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M6 widening scheme begins from Castle Bromwich to M5 link

Image caption In the future, the hard shoulder will be used as a traffic lane at peak times on this section of the M6

Work on a multi-million pound project to widen part of the M6 in the West Midlands has begun.

The hard shoulders will be opened up and variable speed limits introduced between junctions five and eight as part of the £126.4m scheme.

The project encompasses Spaghetti Junction and links the sections of the motorway that already use the system between junctions 4 and 5 and 8 to 10a.

The latest work is between Castle Bromwich and the link for the M5.

The scheme is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

Rob Edwards, project manager for the Highways Agency, said: "It's proven to be very effective on the M42 and also on the M6 on the two bits that have been done before.

"It's designed to ease congestion and to give more reliability of journey time."

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