|Distance:||27 miles (43.5 km)|
|Met:||M6, M42, A38, A453, A5, A461, A34, M6, A460, M54|
|Now part of:||M6 Toll/M600|
|Route outline (key)|
This article is going to focus on the originally planned route. For the finalised route, see the M6 Toll article.
The original plans was for an untolled motorway. As such, junctions were more standard roundabouts and the A38 Sutton Coldfield bypass was to be upgraded mostly online between a fork at Langley Mill and Weeford. In the Brownhills area, the route was different, running north of the A5 east of Wall Island, a short bit of online upgrade of the A5, using the passive provision for a flyover at Wall Island. These online upgrades meant junctions would be provided for the A453 at Bassetts Pole and A461 at Muckley Corner.
The northern end was also different, running further south to extend a bit further: to Featherstone on the M54 (this would have been part of the Western Orbital route). This would have meant no junction with the A460 at Wedges Mills.