M5 motorway

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M5 Motorway
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Construction : 1962 - 1977
Starts : Birmingham
Ends : Exeter
Length : 166 miles (267 km)
This article is part of the Motorways series
The M5 motorway (Sydney) is also a motorway in Sydney, Australia.

The M5 is a motorway in the United Kingdom. It runs from the M6 motorway near Walsall to Exeter in Devon. Heading south from the M6, the M5 runs east of West Bromwich and west of Birmingham. The road continues past Bromsgrove, Worcester, Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgwater and Taunton on its way to Exeter, ending at Junction 31. It is the primary gateway to south-west England and can get very busy in summer months.

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Features

There are many notable features of the M5. The massive interchange between the M5 and M4 near Bristol is one of them. Another is the Avonmouth bridge (picture top right) that is often a bottleneck in heavy traffic. Beyond that is the split in height between the two sections of motorway as the road goes through hills above the Gordano valley between Portishead and Clevedon. Some of the road later on is in a distinctive pink color due to the different texture used on Motorway.

List of Junctions

  1. West Bromwich, Birmingham
  2. Dudley, Birmingham
  3. Halesowen, Birmingham
  4. A38, (4a links to M42)
  5. Droitwich Spa
  6. Worcester
  7. Worcester
  8. M50
  9. Tewkesbury
  10. Cheltenham
  11. Cheltenham
  12. Gloucester
  13. Stroud
  14. Charfield, Falfield and Wotton-under-Edge.
  15. Junction with M4
  16. Thornbury and Filton
  17. Cribbs Causeway, Bristol and Easter Compton
  18. Avonmouth (18a is M49 junction)
  19. Portishead
  20. Nailsea and Clevedon
  21. Weston Super Mare
  22. Burnham on Sea, Highbridge
  23. Bridgwater
  24. North Petherton for Minehead
  25. Taunton
  26. Wellington
  27. North Devon, Tiverton, Dulverton.
  28. Cullompton
  29. Exeter, A30, Exeter airport
  30. Exeter, A376
  31. A30, A38

The M5 closely follows the route of the A38 road. The A38 goes on from where the M5 leaves off. It has no connection with the A5 road.

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