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

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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.

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)




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




West Bromwich, Birmingham (North West) A41


Dudley, Wolverhampton,

Birmingham (West) A4123




Dudley, Wolverhampton, Birmingham (West) A4123


Birmingham (South West & Central) A456




Kidderminster A456


Frankley Services




Frankley Services


Birmingham (South) A38

Stourbridge A491




Bromsgrove A38

Stourbridge A491


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




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


Droitwich, Bromsgrove A38




Droitwich A38


Worcester (North), Kidderminster A449




Worcester (North) A449, Evesham A4538


Worcester (South), Evesham A44




Worcester (South) A44


Strensham services




Strensham services


South Wales, Ross-on-Wye M50




South Wales, Ross-on-Wye M50


Tewkesbury A438 Evesham A46




Tewkesbury A438 Evesham A46


No access




Cheltenham A4019


Cheltenham, Gloucester A40




Cheltenham, Gloucester, Staverton Airport A40


Gloucester, Cirencester A417




London, Cirencester A417


Gloucester Services




Gloucester Services


Gloucester (A38)




Gloucester (A38)


Stroud A419




Stroud, Dursley A419


Michaelwood services




Michaelwood services


Dursley B4509




Thornbury B4509


South Wales, London M4




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


Thornbury, Filton A38




Thornbury, Filton A38


Bristol (West), Cribbs Causeway A4018 B4055




Bristol (West), Cribbs Causeway A4018


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




No access


Bristol A4

Avonmouth, Docks (A403)




Avonmouth, Bristol (West), Airport A4


Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock, Clifton (Toll) A369

Gordano Services





Portishead, Royal Portbury Dock A369

Gordano services


Nailsea, Clevedon B3133




Clevedon, Nailsea B3133


Weston-super-Mare, Bristol (South) A370




Weston-super-Mare A370


Sedgemoor services




Sedgemoor services


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

Weston-S-Mare (A370)




Highbridge, Burnham-on-Sea A38


Highbridge A38

Glastonbury, Wells A39




Glastonbury, Wells A39

Bridgwater A38


Bridgwater, Minehead A38

Bridgwater services





Minehead, A38 (A39)

Bridgwater services


Taunton, Yeovil A358




Honiton, Yeovil, Weymouth A358, Taunton (A38)


Taunton Deane services




Taunton Deane services


Wellington, Taunton A38




Wellington A38


Barnstaple, Tiverton A361, Wellington A38




Barnstaple, Tiverton A361, Willand (B3181)


Cullompton B3181

Cullompton services





Cullompton B3181, Honiton A373


Honiton A30

Exeter International Airport




Honiton A30 (East)

Exeter International Airport


Exeter A379, Exmouth A376

Sidmouth (A3052), Exeter services





Exeter, Dawlish A379

Sidmouth, Exmouth A376

Exeter services


Start of motorway




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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