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M4 motorway shield

M4 motorway
Route information
Part of Tabliczka E30.svg E30
Length: 191.9 mi (308.8 km)
Existed: 1961 – present
History: Constructed 1961–96
Major junctions
From: Chiswick
51°29′23″N 0°16′41″W / 51.4897°N 0.2781°W / 51.4897; -0.2781 (M4 motorway (eastern end))
  Junction 4b.svg UK-Motorway-M25.svg
M25 motorway
Junction 8-9.svg UK-Motorway-A308 (M).svg
A308(M) motorway
Junction 8-9.svg UK-Motorway-A404 (M).svg
A404(M) motorway
Junction 10.svg UK-Motorway-A329 (M).svg
A329(M) motorway
Junction 19.svg UK-Motorway-M32.svg
M32 motorway
Junction 20.svg UK-Motorway-M5.svg
M5 motorway
Junction 21.svg UK-Motorway-M48.svg
M48 motorway
Junction 22.svg UK-Motorway-M49.svg
M49 motorway
Junction 23.svg UK-Motorway-M48.svg
M48 motorway
Junction 29.svg UK-Motorway-A48 (M).svg
A48(M) motorway
To: Pont Abraham services
51°44′42″N 4°03′54″W / 51.7451°N 4.0651°W / 51.7451; -4.0651 (M4 motorway (western end))
Location
Primary
destinations
:
London
Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg
Slough
Maidenhead
Reading
Bracknell
Wokingham
Newbury
Swindon
Chippenham
Bristol
Newport
Cardiff
Bridgend
Port Talbot
Neath
Swansea
Llanelli
Road network

The M4 is a motorway which runs between London and South Wales in the United Kingdom. Major towns and cities along the route include Reading, Swindon, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff and Swansea. Originally referred to as the London-South Wales Motorway, the English section, including a suspension bridge over the River Severn, was constructed between 1965 and 1971; the Welsh element was completed in 1993. A new Severn bridge, known as the Second Severn Crossing, was opened in 1996 with the M4 rerouted to use it.

The M4 runs close to the A4 from London to Bristol. After crossing the River Severn it follows the A48 through South Wales, using the Brynglas Tunnels at Junction 25a, Newport and terminates just north of Pontarddulais. The area of land along the M4, with its towns and cities, is known as the M4 corridor. European route E30 includes the M4, although the M4 is not signed as such in England or Wales.

History[edit]

A new road from London to South Wales was first proposed in the 1930s, and the Ministry of Transport announced plans for the M4 as one of the first major post-war trunk road improvement projects in 1956.[1]

The Chiswick flyover, a short section of elevated dual-carriageway built to reduce the impact of traffic travelling between central London and the west, opened in 1959;[2] it was not originally classed as a motorway.[3] 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 (now part of the M48). 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 it was only following the creation of the Welsh Office that the Government became committed to a high-standard dual carriageway to Pont Abraham in 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. The Second Severn Crossing opened in 1996, together with new link motorways on either side of the estuary to divert the M4 over the new crossing. The existing route over the Severn Bridge was redesignated the M48, and the new M49 was opened to connect the new crossing to the M5.[6]

In June 1999 the section of the third lane (the lane nearest the central reservation) between Junctions 2 and 3 was converted to a bus lane and opened as a pilot scheme. The scheme was made permanent in 2001. A lower speed limit was introduced along the bus lane section at the same time.[7] The bus lane was scrapped at the end of 2010 and the third lane was returned to all-traffic use.[8]

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.[9]

Between 2007 and January 2010 the section from Castleton (Junction 29) to Coryton (Junction 32) was widened to six lanes.[10] The scheme was formally opened in 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.[11] A similar claim was made for a 30-mile (48 km) section of road in Scotland close to Aberdeen in September 2009 with refuelling points at Bridge of Don, Ellon and Peterhead.[12]

The original (A48(M)) bridge over River Neath, is to the right, the new M4 bridge is to the left

In October 2010 the new Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, announced that the bus lane in the London section would be suspended for 18 months from 24 December 2010 but brought back for the 2012 Summer Olympics, after which it was likely to be scrapped permanently.[13]

Between 2008 and 2010, Junction 11, near Reading, was extensively remodelled with a new four-lane motorway junction, two new road bridges and other works.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

The table below shows the timeline for the construction of the motorway on a section by section basis.[18][19][20][21][22][23]

Year opened 1961 1963 1965 1966 1967 1971 1972 1977 1980 1994
Section(s) J7–9 J5–7 J1–5 J18–23
J39–41
J22–28 J9–18 J44–46 J28–29
J32–35
J37–39
J46–49
J29–32
J35–37
J41–44
An animated map showing build progress at five-year (or greater) intervals.
Note: When the Second Severn Crossing was opened in 1996 the M4 was re-routed to cross the new bridge; the previous section of motorway between Junctions 21 to 23 was renamed the M48.[24]

Features[edit]

Toll bridge[edit]

The westbound carriageway tolls (left) and the three-lane eastbound carriageway

The M4 crosses the River Severn via a toll bridge, the second of only two on the UK motorway network – the first was the original Severn Bridge, now part of the M48. Tolls are charged in one direction only: westbound. Drivers therefore have to pay to enter Wales, but not to enter England.

