M42 Junction 3 slip roads speed limit consultation

Closed 4 Apr 2022

Opened 7 Mar 2022


This consultation provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposal to introduce, by way of Regulations, a permanent 50mph speed limit to the slip roads on the M42 at junction 3.

The M42 junction 3 slip roads have been running at a temporary 50mph speed limit following the completion of the M42 junction 3 Improvement scheme in early 2020. We're now proposing to make the 50mph speed limit permanent and will be holding a consultation regarding our proposals from 7 March 2022 to 4 April 2022.

We want to hear from everybody who may be affected by these proposals, including how it could affect you, your organisation or those you represent. We would also like to hear any concerns you may have about this speed limit reduction.

The permanent 50mph speed limit will, if approved, will be posted in the following locations:

  • M42 junction 3 Northbound (eastbound) exit slip
  • M42 junction 3 Southbound (westbound) exit slip

In addition, not subject to this consultation process, permanent 50mph speed limit will also be posted in the following locations:

  • On the roundabout junction of the M42 junction 3 with the A435
  • The A435 to the north of its junction with the M42 junction 3
  • The A435 to the south of its junction with the M42 junction 3

Once in force, the relevant Regulations will restrict driving at a speed exceeding that displayed on the signs.

Why we need to reduce the speed limits

There are many benefits of a reduced 50mph mandatory speed limit, including:

  • Helping to control the speed of vehicles exiting the M42 in a southbound direction and reduce the speed of vehicles as they negotiate the free flow left slip.
  • Helping to control the speed of vehicles exiting the M42 in a northbound direction and reduce the speed of vehicles as they approach the traffic signals and stop line.
  • Providing sensible continuation of the Local Highway Authority proposed speed reduction scheme, throughout the roundabout grade separated junction.
  • Helping to control the speed of vehicles both entering and exiting the roundabout junction, as well as within the roundabout gyratory, helping to make safer the presence of informal pedestrian crossing points.

Please read the consultation document below to find out more about the proposals.

The consultation document can also be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

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How to give us your views

You can respond online by using the ‘Online survey’ box below.

Alternatively, you can complete the consultation response form at Appendix B in the consultation document and return it to us by email or by post to the following addresses.

Please ensure that your response reaches us by 11:59pm on 4 April 2022.

Email: M42J3consultation@highwaysengland.co.uk

Jess Kenny

Project Manager

National Highways

The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street,


B1 1RN


How we will act on your responses

All feedback received within the consultation period will be considered and we’ll reply where necessary. Following the consultation, we will provide a report which analyses your feedback and our responses.



  • All members of the public


  • Roads