M4 motorway

The M4, a motorway in the United Kingdom running from west London to southwest Wales, was originally referred to as the London-South Wales Motorway. The English section to the Severn Bridge was constructed between 1961 and 1971; the Welsh element was completed in 1993. The Second Severn Crossing officially renamed the Prince of Wales Bridge, was inaugurated on 5 June 1996 by the Prince of Wales and the M4 was rerouted. Apart from its two spurs—the A48(M) and the M48—the M4 is the only motorway in Wales.

The line of the motorway from London to Bristol runs closely in parallel with the A4. After crossing the River Severn, toll-free since 17 December 2018, the motorway follows the A48, to terminate at the Pont Abraham services in Carmarthenshire.

The major towns and cities along the route—a distance of approximately 189 miles (304 km)—include Slough, Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea.


M4 motorway (Great Britain) map
New Severn Bridge - panoramio
Route information
Part of E30
Maintained by
Highways England
South Wales Trunk Road Agent
Length189 mi (304 km)
HistoryOpened: 1959 (Chiswick Flyover), 1961 (as A4(M)), 1963, 1966 (as A48(M))
Completed: 1996
Major junctions
East endChiswick
51°29′23″N 0°16′41″W / 51.4897°N 0.2781°W
Junction 4b.svg

J4b → M25 motorway
Junction 8-9.svg
UK-Motorway-A308 (M)
UK-Motorway-A404 (M)

J8/9 → A308(M) motorway/A404(M) motorway
Junction 10.svg
UK-Motorway-A329 (M)

J10 → A329(M) motorway
Junction 19.svg

J19 → M32 motorway
Junction 20.svg UK-Motorway-M5.svg
J20 → M5 motorway
Junction 21.svg

J21 → M48 motorway
Junction 22.svg

J22 → M49 motorway
Junction 23.svg

J23 → M48 motorway
Junction 29.svg
UK-Motorway-A48 (M)

J29 → A48(M) motorway
ToPont Abraham
51°44′42″N 4°03′54″W / 51.7451°N 4.0651°W
CountiesGreater London, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire

London Heathrow Airport
Port Talbot
Road network


A new road from London to South Wales was first proposed in the 1930s. In 1956, the Ministry of Transport announced plans for the first major post-war road improvement projects.[1]

The Chiswick flyover, a short section of elevated dual-carriageway, not originally classed as a motorway, opened in 1959 to reduce the impact of traffic travelling between central London and the west.[2][3]

M4 River Neath Crossing
M4 bridge over the River Neath (left)
original (A48(M)) bridge (right)

The Maidenhead bypass opened in 1961 whilst J1-J5 opened in 1965. The stretch from J18 to the west of Newport was opened in 1966, including the Severn Bridge. The Port Talbot by-pass, also built in the 1960s and now part of the M4, was originally the A48(M) motorway, a number now allocated to a short section of motorway near Cardiff. The Ministry of Transport originally intended that the M4 would terminate at Tredegar Park west of Newport, and following the creation of the Welsh Office that the Government became committed to a high-standard dual carriageway to Carmarthenshire.[4]

The English section of the motorway was completed on 22 December 1971 when the 50-mile (80 km) stretch between junctions 9 and 15 (Maidenhead and Swindon) was opened to traffic.[5] The Welsh section was completed in 1993, when the Briton Ferry motorway bridge opened.

In 1996, the Second Severn Crossing opened with new link motorways on either side of the estuary to divert the M4 over the new crossing. At the same time, the original route over the Severn Bridge was redesignated the M48 and the M49 was opened to link the new crossing with the M5 at Avonmouth.[6]

After completion

In April 2005, speed checks carried out by police camera vans between junction 14 and junction 18 led to a public protest, involving a "go-slow" of several hundred vehicles along the affected sections of the motorway.[7]

Between 2007 and January 2010, the section from Castleton (junction 29) to Coryton (junction 32) was widened to six lanes.[8] The scheme was formally opened on 25 January 2010 by Ieuan Wyn Jones the Deputy First Minister for Wales.

