M54

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Route of the M54

The M54 is Telford's very own motorway, connecting Shropshire to Wolverhampton and the West Midlands via the M6. Unfortunately the residents of Shropshire can only visit parts of the wider world that lie to the south as the M6 interchange only has south-facing sliproads and can't be used to get to or from the north. They can't even reach the M6 Toll, a motorway that ends almost head-on with the M54, because there's no direct connection to that either. Proposals for a new road to connect the M54 to the north and east have been drawn up but continue to falter.

Traffic from the M54 is a major contributor to the traffic problems on the M6 within the West Midlands area, since it and the M5 both unburden themselves onto the road, and between their two junctions the M6 is usually unbearably busy.

The M54 was granted a westward extension in the early 1990s, continuing the route all the way to Shrewsbury, though it would be a mistake to think an extension of the same road built to the same standard and heading in the same direction would be part of the M54. Instead, it's part of the A5. Shrewsbury Town Council have declared an interest before now in having that section of the A5 reclassified as M54 so that their town is on the motorway network.

M54 junction 5 moved house not long after the motorway opened, thanks to the rapidly changing structure of Telford as the New Town was built. The current incarnation replaces a limited access half-diamond junction that was located slightly closer towards junction 4. It marked the eastern end of the original three-lane section of M54, and the point is still visible today because the road surface to the west is still wide enough for dual three-lanes. Between there and the new junction 5, the road was painted down to two lanes when the eastward extension was opened with just two lanes.

Factfile

Start Wolverhampton (M6)
Finish Telford (A5)
Passes None
Length 23 miles
Connects to M6

Road Schemes

CBRD's Road Schemes section has information on these schemes that are active or in planning on the M54.

Images

Views of the M54 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.

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One of the M54's brief three lane sections, here between junctions 1 and 2. Both sections are marked this way, with the third lane marked as a slip road all the way through.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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The M54 is an excessively average motorway. It spends most of its time in a cutting like this, so you can't see anything, which does not make for an exciting drive.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Junction 4 only recently gained its service area. This roundabout sign appears to be an original 1983 model which now has a mess of patching on it - one non-primary, one not using the correct font, one hanging off the bottom.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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The location of the original junction 5 is obvious - a full ghost exit, missing only the dashed sliproad markings. It's also noticeable by (shown here eastbound) the end of the original three-lane carriageway. When it was continued east, it was only built to two lane standard. Here the extra-wide hard shoulder narrows.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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A pleasant, but monotonously dull, wooded cutting carries the M54 through Telford, meaning there is little to distinguish the urban sections from the rural. As the end of the motorway approaches, the road fails to become any more exciting.
Photo by Steven Jukes

Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the M54 were built, listed in chronological order.

Open Jct Section
Dec1975 J5-7 Forge → Cluddley
Nov1983 J0-5 Hilton Park → Forge

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

Junction   Eastbound               Westbound
(M6 J10A)
0.0 km
Birmingham
Coventry
Walsall
M6 Link

M6
EAST
(Fork)

M6
N/A More information about this junction
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2 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 2 lanes
1
3.2 km
Cannock
A460
A460 (Roundabout Interchange)(Roundabout Interchange) A460 Cannock
A460
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LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 3 lanes
2
5.7 km
Wolverhampton
Stafford
(M6 N Link)
A449
A449
(M6)
(Roundabout Interchange)(Roundabout Interchange) A449



Wolverhampton
A449
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8 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 8 miles, 2 lanes
3
17.8 km
Wolverhampton (W)
A41
A41 Tong Interchange (Roundabout Interchange)Tong Interchange (Roundabout Interchange) A41 Whitchurch
Weston
A41
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5 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 5 miles, 2 lanes
4
25.5 km
Telford (E)
A464
Kidderminster
(A442)
Services Telford
A4640 Castlefarm Interchange (Roundabout Interchange)Roundabout Interchange A464

A464
(A442)
Telford (E)
A464
Ironbridge
(A442)
Services Telford
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LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 2 lanes
5
28.6 km
Telford (Cen)
A5
Forge Interchange (Non-standard interchange) A5


B5072
Telford (Cen)
B5072
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LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 3 lanes
6
31.3 km
Telford (W)
A518
Whitchurch
(A442)
Ironbridge
A5223
A518 Kelley Dingle Roundabout (Roundabout Interchange)Kelley Dingle Roundabout (Roundabout Interchange) A5223
(A442)
Telford (W)
A518
Whitchurch
(A442)
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2 miles, 2 lanes Up   Down 2 miles, 2 lanes
7
35.0 km
Telford (A5)
Birmingham
M54
Wellington
B5061
B5061




(Diamond)
A5
WEST
NORTH WALES
Shrewsbury
A5
Wellington
B5061
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With thanks to Chris McKenna and Steven Jukes for information in this section.