Speed limits[edit]

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 leaving the Severn Crossing, to protect plaza staff moving between the toll booths.[25]
  • 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 cause tailbacks; an average speed camera system was being installed in July 2014.[26]

M4 bus lane[edit]

M4 bus lane near Norwood Green, Ealing
Main article: M4 bus lane

Between 1999 and 2010 there was a controversial 3.5-mile (5.6 km) bus lane on the eastbound (London-bound) carriageway from Junction 3 (A312) to the western end of the Chiswick Flyover near Brentford, 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.[27] It was used by 7% of vehicles which carried 21% of the people.[7]

The lane was restored for normal motorway running at the end of 2010 for 18 months[8] using an Experimental Traffic Order[28] and was re-established for the duration of the 2012 Summer Olympics with the intention that it would then be removed permanently.[8]

Porous road surface[edit]

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.[29]

Elevated and heated section[edit]

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, however, due to the high costs in preventing icing by this method the heating is no longer used.[citation needed]

Four level stack interchanges[edit]

M4 Junction 4b / M25 Junction 15 near Heathrow Airport

The M4 has two of only three four-level stack interchanges in the UK, including the first UK example at the junction with the M5 (Junction 20/"Almondsbury Interchange") and the other at the junction with the M25 (J4b). Junction 4b also has to make provision for a railway line passing beneath the M4. Due to the nature of such junctions, it is impossible to make a u-turn at Junction 20 or Junction 4b.

Tunnels[edit]

The M4 passes through the Brynglas Tunnels at Junction 25a, Newport. These are the only twin–bored tunnels on the United Kingdom motorway network.

Notable junctions[edit]

Junction 8/9 at Maidenhead, Berkshire, is the only one in the UK with dual numbers. This a relic from when the M4 used to turn north after junction 8, where it met the A308, and head for the original Junction 9, where it ended on 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.

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.

The section of the M4 in South Wales 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 subject to 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.
Junctions 30–31 (East Cardiff) were set aside for intermediate additional interchanges at the time of construction. 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.
Junction 41 comprises two different junctions, one for traffic to and from local destinations to the west and one for places to 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, it is possible in both directions to travel almost 2 miles (3.2 km) on the motorway, 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.

Maintenance[edit]

Maintenance of the section of the motorway within England, some 123 miles (198 km), is the responsibility of the Highways Agency.[30] The section within Wales, some 76 miles (122 km), is the responsibility of the Welsh Government.[31]

Current developments[edit]

Boston Manor viaduct repairs[edit]

In July 2012 the London to Heathrow section (between Junctions 1 and 3) was closed due to structural repairs being required at the Boston Manor viaduct [32]

J19-J20 managed motorways[edit]

Work is currently taking place to install[33] a stretch of managed motorway on the M4 between Junctions 19 (M32) and 20 (M5), and is estimated for completion in Spring 2014.[34]

Variable speed limit scheme between Junctions 24 and 28[edit]

During construction of the electronic indicator signs for the variable speed limit scheme at Junction 27 and a new concrete reservation

The variable speed limit scheme between Junction 24 and Junction 29 opened in June 2011.[35] This section of the motorway was originally built in 1967 and has many non-standard gradients and a number of tight bends. It is hoped the flow of traffic will be smoothed and motorway capacity increased for the 8 miles (13 km) between the two junctions. The scheme should also save money through fewer accidents in the long term. Widening this section of the motorway is not possible because of the two-lane Brynglas Tunnels and existing housing close to the motorway.[36]

Proposed developments[edit]

Hard shoulder running, Junction 3 to 12[edit]

In 2010 it was announced that hard shoulder running would be introduced from Junction 3 to Junction 12.[37] As of January 2012 no further information is available on the Highways Agency Website other than mention of the scheme on the main map showing the network and proposed works where it is proposed that work will start 'post 2015'.[38][non-primary source needed]

New junctions: 15a, 18a[edit]

A new Junction 15a, being considered by Wiltshire Council, this would give access to South and Central Swindon as well as to Wroughton, Marlborough and Devizes via the existing A4361, as well as a possible Junction 18a which would connect with the A432 and A4174 giving better access to Bristol, via Mangotsfield, and also a direct link with Yate.[39]

M4 Junction 31[edit]

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), have been rekindled after proposals for a new business park on a 125 acres (51 ha) site north of the M4 were submitted to Cardiff Council.[40] The developers of the business park, St Modwen Developments, would likely fund the new junction, which would be on the A469.[41]

M4 Relief Road around Newport[edit]

Plans for an 'M4 Relief Road' around Newport were first announced by the Welsh Office in 1991, but made little progress. The Welsh Assembly Government revived the scheme as the 'New M4' tolled bypass in 2007 but later abandoned it for financial reasons.[42] An extension to the Newport Southern Distributor Road through the old Corus steel works is being considered.[43] 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:[44] "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."