During 2009, the Newport section of the motorway between junctions 23a and 29 was upgraded with a new concrete central barrier. In February 2010 it was proposed that the M4 in South Wales would become the first hydrogen highway with hydrogen stations provided along the route, with an aspiration for further stations to be provided along the M4 into South West England over time.[9][10]

Between 2008 and 2010, junction 11 was extensively remodelled with a new four-lane junction, two new road bridges and other works.[11] The £65m scheme included work on the Mereoak roundabout and part of the A33 Swallowfield Bypass near Shinfield, and also the conversion of the two existing bridges, one of which is available only to pedestrians and cyclists and the other to buses.[12] It also involved the movement of the local Highways Agency and Fire Service offices, and the construction of a long footbridge network, a new bus-lane and a new gyratory. Sound barriers for nearby residential areas were also installed.[13] In April 2008, the decision to preserve a rare Vickers machine gun pillbox and turn it into a bat roost was announced by the developers.[14]

The M4 crosses the River Severn on the Second Severn Crossing,[15] toll free from 17 December 2018.[16]

Timeline of construction


Year opened 1961 1963 1965 1966 1967 1971 1972 1977 1980 1994
Section(s) J7–9 J5–7 J1–5 J18–23
J22–28 J9–18 J44–46 J28–29
M4 motorway map animated
Animated map showing build progress at five-years (or greater) intervals.
Note: When the Second Severn Crossing was opened in 1996, the M4 was re-routed and the section of motorway between Junctions 21 to 23 became the M48.[23]


Maintenance of the Second Severn Crossing and the 123 miles (198 km) of motorway in England is the responsibility of Highways England.[24] The 76 miles (122 km) in Wales is the responsibility of the Welsh Government.[25]


Speed limits

For the majority of its length, the national speed limit applies. Exceptions include the following:

  • 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) on the Chiswick Flyover within London in both directions.
  • 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) between junction 4 and the Chiswick Flyover eastbound only.
  • 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) when approaching the toll plaza after the Severn Crossing.[26]
  • 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) on the Port Talbot elevated section between junction 40 and junction 41. The fixed speed camera was removed in 2006 as it was believed to be causing tailbacks. In July 2014, an average speed camera system was installed; it generates around £500,000 in fines each six months.[27][28]

Smart motorway

Newport M4 junction 27
Construction of electronic indicator signs for the variable speed limit scheme at junction 27 and a new concrete reservation (2010)

The M4 has two sections of smart motorway. The one between junctions 19 (M32) and 20 (M5) north of Bristol has variable speed limits and a part-time hard-shoulder. Completion was in summer 2014. The section between junctions 24 and 29 in Newport has variable speed limits.[29]

In 2010 it was announced that a smart motorway would be constructed between junctions 3 and 12, with work starting in Autumn 2018. With a length of 32 miles (51 km), this will be the longest smart motorway scheme in the United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed in March 2022 at a cost of £848 million.[30][31]

Brynglas tunnels

M4 Motorway - Brynglas tunnels, western portals 2079471 3c135e6c
Brynglas Tunnels
The western portals

The Brynglas Tunnels carry the M4 under Brynglas Hill in Newport, Wales. The 404 yards-long tunnels are the first and only twin–bored tunnels in the UK motorway network.

In July 2011, a lorry fire in one tunnel closed the motorway. Although there were no injuries and no deaths, the tunnel remained closed and a contraflow system was in place in the remaining tunnel for about one month, causing major travel delays.[32][33][34]

Bus lane

M4 bus lane 1017020
M4 bus lane near Norwood Green

In June 1999, the M4 bus lane was created on the third lane between junctions 2 and 3—initially, a pilot scheme—permanently in 2001. A lower speed limit was introduced along the section at the same time.[35] The 3 12-mile (5.6 km) bus lane was on the eastbound carriageway; from the western end of the Chiswick Flyover near Brentford to junction 3 (A312) covering part of the 15-mile (24 km) journey between Heathrow Airport and central London. The lane which had no intermediate exits was for use by buses, coaches, motorcycles, emergency vehicles and licensed taxis but not mini-cabs.[36]

The bus lane was used by 7% of vehicles which carried 21% of the people. At the end of 2010, the M4 was restored to normal motorway use for 18 months.[37][38] The bus lane was maintained temporarily just for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[39]

Porous road surface

Near Junction 35 of the M4, there is a stretch of the motorway that has a surfacing of porous asphalt that improves drainage and reduces noise. When driving in heavy rain drivers notice a reduction in road spray from other vehicles and improved visibility. This special surface was publicised in an episode of the BBC's Tomorrow's World programme. This was the site of the first trial of the new road surface when it was laid down in 1993.[40]

