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How long is the M5 Motorway? The M5 motorway is 162.9 miles (262.2 km) long.
Where is the M5 motorway? The M5 runs between the West Midlands and South West England.
Where does the M5 motorway go? The M5 motorway runs Walsall in the Midlands to Exeter in Devon.
What are the main towns along the M5? Primary towns and destinations on the M5 are Walsall, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater, Taunton, End Exeter.
When was the M5 built? The M5 was constructed between 1962 and 1977.
The M5 is a motorway often used by holiday makers heading for the Dartmoor National Park to the popular tourist areas in South West England of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset and those on route to South Wales.
In South Wales the M5 connects to the M4 for easy access to South Wales for the Brecon Beacons National Park or the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
UK Bank Holidays and other popular travel times can mean the M5 gets busy and can experience delays.
The M5 motorway joins the M6 at its northern tip in the Midlands, joins the M42 at Junction 4a, M50 at Junction 8, the M4 at Junctions 15 for those heading to South Wales and Bristol or Somerset, and the M49 at Junction 18a.
The M49 is a short 5 mile motorway that creates a faster link between the M5 and the M4 for those heading north to South Wales or from South Wales to the south West of England.
Was the M5 the first UK motorway to be built? No The first UK road to be built to motorway standard was the Preston Bypass which later became part of the M6. The first motorway was the M1 motorway.
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The M5 can be particularly business in holiday and summer periods with holiday makers heading for Devon and Cornwall.
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