Port Talbot, Junctions 40 and 41[edit]

There have been calls to close the slip roads at Junction 40 and 41 (at Port Talbot) to improve traffic flow. The motorway has only two lanes on this stretch and is a major traffic congestion blackspot. Junctions 40 and 41 (at Port Talbot) have very short slip roads which have not been modernised.[45] The Port Talbot peripheral distributor road is under development, which should divert local traffic away from the M4.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • In May 1995 a coach carrying Royal British Legion members left the road close to the Severn Bridge, resulting in 10 deaths.[46]
  • In July 2002, Gus Dudgeon 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
  • In July 2011 a lorry fire in the Brynglas Tunnels closed the motorway.[47] Although there were no injuries, one tunnel remained closed and a contraflow system was in place in the remaining tunnel for about one month, causing major travel delays.[48][49]

Junctions[edit]

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
8.3
8.5
13.4
13.7
North Circular A406
South Circular A205
Chiswick A315
J2 Staines, Hounslow, Brentford A4
12.5
12.8
20.1
20.6
Heston services Services Heston services
13.4
13.7
21.5
22.1
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
15.2
15.7
24.5
25.2
Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 1, 2 & 3) (A4)
Uxbridge A408
J4a Heathrow 20 airtransportation.svg (Terminals 1, 2 & 3) (A4)
Uxbridge A408
16.8
17.7
27.0
28.5
Heathrow (Terminals 4, 5 & Cargo), Gatwick Airport, Watford, Oxford,
Stansted Airport (M40, M1, M11, M3, M23) M25
J4b
[coord 2]
Heathrow (Terminals 4, 5 & Cargo), Gatwick Airport, Maidstone, Watford, Oxford, Stansted Airport (M40, M1, M11, M3, M23, M20) M25
19.1
19.5
30.7
31.4
Colnbrook, Langley A4
Eton, Datchet B470
J5 Colnbrook, Langley A4, Datchet B470
22.9
23.2
36.8
37.4
Slough (Central) A355
Windsor A322
J6 Slough (Central) A355
Windsor A322
24.7
25.0
39.8
40.3
Slough (West) A4 J7 Slough (West) A4
27.8
28.2
44.7
45.4
High Wycombe, Henley A404(M)
Maidenhead A308(M)
J8/9 High Wycombe, Henley A404(M)
Maidenhead A308(M)
35.0
35.8
56.4
57.6
Reading (East), Wokingham, Bracknell A329(M) J10 Reading (East), Wokingham, Bracknell A329(M)
40.6
41.2
65.4
66.3
Basingstoke, Reading (Central) A33 J11 Basingstoke, Reading (C & S) A33
43.5
43.8
70.0
70.5
Reading services Services Reading services
45.3
45.7
72.9
73.5
Reading (West), Theale A4 J12 Reading (West), Theale A4
56.9
57.2
91.5
92.1
Newbury, Oxford A34
Chieveley services
J13
Services
[coord 3]
Newbury, Oxford A34
Chieveley services
64.4
64.8
103.7
104.3
Hungerford, Wantage A338 J14 Hungerford, Wantage A338
68.7 110.5 Membury services Services Membury services
76.4
77.1
122.9
124.0
Swindon (East) A419
Marlborough A346
Oxford (A420)
J15 Swindon A419, Marlborough A346
82.4
82.8
132.6
133.2
Swindon (West), Royal Wootton Bassett, RAF Lyneham, Calne A3102 J16 Swindon (West), Royal Wootton Bassett, RAF Lyneham, Calne A3102
94.8
95.3
152.5
153.4
Chippenham A350
Cirencester A429
J17 Chippenham A350
Cirencester A429
96.7 155.7 Leigh Delamere services Services Leigh Delamere services
104.9
105.6
168.8
170.0
Bath, Stroud A46 J18 Bath, Stroud A46
112.8
113.2
181.5
182.1
Bristol M32 J19 Bristol M32
115.8
116.3
186.3
187.2
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)
117.7
189.5
189.5
190.0
No access J21 Chepstow M48
121.3
121.6
195.2
195.7
Avonmouth M49 J22 Avonmouth M49
121.7
124.1
195.9
199.8
Entry into England Second Severn Crossing
[coord 5]
Entry into Wales
127.0 204.4 No toll plaza Bridge Toll Toll plaza