Elevated and heated section

The elevated section of the M4 in West London, built in the 1960s, is mostly directly above the A4 and extends over parts of Brentford's Golden Mile. This section was designed to have a heated road surface to reduce icing in winter.[41][42]

Four level stack interchanges

M4 M25 junction
M4 junction with the M25 near Heathrow Airport

The M4 has two of the three four-level stack interchanges in the UK, including the first UK example at junction 20, the "Almondsbury Interchange" with the M5. The other is junction 4b with the M25. Junction 4b has to make provision for the railway line passing beneath the M4. Due to the nature of these junctions, one cannot make a U-turn at either of them.

Notable junctions

Junction 8/9 near Maidenhead, Berkshire, and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire is the only one in the UK with dual numbers. This arose at the time when the M4 turned north near junction 8, where it met the A308, and headed for the original junction 9, where the motorway ended at a roundabout interchange with the A4. When the westward extension was opened, junction 8 was closed and a new junction built a little to the west, taking both numbers. The road to the A4 became A423(M) and later A404(M), and the junction with the A4 became 9B. Junction 9A is the exit for Cox Green and White Waltham. To the west of junction 13 on the eastbound carriageway there are a set of sliproads signposted "Works Unit Only". The signs have red borders, implying a military exit. It is a back entrance to RAF Welford, a Second World War airfield and now an RAF/USAF military installation mainly used for storing munitions. The M4 entrance allows easier access for the large vehicles used to carry the munitions.[43]

Plans for the "missing" Junction 31, also known as the Thornhill interchange, for which planning permission was originally granted in September 1991 (but subsequently expired), were rekindled after proposals for a new business park on a 125 acres (51 ha) site north of the M4 were submitted in 2007 to Cardiff Council.[44] The developers of the business park, St Modwen Developments, would likely fund the new junction, which would be on the A469.[45] A freedom of information request in 2010 to Cardiff Council shows that whilst the land that would enable this junction should continue to be strategically protected, the decision to formally abandon the proposed Junction 31 Thornhill was made in October 2007 and there had been no subsequent mention of it in Cardiff Council Strategic or Planning meetings since.[46] In South Wales, the M4 has to thread its way through mountainous terrain and built-up areas, so there are some unusual junction layouts. Junction 27 (High Cross) is a normal grade-separated roundabout junction, but has severe space constraints: traffic joining the motorway must initially travel in the opposite direction to the intended direction of travel, before making a sharp left-hand turn from the slip road onto the motorway. At the time of construction, junction numbers 30 and 31 were reserved for future intermediate interchanges. Junction 30 (Cardiff Gate) has since been added, but there are no current plans to construct Junction 31 (A469 road). Junction 39 can only be used to access the motorway from a single slip road onto the westbound carriageway from the A48 at junction 38. There is no exit from the motorway at this junction.[47]

Junction 41 comprises two different junctions; one for local traffic to and from the west and one from the east. The former leads to and from a spur leading to the roundabout in Briton Ferry, formerly known as junction 41a, and the original bridge over the River Neath, which would allow access onto the stretch of the M4 from junction 43 westward. The second, eastern junction leads to and from the A48 towards Port Talbot. As a result, one can travel for almost 2 miles (3.2 km) on the motorway in either direction, both joining and then leaving the motorway at junction 41. Junction 44 is unusual in that the eastbound entrance dives under the inside of the junction, effectively a creating a "right-turn" on a roundabout. Similarly, slip roads pass under or over the main motorway at junctions 41 and 42.[48]

There have been calls to close the slip roads at junctions 40 and 41 to improve traffic flow. The motorway has only two lanes on this stretch and is a major traffic congestion blackspot. The short slip roads have not been modernised.[49] A small-scale trial of closing the westbound on-slip of junction 41 between 7 am and 9 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays started on 4 August 2014[50][51] but following heavy criticism from local businesses and residents,[52] was stopped on 29 May 2015.[53][54]

Just before junction 44, there is an abandoned dual carriageway just to the left side of the motorway which used to have two service stations, now demolished.[55]

