M1 motorway (Pakistan)

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Pakistan M-1.svg

Route information
Part of AH1
Maintained by NHA
Length: 155 km (96 mi)
Existed: 1997 – present
History: Completed in 2007
Major junctions
East end: Peshawar
West end: Rawalpindi
Major cities: Charsadda, Nowshera, Swabi, Attock, Burhan, Hasan Abdal
Highway system

National Highways of Pakistan

Motorways of Pakistan

The M1 is a motorway in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is 155 km long, with 67 km in Punjab and the remaining 88 km in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It has become a vital link to Afghanistan and Central Asia and is expected to take much traffic off the highly used N5. It is part of Pakistan's Motorway Network.[1]


View of M1 motorway.

M1 begins northeast of Peshawar as it moves in an eastern direction, crossing over the Kabul River. From here it passes through Charsadda, Risalpur, Swabi and Rashakai before crossing the Indus River. It leaves Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and enters into Punjab, in which it passes through Attock, Burhan and Hasan Abdal. It ends as the continuation of the M2. The whole stretch of the M1 consists of 6 lanes with a number of rest areas along the route.

M1 has 9 interchanges at Fatehjang, Bhatar, Burhan, Rashaki, Swabi, Chachh (under construction), Charsadda, Northern Bypass and Ring road on N-5. There are 3 major bridges on Haro, Indus and Kabul rivers, 18 flyovers, 27 other bridges, 137 underpasses and 571 culverts. 10 services areas— five on the each side of the motorway— would be provided out of which, four mini service areas at km-4 and km-106 have been completed. Six main service areas at Haro bridge, Indus River and Kabul River will start functioning after some time as they are still under constructions


The M1 was conceived by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his first term and inaugurated in 2004 by President Pervez Musharraf. On 30 October 2007, the remaining portion was inaugurated by President Musharraf and opened to the public the following day.

Junctions and interchanges[edit]

M1 Motorway
Northbound exits Junction Southbound exits
Airport Link Road (West) 1 To Islamabad Link Road (East)
To Hasan Abdal and N5 2 To Burhan, Attock and N5
To Swabi and Topi 3
To Rashakai and Mardan 4 To Nowshera
5 To Charsadda and Takht-e-Bhai and N5
6 To Peshawar, Torkham and N5

*Note: Airport Link Road is currently under proposal

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