- M4 corridor
The M4 corridor is the area adjacent to the M4
The Eastern End
Its eastern end in particular is home to a large number of businesses, particularly in
Berkshire, Swindonand the Thames Valley. For this reason this part of the M4 Corridor is sometimes described as England's Silicon Valley. Often the term 'M4 Corridor' is used to denote only the far Eastern part roughly from Swindon to London.
Companies which have offices along the M4 include
Vodafone, Honda, Cisco, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, and MCI. As with many motorways, companies are attracted to the location because of the ease of travel, this is true of the M4 especially because of the motorway's proximity to Londonand Heathrow Airportwhich is also alongside the M4.
Investment has gradually spread westwards since the 1980's. In the west the interchange of the
M4 motorwayand M5 motorwaynear Bristolhad seen considerable growth of industries by the mid 1990s, where, for example, the headquarters of Orange is located. By the end of the 1990s there were signs of investment into South Wales, the economy of which had suffered badly during the 1980's.
The Welsh M4
The 1980s and 1990s saw the development of the
Swansea Enterprise Park. The Celtic Manor Resortlocated adjacent to the M4 in Newporthas undergone significant investment and will host the 2010 Ryder Cup. Newport is home to factories for many electronics firms, such as Panasonicand Alcatel. The 1990s also saw significant investment in Cardiffsuch as in Cardiff Gate and the Cardiff Bayarea.
Since the start of the 21st Century there has been evidence of more investment west of Cardiff, such as:
**Baglan Industrial Park
Baglan Energy Park
Amazon.co.ukfulfilment centre at Crymlyn Burrows
Parc Trostreand Parc Pemberton
Llanelli Waterside- including North Dock and Delta Lakes
**Cross Hands Food Park
**Cross Hands Business Park
Despite recent development the M4 corridor still has within it some of the poorest areas in Western Europe as well as the wealthiest.
Londonwhich is at the end of the M4 motorway, Staines, Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead, Reading, Bracknelland Newbury are the main towns in the Berkshirestretch of the M4 (although Staines is in Surrey), and this area, plus the nearby borough of Swindon, forms the most popular location for businesses in the M4 corridor.
Reading is home to many of the businesses (such as
Cisco, Microsoft, ING Direct, Oracle, Prudential, Yell Group, Ericssonmanaging services for Hutchison 3Gand MCI) whilst Vodafoneis located in Newbury, O2 plcis in Slough and headquarters of Hutchison 3GUK are in Maidenhead.
The M4 also passes the cities of Bath and
Bristolbefore continuing into South Walesand the cities of Newport, Cardiffand Swansea. South Wales is still a siginificant industrial heartland of the UK. One site of note on the M4 Corridor is Port Talbot Steelworks- the largest steel producer in the UK and one of the biggest steel producers in Europe. [http://wales.gov.uk/news/archivepress/enterprisepress/einpress2005/707312/?lang=en]
The M4/M25 junction is large and impressive, one of only three four-level stack interchanges in the UK's motorway network.Fact|date=February 2007
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