Relief road

On 5 June 2019, the Welsh Government scrapped the proposal for a proposed motorway south of Newport.[56] The Welsh Assembly Government had revived the scheme as a tolled bypass in 2007 and later abandoned it for financial reasons.[57] An extension to the Newport Southern Distributor Road through the old Corus steel works was considered. This road is already a dual carriageway but not open to the public. A public consultation exercise on options for improving the capacity of the M4 corridor around Newport opened on 5 March 2012. Its website states that:[58] "the motorway around Newport does not conform to today’s motorway standards. It lacks continuous hard shoulders, has closely spaced junctions with sub-standard slip road visibility and narrows to a restricted two lane section through the Brynglas Tunnels. Heavy congestion occurs along this stretch and either side of it at peak hours."[59]

List of junctions

M4 motorway
mile km Eastbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Westbound exits (A carriageway)
7.3 11.8 Road continues as A4 to Central London J1
[coord 1]
Start of motorway
North Circular A406
South Circular A205
Chiswick A315
J2 Staines, Hounslow, Brentford A4
Heston services Services Heston services
Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 4, 5 & Cargo), Hayes, Harrow, Hounslow A312 J3 Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 4, 5 & Cargo), Hayes, Harrow, Hounslow A312
Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 1, 2 & 3) (A4)
Uxbridge A408
J4a Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 1, 2 & 3) (A4)
Uxbridge A408
Heathrow (Terminals 4, 5 & Cargo) 20 airtransportation.svg, Gatwick Airport 20 airtransportation.svg, Watford (M3), (M23), (M40), (M1) M25 J4b
[coord 2]
Heathrow (Terminals 4, 5&Cargo), Gatwick, Watford (M3), (M23), (M40), (M1), M25
Colnbrook, Langley, Slough (East) A4
Eton, Datchet B470
J5 Colnbrook, Langley, Slough (East) A4, Datchet B470
Slough (Central) A355
Windsor A322
J6 Slough (Central) A355
Windsor A322
Slough (West) A4 J7 Slough (West) A4
High Wycombe, Henley A404(M)
Maidenhead A308(M)
J8/9 High Wycombe, Henley A404(M)
Maidenhead A308(M)
Reading (East), Wokingham, Bracknell A329(M) J10 Reading (East), Wokingham, Bracknell A329(M)
Basingstoke, Reading (Central & South) A33 J11 Basingstoke, Reading (Central & South) A33
Reading services Services Reading services
Reading (West), Theale A4 J12 Reading (West), Theale A4
Newbury, Oxford A34
Chieveley services (Moto)
[coord 3]
Newbury, Oxford A34
Chieveley services (Moto)
Hungerford, Wantage A338 J14 Hungerford, Wantage A338
68.7 110.5 Membury services Services Membury services
Swindon (East) A419
Marlborough A346
Oxford (A420)
J15 Swindon A419, Marlborough A346
Swindon (West), Royal Wootton Bassett, Wroughton, MoD Lyneham, Calne A3102 J16 Swindon (West), Royal Wootton Bassett, Wroughton, MoD Lyneham, Calne A3102
Chippenham A350
Cirencester A429
J17 Chippenham A350
Cirencester A429
96.7 155.7 Leigh Delamere services Services Leigh Delamere services
Bath, Stroud A46 J18 Bath, Stroud A46
