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Britain's 246,000 miles of motorways are used for the majority of long-distance journeys by both commercial and private vehicles. Our motorways join many inter-urban primary destinations and large cities in England, Scotland and Wales.

Stay one step ahead of the motorway traffic by planning your journey in advance to avoid long queues and problematic areas, and choose an alternative route. Click on one of the motorways below to view current incidents, traffic news, delays, roadworks and accidents.

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Some A-Roads have been upgraded and improved so that they have become the same standard as motorways. These sections of road have kept their number, but have now been suffixed with the letter (M), for example the A1(M), the A64(M) and the A635(M). In some cases this designation has been used by the Highways Agency to indicate motorway bypasses of an existing road.

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Road safety

Our advice pages and safety campaigns will help to keep you safe when travelling on our roads.

Little changes, change everything

Make little changes to your driving to transform your journey

Driving around large vehicles and HGVs

HGVs are often considerably longer, heavier and more powerful than standard vehicles and care needs to be taken when driving close to one

Driving on motorways

How to drive safely and legally on England’s motorways

Vehicle checks

Most breakdowns are avoidable, and simple vehicle checks can help you have a safer journey

Travelling in severe weather

Find out how to make your journeys as smooth and safe as possible, and what we’re doing to help you

Variable speed limits

We set variable speed limits to look after your safety and to improve traffic flow on motorways and major A roads

Average speed enforcement cameras

How we use cameras to detect vehicles exceeding the speed limit when an 'Average speed check' is in place

Tackling dangerous driving behaviour

How we help our police partners spot and prosecute driving offences

Commercial vehicle operators

Resources for commercial vehicle operators including abnormal load routing (ESDAL)

Understanding Red X signal

Have you noticed the Red X signal when driving on motorways? It’s there for your safety and it’s illegal to ignore it.

Our safety campaigns 

Know the zones

Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have zones of limited visibility. Other drivers often underestimate the size and position of these zones of limited visibility. Please be aware of the zones so you can stay safe.

What to do if you break down

Knowing what to do in an emergency or breakdown will help keep you and others safe and make you feel more confident when you travel on England's motorways.

Stay safe, stay back

Driving isn't a game. Are you leaving at least a 2 second gap between you and the vehicle in front?

Short for emergency call system – eCall is a safety feature in most newer vehicles which connects to emergency services when activated.

Check your tyres

Setting out safely for your holiday or day trip - find out how to check your vehicle.

Our experienced bikers are on standby to chat about the enjoyment, the thrill and riding safely too.

Useful links

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  • Advice for recovery operators on our motorway network

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