129.2 208.0 Chepstow M48 J23 No access
131.4
132.2
211.4
212.8
Magor, Caldicot A4810
Magor services
J23A
Services
Magor, Caldicot A4810
Magor services
134.8
135.6
217.0
218.3
City centre A48
Newport (East) B4237
Monmouth A449
The MIDLANDS (M50)
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
138.8
139.1
223.4
223.8
Brynglas Tunnels Tunnel Brynglas Tunnels
139.1
139.5
223.8
224.5
Newport, Cwmbran, Caerleon A4051 J26 Newport A4051
140.8
141,4
226.6
227.6
High Cross B4591 J27 High Cross B4591
142.0
142.9
228.5
230.0
Newport A48
Risca, Brynmawr A467
J28 Newport A48
Risca, Brynmawr A467
143.6 231.1 No access J29 Cardiff East and South A48(M)
146.6
147.3
236.0
237.0
Cardiff East A4232
Cardiff Gate services
J30
Services
Cardiff East A4232
Cardiff Gate services
151.9
244.5
244.5
246.1
Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff A470 J32 Cardiff (North), Merthyr Tydfil A470
155.4
156.0
250.1
251.1
Cardiff (West), Barry, Penarth A4232
Cardiff International Airport
Cardiff West services
J33
Services
Cardiff (West), Barry, Penarth A4232
Cardiff International Airport
Cardiff West services
157.5
158.1
253.5
254.4
Llantrisant, Rhondda A4119
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
J34 Llantrisant, Rhondda A4119
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
163.9
164.4
263.7
264.5
Pen-coed A473 J35 Bridgend, Pen-coed A473
167.5
168.3
269.6
270.8
Bridgend A4061
Maesteg A4063
Princess of Wales Hospital
Sarn Park services
J36
Services
Bridgend A4061
Maesteg A4063
Princess of Wales Hospital
Sarn Park services
172.8
173.5
278.1
279.3
Pyle, Porthcawl A4229 J37 Porthcawl, Pyle A4229
177.0
177.3
284.9
285.3
Port Talbot A48 J38 Port Talbot A48
178.3 286.9 No access (on-ramp only) J39 No access
179.7
179.9
289.2
289.6
Port Talbot A4107 J40 Port Talbot A4107
180.9
181.3
291.1
291.8
Port Talbot A48 J41 Briton Ferry A48
183.9
184.9
295.9
297.3
Briton Ferry A48
Swansea A483
J42 Swansea A483
184.9
185.7
297.5
298.8
Neath, Merthyr Tydfil A465 J43 Neath, Merthyr Tydfil A465
187.0
187.4
300.9
301.6
Swansea (East) A48 J44 Swansea (East) A48
188.8
189.3
303.9
304.7
Pontardawe, Swansea (North) A4067 J45 Pontardawe, Swansea (North) A4067
190.8
191.4
307.0
308.0
Llangyfelach B4489
Felindre
Morriston Hospital
J46 Llangyfelach B4489
Felindre
Morriston Hospital
192.4
193.1
309.6
310.7
Swansea (West) A483
Gorseinon A48
Swansea services
J47
Services
Swansea (West) A483
Gorseinon A48
Swansea services
196.4
197.1
316.0
317.2
Pontarddulais, Llanelli A4138 J48 Pontarddulais, Llanelli A4138
199.2 320.6 Start of motorway J49
Terminus
Services
[coord 6]
Motorway terminates at a roundabout:
Carmarthen A48
Ammanford, Llandeilo A483
Pontarddulais A48
Pont Abraham services
Data[50][51][52][53] 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.
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 / 51.48944; -0.27778 (Start of M4) Eastern end of M4
  2. ^ 51°29′41″N 0°29′44″W / 51.49472°N 0.49556°W / 51.49472; -0.49556 (Junction 5b of M4) Intersection of M25 and M4
  3. ^ 51°27′14″N 1°18′52″W / 51.45389°N 1.31444°W / 51.45389; -1.31444 (Junction 13 of M4) Intersection of M4 and A34(E05)
  4. ^ 51°33′01″N 2°33′11″W / 51.55028°N 2.55306°W / 51.55028; -2.55306 (J20 of M4) Almondsbury Interchange – Intersection of M4 and M5
  5. ^ 51°34′21″N 2°41′31″W / 51.57250°N 2.69194°W / 51.57250; -2.69194 (M4 Severn Crossing) Second Severn Crossing
  6. ^ 51°44′42″N 4°03′54″W / 51.74500°N 4.06500°W / 51.74500; -4.06500 (End of M4) Western end of M4

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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