M5 traffic: live news updates

Live traffic updates for the M5 and M5 junctions, plus real-time reports on travel accidents, roadworks, snow and other delays

The M5 is the primary motorway linking the Midlands to the West Country. On its route south-west, the M5 passes Bromwich, Birmingham and then through the Sandwell Valley. Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester, Bristol and Taunton are all on its 163-mile route, before it finally finishes up at Exeter.

For the majority of the time it is a standard three-lane motorway, but because it reduces to just two lanes in places it can be prone to congestion and other traffic issues. While it is not typically the busiest part of the UK road network, Friday afternoons, summer holidays and bank holidays can be particularly hectic times to hop on the M5.

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Here you’ll find live updates on the latest traffic news for the M5 motorway including a Twitter feed from the Highways Agency and others, an interactive map showing the current traffic problems caused by road works or accidents and weather news. It’s the perfect place to check before you start your journey.

M5 traffic news: live twitter feed

Scroll down to find live tweets from the Highways Agency, official police accounts and other traffic news feeds.

Tweets about M5 from:highwaysswest, OR from:bbcbristol, OR from:RAC_TrafficNews, OR from:aaroadwatch
M5 live traffic map

You would be pretty unlucky to get caught in major traffic jams on the M5 but just in case there is some disruption, you can keep up to date on any delays with our live and continuously updated M5 traffic map. 

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The map below shows live updates on the current disrupted areas of the M5 for roadworks, accidents or general congestion causing delays on the route…

The history of the M5 

The first 26 miles of the M5 motorway opened in 1962 and stretched from junction four at Lydiate Ash to the trumpet junction at Tewkesbury where it joins the M50. Despite Worcestershire County Council, the local police force and the County Surveyor of Worcestershire pushing for a three-lane route, the Ministry of Transport insisted that a two-lane motorway was to be built. Consequently, when the decision was made to widen the Worcester section of the M5 it cost £123 million to make the alteration.

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From 1967 to 1970, the M5 was extended north of junction four, along with the addition of Frankely services. Much of the construction was built as an elevated three-lane motorway using concrete pillars as support. The M5 was also extended southwards, from 1967 to 1977, through Somerset and down to Exeter, using a three-lane motorway layout once again.

M5 junctions

Below are details of all the M5 junctions on northbound and southbound carriageways…

North-east bound M5 exits (B carriageway)

Junction

South-west bound M5 exits (A carriageway)

The North West, Wolverhampton, Birmingham (North & East), Walsall M6

M6, J8

Start of motorway

West Bromwich, Birmingham (North West) A41

J1

West Bromwich, Birmingham (North West) A41

Dudley, Wolverhampton,

Birmingham (West) A4123

J2

Dudley, Wolverhampton, Birmingham (West) A4123

Birmingham (South West & Central) A456

J3

Kidderminster A456

Frankley Services

Services

Frankley Services

Birmingham (South) A38

Stourbridge A491

J4

Bromsgrove A38

Stourbridge A491

NEC, Airport, M42, London (M40), The North East (M1)

J4A

Birmingham (South & East), Redditch M42, London (M40)

Droitwich, Bromsgrove A38

J5

Droitwich A38

Worcester (North), Kidderminster A449

J6

Worcester (North) A449, Evesham A4538

Worcester (South), Evesham A44

J7

Worcester (South) A44

Strensham services

Services

Strensham services

South Wales, Ross-on-Wye M50

J8

South Wales, Ross-on-Wye M50

Tewkesbury A438 Evesham A46

J9

Tewkesbury A438 Evesham A46

No access

J10

Cheltenham A4019

Cheltenham, Gloucester A40

J11

Cheltenham, Gloucester, Staverton Airport A40

Gloucester, Cirencester A417

J11A

London, Cirencester A417

Gloucester Services

Services

Gloucester Services

Gloucester (A38)

J12

Gloucester (A38)

Stroud A419

J13

Stroud, Dursley A419

Michaelwood services

Services

Michaelwood services

Dursley B4509

J14

Thornbury B4509

South Wales, London M4

J15

London, South Wales M4 (M48), Bristol (M32)

Thornbury, Filton A38

J16

Thornbury, Filton A38

Bristol (West), Cribbs Causeway A4018 B4055

J17

Bristol (West), Cribbs Causeway A4018

South Wales, Cardiff, Newport M49 (M4(W))

J18A

No access

Bristol A4

Avonmouth, Docks (A403)

J18

Avonmouth, Bristol (West), Airport A4

Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock, Clifton (Toll) A369

Gordano Services

J19

Services

Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock A369

Gordano services

Nailsea, Clevedon B3133

J20

Clevedon, Nailsea B3133

Weston-super-Mare, Bristol (South) A370

J21

Weston-super-Mare A370

Sedgemoor services

Services

Sedgemoor services

Burnham-on-Sea, Bristol (South), Airport A38

Weston-S-Mare (A370)

J22

Highbridge, Burnham-on-Sea A38

Highbridge A38

Glastonbury, Wells A39

J23

Glastonbury, Wells A39

Bridgwater A38

Bridgwater, Minehead A38

Bridgwater services

J24

Services

Minehead, A38 (A39)

Bridgwater services

Taunton, Yeovil A358

J25

Honiton, Yeovil, Weymouth A358, Taunton (A38)

Taunton Deane services

Services

Taunton Deane services

Wellington, Taunton A38

J26

Wellington A38

Barnstaple, Tiverton A361, Wellington A38

J27

Barnstaple, Tiverton A361, Willand (B3181)

Cullompton B3181

Cullompton services

J28

Services

Cullompton B3181, Honiton A373

Honiton A30

Exeter International Airport

J29

Honiton A30 (East)

Exeter International Airport

Exeter A379, Exmouth A376

Sidmouth (A3052), Exeter services

J30

Services

Exeter, Dawlish A379

Sidmouth, Exmouth A376

Exeter services

Start of motorway

J31

Bodmin, Okehampton A30

Bodmin, Okehampton A30

Non-motorway traffic

Road becomes A38 to Plymouth and Torquay (A380)

Going even further than the top of the M5? Then you best check our live updates page for the M6.

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