Bristol M32 J19 Bristol M32
The SOUTH WEST, Bristol (West), The MIDLANDS, Gloucester M5 J20
Almondsbury Interchange
[coord 4]
The SOUTH WEST, Bristol (West) M5(S)
The MIDLANDS, Gloucester M5(N)
No access J21 Chepstow M48
Avonmouth M49 J22 Avonmouth M49
Entry into England Second Severn Crossing
[coord 5]
Entry into Wales
127.0 204.4 No toll plaza Bridge Toll Former Toll plaza (closed Dec 2018)
129.2 208.0 Chepstow M48 J23 No access
Magor, Caldicot A4810
Magor services
Magor, Caldicot A4810
Magor services
City centre A48
Newport (East) B4237
Monmouth A449
J24 City centre A48
Newport (East) B4237
Monmouth A449
137.9 222.0 No access J25 Caerleon B4596
138.3 222.6 No access J25A Newport, Cwmbran A4042
Brynglas Tunnels Tunnel Brynglas Tunnels
Newport, Cwmbran, Caerleon A4051 J26 Newport A4051
High Cross B4591 J27 High Cross B4591
Newport A48
Risca, Brynmawr A467
J28 Newport A48
Risca, Brynmawr A467
143.6 231.1 No access J29 Cardiff (East and South) A48(M)
Cardiff (East) A4232
Cardiff Gate services
Cardiff (East) A4232
Cardiff Gate services
Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff A470 J32 Cardiff (North), Merthyr Tydfil A470
Cardiff (West), Barry, Penarth A4232
Cardiff Airport 20 airtransportation.svg
Cardiff West services
Cardiff (West), Barry, Penarth A4232
Cardiff Airport 20 airtransportation.svg
Cardiff West services
Llantrisant, Rhondda A4119
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
J34 Llantrisant, Rhondda A4119
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
Pen-coed A473 J35 Bridgend, Pen-coed A473
Bridgend A4061
Maesteg A4063
Princess of Wales Hospital
Sarn Park services
Bridgend A4061
Maesteg A4063
Princess of Wales Hospital
Sarn Park services
Pyle, Porthcawl A4229 J37 Porthcawl, Pyle A4229
Port Talbot A48 J38 Port Talbot A48
178.3 286.9 No access (on-ramp only) J39 No access
Port Talbot A4107 J40 Port Talbot A4107
Port Talbot A48 J41 Briton Ferry A48
Briton Ferry A48
Swansea (South) A483
J42 Swansea (South) A483
Neath, Merthyr Tydfil A465 J43 Neath, Merthyr Tydfil A465
Swansea (East) A48 J44 Swansea (East) A48
Pontardawe, Swansea (North) A4067 J45 Pontardawe, Swansea (North) A4067
Llangyfelach B4489
Morriston Hospital
J46 Llangyfelach B4489
Morriston Hospital
Swansea (West) A483
Gorseinon A48
Swansea services
Swansea (West) A483
Gorseinon A48
Swansea services
Pontarddulais, Llanelli A4138 J48 Pontarddulais, Llanelli A4138
199.2 320.6 Start of motorway J49
[coord 6]
Motorway terminates at a roundabout:
Carmarthen A48
Ammanford, Llandeilo A483
Pontarddulais A48
Pont Abraham services
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Coordinate list
  1. ^ 51°29′22″N 0°16′40″W / 51.48944°N 0.27778°W Eastern end of M4
  2. ^ 51°29′41″N 0°29′44″W / 51.49472°N 0.49556°W Intersection of M25 and M4
  3. ^ 51°27′14″N 1°18′52″W / 51.45389°N 1.31444°W Intersection of M4 and A34(E05)
  4. ^ 51°33′01″N 2°33′11″W / 51.55028°N 2.55306°W Almondsbury Interchange – Intersection of M4 and M5
  5. ^ 51°34′21″N 2°41′31″W / 51.57250°N 2.69194°W Second Severn Crossing
  6. ^ 51°44′42″N 4°03′54″W / 51.74500°N 4.06500°W Western end of M4

