A452_A446 weekend closure toolkit           Please click on the link

Early works for HS2 are being carried out by a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons, known as LM. LM has been carrying out works near the A452, A45 and M42 since 2018. We refer to this area as the Interchange area because it will be the home of the future HS2 Interchange Station.

Located near to the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham International Airport, Interchange Station will be a major transport gateway for the region, providing high speed rail connections to London, Birmingham and the North of England.

To ensure that the local road network is fit for purpose when the station is operational, LM is expanding and improving the existing network and creating new routes on HS2 land in Solihull. To link the new network with existing routes, LM is building four connecting highways bridges. The first of these new bridges – a 65-metre bridge, spanning the width of the M42 – was safely installed on Saturday 8 August 2020.

Forthcoming weekend road closure

We will now close sections of the A452 and A446 in the Interchange area for one weekend to install the bridge deck over the A446.

Sections of the A452 Chester Road (northbound) and A446 Stonebridge Road (northbound and southbound) between Stonebridge Island and M6 Junction 4 will be closed to traffic after evening rush hour on Friday 23 October 2020, and reopen before morning rush hour on Monday 26 October 2020.

If our work progresses faster than expected, we will reopen the A452 and A446 earlier if possible.

During this temporary closure, diversions will be in place and clear signage will be displayed along the route for drivers. Visit the Highways England website for full details of the road closure and diversion routes.

For more information about this, please go to our new page, Improving the Local Road Network in the Interchange area.

Communicating the weekend road closure

We have developed a ‘ready-made’ toolkit to help you promote the closure. The materials contained in the attached toolkit will enable your employees and customers to plan their journeys effectively, to keep your operations on track throughout the closure weekend. Included in this toolkit:

  • Suggested text suitable for digital and print channels
  • Graphics for digital and print channels
  • Flyer
  • FAQs


All materials contained within this toolkit are ‘ready to go’ and can be copied and pasted into your organisation’s communications templates and channels for distribution.

Where can I go to get more information?

If you have any questions regarding the A452 and A446 closure and our bridge installation, please contact the HS2 Helpdesk. You can contact the Helpdesk on:

Freephone: 08081 434 434    

Minicom: 08081 456 472    

Email: hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

How can I stay in touch with HS2?

We advise subscribing to HS2 in Solihull at www.hs2insolihull.co.uk to receive live news updates about all of HS2’s works in Solihull and associated traffic measures, including the A446 bridge deck installation.

Many thanks,

Community Engagement Team

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