M40 corridor

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The M40 corridor is the area adjacent to the M40 motorway running through England. It is one of the main routes between London and Birmingham, the other being that followed by the M1 motorway.

This includes[clarification needed] the Chiltern Main Line, which also runs in the same area between the two cities. The route taken by the railway line closely follows the motorway except for the central section where the railway does not serve Oxford. Unlike the motorway, the Chiltern Main Line stretches deep into both London and Birmingham.


The area followed by the M40 includes southern Buckinghamshire, eastern Oxfordshire and central/southern Warwickshire. Despite serving London and Birmingham, the M40 does not enter either cites, instead other roads/motorways continue onwards (e.g. the A40 continues right into central London). The motorway runs between 51°33′41″N 0°29′35″W / 51.5615°N 0.4930°W / 51.5615; -0.4930 and 52°20′56″N 1°48′35″W / 52.3488°N 1.8097°W / 52.3488; -1.8097.


The southern end is completely within Buckinghamshire with the town served being High Wycombe. Both road and rail travel in a north west-south east direction.[1]


The central section covers Oxfordshire and Bucks. The main population centre served is Oxford.[2]


Both rail and road now travel sharply to the north west, serving Warwickshire.[3]

Main towns/cities served[edit]

The following table only includes places situated near the motorway and those close enough to be considered[by whom?] 'near the motorway' (like Aylesbury). Other places that may use the motorway (for access to the north) are not included as they have other motorway access (for example Slough). Small villages are not included. Population figures are based on the 2001 census by the Office for National Statistics [1]

Settlements on M40 corridor
Place Population Ceremonial County Main Railway station Motorway junction
Gerrards Cross/Chalfont St Peter 19,622 Buckinghamshire Gerrards Cross 1
Beaconsfield 10,679 Buckinghamshire Beaconsfield 2
High Wycombe Urban Area 118,229 Buckinghamshire High Wycombe 3,4
Thame 10,886 Oxfordshire Haddenham and Thame Parkway 7
Oxford 134,248 Oxfordshire Oxford 8,8A
Bicester 28,672 Oxfordshire Bicester North 9
Aylesbury Urban Area 69,021 Buckinghamshire Aylesbury 8A,9
Banbury 43,867 Oxfordshire Banbury 11
Leamington Spa 45,114 Warwickshire Leamington Spa 15
Warwick 25,434 Warwickshire Warwick 15
Stratford-upon-Avon 23,676 Warwickshire Stratford-upon-Avon 15



George Wimpey, RAF Air Command, Hyundai UK, Dreams, the UK base of Ariston (now owned by Indesit) and the UK headquarters of Staples are based in High Wycombe. The UK base of Robert Bosch is in Denham, near Gerrards Cross. Pioneer UK is in Stoke Poges and the Barracuda Group (owner of Varsity) is in Marlow, both locations being near the motorway.


Kraft Foods Banbury, Westminster group plc, Prodrive and Ascari Cars all have offices or are based in Banbury. The head office of Travelodge UK is located in Thame.


Stratford-upon-Avon is world-famous as Shakespeare's hometown and so tourism is a major industry. The NFU Mutual Insurance Company is also based in the town. ConocoPhillips, JET (petrol), BMW, and Volvo Group are based in Warwick.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) In Buckinghamshire
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Stokenchurch to Waterstock
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Waterstock to Umberslade

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