Data[60][61][62][63] from driver location signs and location marker posts are used to provide distance and carriageway identification information. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown.


Although not signed, European route E30 includes most of the M4.

Incidents and accidents

  • In June 1984 a crash near Maidenhead resulted in 13 deaths.[64]
  • In March 1991 ten people died in a series of crashes in 1991 involving 51 vehicles near Hungerford.[64]
  • In May 1995 a coach carrying Royal British Legion members left the road close to the Severn Bridge, resulting in 10 deaths.[64]
  • In April 1998, drummer Cozy Powell died following a car accident on the M4 near Bristol.
  • In July 2002, Gus Dudgeon, a music producer known for his work with Elton John, and his wife died when the car he was driving veered off the M4 between Reading and Maidenhead. The inquest recorded a verdict of accidental death.[65]

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Further reading

  • Jackson, Mike (2005). The M4 Sights Guide. Severnpix. ISBN 978-0954540227.

External links

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1991 M4 motorway crash

On 13 March 1991, a multiple-vehicle collision occurred during foggy conditions on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 motorway near Hungerford, Berkshire, between the Membury service station and junction 14.

Ten people were killed in the pile-up, which involved 51 vehicles, making it one of the deadliest crashes in the history of Britain's motorway network.

Almondsbury Interchange

The Almondsbury Interchange in South Gloucestershire, is one of the United Kingdom's largest motorway stack interchanges. The interchange is one of only three four-level stacks in the UK, spanning a range (including slip roads) of 1 km by 1 km. It is the interchange for the M5 at junction 15 and M4 at junction 20, and is situated at the northern fringes of Bristol close to the village of Almondsbury, the Aztec West industrial estate, and Bradley Stoke. When it opened in 1966, it was the most complex junction on the British motorway network, a free-flowing interchange on four levels. Since then traffic volumes have increased and at busy periods, the Interchange becomes more difficult to negotiate safely. A managed motorway project has been introduced in an effort to relieve congestion.

Cardiff Gate services

Cardiff Gate services is the motorway service station on the junction of the M4 motorway (junction 30) and the A4232, located on the 100-acre (0.40 km2) Cardiff Gate International Business Park, adjacent to Pontprennau, north east of Cardiff, Wales. Originally leased by Granada Ltd., it is now owned by Welcome Break.

Cardiff West services

Cardiff West services is a motorway service station on junction 33 of the M4 motorway and the Capel Llanilltern junction of the A4232 near Cardiff, Wales. It is owned by Moto. In 2008, the services won the AA Patrol Approved Awards for best toilet.The services has previously acted as a site for escorting fans to Cardiff City FC games, because of travelling restrictions imposed on away fans visiting the city. These restrictions were relaxed in 2010, but the services continued to act as a sales point for match vouchers. Subsequently, the services has become well known to Cardiff City fans, particularly after a prominent appearance in the situation comedy Gavin & Stacey.In 2004, the services was the site of several protests over the rise in fuel duty. In May, 50 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) entered the services' car park as the ending point of a "go slow" demonstration along the M4. In June, the site was chosen as a meeting place for another protest. 150 HGVs made a journey from the services to the centre of Cardiff.In 2010, rugby player Andy Powell was arrested at the services for allegedly driving a stolen golf buggy while intoxicated.

Chieveley services

Chieveley services is a UK motorway service station just off the M4 motorway at Chieveley near Newbury in Berkshire, England. It is owned by Moto. It is situated on the A34 between Oxford and Winchester just off Junction 13 of the M4 (so that there is just one service area and not twin services on each side of the motorway). Thus it is used by traffic on both roads.

Heston services

Heston services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway in the London Borough of Hounslow, built on land that once formed part of the now defunct Heston Aerodrome.

Leigh Delamere services

Leigh Delamere services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway situated one mile west of Junction 17, between Bristol and Swindon (close to Chippenham and Malmesbury). It takes its name from the adjoining village of Leigh Delamere. It is one of Europe's largest service stations.

The service area is owned by Moto Hospitality.

M4 Western Motorway

The M4 Western Motorway (also known as the M4 Motorway or simply M4) is a 51.5-kilometre-long (32.0 mi) dual carriageway motorway in western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The partially-tolled motorway stretches from Haberfield in the east, to Glenbrook in west, where it continues as the Great Western Highway as the A32.

The M4 Western Motorway was formerly known as F4 Western Freeway. It used to be part of the Sydney Metroad 4 until 2013, when the new M4 route designation was proclaimed along the whole motorway.A toll was reinstated in August 2017, one month after the completion of first stage of the WestConnex (M4 Widening) and charges on a distance-based toll. The toll is in place between Parramatta and Homebush Bay Drive.The second stage of WestConnex, an eastern extension of the M4 to Haberfield (known as M4 East), was completed and opened to traffic on 13 July 2019.

M4 corridor

The M4 corridor is an area in the United Kingdom adjacent to the M4 motorway, which runs from London to South Wales. It is a major high-technology hub. Important cities and towns linked by the M4 include (from east to west) London, Slough, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Reading, Newbury, Swindon, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, and Swansea. The area is also served by the Great Western Main Line, including the South Wales Main Line, and London Heathrow Airport. Technology companies with major operations located in the area include Adobe, Amazon, Citrix Systems, Dell, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Lexmark, LG, Microsoft, Novell, Nvidia, O2, Panasonic, SAP, and Symantec.

M4 highway (Russia)

The Federal Automobile Road M-4 "Don" is a major expressway, trunk road that links Moscow, Voronezh, Rostov-na-Donu and Krasnodar. Its length is 1517 kilometres.

