M1 motorway (Pakistan)

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Pakistan M-1.svg

Route information
Part of
Maintained by National Highway Authority
Length: 155 km[1] (96 mi)
Existed: 2007 – present
History: constructed 2004–07
Major junctions
West end: Peshawar
  Pakistan N-5.svg Burhan Interchange
Pakistan Motorway M14.png Brahma Bahtar Interchange
East end: Islamabad–Rawalpindi
Highway system
Roads in Pakistan

The M1 motorway (Urdu: موٹروے 1‎) or M1, is an east-west motorway in Pakistan, connecting Peshawar to Islamabad–Rawalpindi. The motorway is 155 km long, with 88 km in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 67 km in Punjab. The M1 has become a vital link to Afghanistan and Central Asia and is expected to take heavy traffic off the highly used N-5 National Highway.[2]


M1 Peshawar Toll Plaza

The M1 originates northeast of Peshawar at the junction with the Peshawar Ring Road. It then crosses over the Kabul River in an eastern direction passing the cities of Charsadda, Risalpur, Swabi and Rashakai before crossing the Indus River. The M1 leaves Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and enters into Punjab province, where it passes through Attock, Burhan and Hasan Abdal. The M1 terminates near Islamabad as a continuation of the M2 motorway. The whole stretch of the M1 consists of 6 lanes, with a number of rest stops along the route. The M1 has 9 interchanges at Fatehjang, Bhatar, Burhan, Rashaki, Swabi, Chachh (under construction), Charsadda, the Peshawar Northern Bypass and Peshawar Ring Road. At Brahma Bahtar Interchange, the Brahma Bahtar-Yarik Motorway will commence towards Dera Ismail Khan. There are 3 major bridges along the route along the Haro, Indus and Kabul rivers, 18 flyovers, 27 small bridges, 137 underpasses and 571 culverts. 10 service areas (five on the each side of the motorway) are present along the route.


M1 motorway westbound towards Peshawar.

The M1 was 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
Westbound exits Junction Eastbound exits
Peshawar Ring Road 1 Start of motorway
to Peshawar-Charsadda Road 2
Peshawar Northern Bypass
to Chamkiani & N-5 National Highway
to Charsadda & KP Highway S-1 3
KP Highway S-9
to Nowshera
to Mardan, Rashakai & N-95 National Highway 4
N-45 National Highway
to Risalpur
to Swabi, Topi 5
KP Highway S-6
to Jehangira
to Tarbela 6 to Hattian[disambiguation needed]
to Hasan Abdal & N-35 National Highway 7
N-5 National Highway
to Burhan, Attock
to Wah Cantt 8 to Fateh Jang
to Rawalpindi, Islamabad 9
Kashmir Highway
to New Islamabad International Airport

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