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M5 motorway

motorway in England

The M5 is a motorway in England. It links the Midlands and the South West.

M5 motorway shield

M5 motorway
Looking south towards junction 20
Route information
Maintained by Highways England
Length162.9 mi (262.2 km)
Existed1962–present
HistoryOpened: 1962
Completed: 1977
Major junctions
Northeast endWest Bromwich
 UK-Motorway-M6.svg
M6 motorway
Junction 4a.svg UK-Motorway-M42.svg
J4a → M42 motorway
Junction 8.svg UK-Motorway-M50.svg
J8 → M50 motorway
Junction 15.svg UK-Motorway-M4.svg
J15 → M4 motorway
Junction 18a.svg UK-Motorway-M49.svg
J18a → M49 motorway
Southwest endExminster
Location
CountiesWest Midlands, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon
Primary
destinations
West Bromwich
Birmingham
Bromsgrove
Worcester
Cheltenham
Gloucester
Bristol
Weston-super-Mare
Bridgwater
Taunton
Exeter
Road network
M4M6

It runs from Junction 8 of the M6 at West Bromwich near Birmingham to Exeter in Devon. It is the main gateway to South West England. Congestion is common during the summer holidays, on Friday afternoons, and school and bank holidays on the section south of the M4.