The route starts at the Moscow Ring Road (as Kashira Highway) and runs south, passing west of Vidnoye, east of Domodedovo, west of Kashira and Stupino, where the Caspian Highway branches off to the east. The Don Highway continues across Tula Oblast west of Venev, through Bogoroditsk and Yefremov, then across Lipetsk Oblast, passing through Yelets and Zadonsk, and then across Voronezh Oblast, bypassing Voronezh and Boguchar. After crossing the Don River near Rostov, the road continues further south to Krasnodar and finishes at Novorossiysk.

The Don Road, extensively upgraded and widened in the 2000s–2010s into an expressway, is an artery connecting Moscow with Southern Russia. In the summer months, the road suffers from heavy traffic congestion caused by summer vacationers travelling to the Black Sea resorts like Sochi and by lorries transporting fruit from the southern provinces to the heavily populated areas of Central and Northern Russia.

M-4 currently is the only Russian nationwide expressway. The road is partially tolled.

The Moscow-Krasnodar section is part of European route E115. The Moscow-Kashira section is part of AH8, the section in Rostov-on-Don is part of European route E50, the Dzhubga-Novossiysk section is part of European route E97 and the Krasnodar-Dzhubga section is part of European route E592.

M4 motorway (Hungary)

The M4 motorway is a Hungarian motorway, which will, upon completion, connect Budapest to Oradea and further Romanian cities. The route will travel in Hungary through Cegléd – Szolnok – Karcag – Püspökladány – Berettyóújfalu – Nagykereki before reaching the Romanian border.

M4 motorway (Pakistan)

The M4 (Urdu: موٹروے 4‎) is a north-south motorway in Pakistan. The 286 km motorway connects M2 to M3 & M5.

Magor services

Magor services (in Welsh: Gwasanaethau Magwyr) is a motorway service station on the M4, located just off junction 23A, at Magor near Newport, in Monmouthshire, South Wales.

Membury services

Membury services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway, located on the original site of the RAF Membury in the civil parish of Lambourn in the English county of Berkshire, not far from Swindon and Hungerford. It is owned by Welcome Break and is situated adjacent to the Membury Radio Mast. Membury is one of five services which have a Starbucks drive-thru, the others are Fleet (Northbound only) M3, Warwick (Southbound only) M40, Hartshead Moor (Eastbound only) M62 and Gordano M5.

The service station is one of fourteen for which large murals were commissioned from artist David Fisher in the 1990s, designed to reflect the local area and history.The Iron Age hillfort, Membury Camp, lies to the immediate southwest of the old airfield and the services.

N4 road (Ireland)

The N4 road is a national primary road in Ireland, running from Dublin to the northwest of Ireland and Sligo town. The M6 to Galway diverges from this route after Kinnegad, while the N5 to Westport diverges at Longford town. The section of the N4 that is motorway-standard is designated the M4 motorway.

R406 road (Ireland)

The R406 road is a regional road in Ireland, linking the Straffan to Maynooth in County Kildare.

It leaves the R403 near Straffan and heads north crossing the M4 motorway south of Maynooth. The road connects the K Club golf course which staged the 2006 Ryder Cup to the west and north of Dublin.

The road is 6 km (3.7 mi) long.

Reading services

Reading services comprises a pair of adjacent motorway service areas on the M4 motorway to the south of the town of Reading in the English county of Berkshire. The two areas are on opposite sides of the motorway, with Reading West services serving westbound traffic and Reading East services serving eastbound traffic.

Reading services are operated by Moto. Co-located with each of the two service areas is a Travelodge budget hotel.

The services are within the civil parish of Burghfield. There is no direct vehicular or pedestrian link between the two service areas, whilst each area has its own access to the local road network that is gated and restricted to authorised vehicles.

Sarn Park services

Sarn Park services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway in Wales. It is owned by Welcome Break. The service station is close to Bridgend Designer Outlet that is on the other side of the motorway.

The service station has a Burger King restaurant and a Starbucks (formerly Coffee Primo) coffeehouse and a WH Smiths shop, as well as a Days Inn hotel.

Swansea services

Swansea services is a motorway service station on the M4 motorway at Junction 47 near Penllergaer, Swansea, Wales. It is owned by Moto.

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