, Cannock could have been one-way whilst building flats and avoiding congestion by bus station. No right turn out of Park Road to town centre is not enforced and costs public money to renew TRC.

Need I go on?

clive evans

do miss UK here in retirement in Thailand - NO!!