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View Poll Results: Which is the busiest Freeway
401-Toronto 170 57.43%
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:41 PM   #141
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It's hard to find exact data about the Périphérique. From what I could gather online, there are up to 300,000 vehicles a day on the busiest sections of the Périphérique, which would make it Europe's busiest freeway, unless someone can find a busier freeway, but I doubt it.
300 k.vehicule a day is very much but the Peripherique is not a motorway or a freeway.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 11:36 PM   #142
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It is fully acces-controlled, what more do you need?
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 11:38 PM   #143
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The German examples given are interchanges, therefore they cannot be counted. It is only normal that you will have more traffic on an interchange, given that two or more freeways meet at that point. Please give only figures for sections of freeways/motorways, not interchanges (or échangeurs, or Kreuze). So far, until new figures are offered, the section of the Berliner Ring near the Funkturm is the busiest in Germany. If you have figures for the busiest section of the Kölner Ring proving that it is busier than the Berliner Ring, bring them.

As for the Périphérique, it handles 1.2 million vehicles in its entire length, but its busiest section still handles up to 300,000 vehicles a day, which would make it the busiest section of freeway/motorway in Europe, unless other figures can be offered.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:54 PM   #144
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Quote:
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300 k.vehicule a day is very much but the Peripherique is not a motorway or a freeway.
Peripherique is not Motorway but it is a Freeway

Peripherique



L.A Freeway


Where is the difference ?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 11:06 PM   #145
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how about italian A4? i tink it is one of the bussiest (if we look whole lenght). alos, it would be interesting to find data about Milano Tangenziale, Roma Tangenziale, Torino Tangenziale...
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Old May 4th, 2006, 03:55 AM   #146
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Peripherique is not Motorway but it is a Freeway

Peripherique



L.A Freeway


Where is the difference ?
Thats kind of a stretch... few freeway networks in the world match LAs, for better or worse.











Thankfully, you all in Europe have extensive public transportation so such infrastructure is not needed! Cheers!
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Old May 4th, 2006, 05:04 AM   #147
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LA freeways kick ass!
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Old May 5th, 2006, 04:24 AM   #148
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It wasn't comparing the Periphique and LA freeways, it was saying that the Periphique is a freeway, even if a few turns are a bit too sharp to go up to spec with freeway standards. (Not that it matters, it's a slow feeway anyway)
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Kennedytunnel in Antwerp would be a contender
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Old May 5th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #150
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It wasn't comparing the Periphique and LA freeways, it was saying that the Periphique is a freeway, even if a few turns are a bit too sharp to go up to spec with freeway standards. (Not that it matters, it's a slow feeway anyway)
Some LA freeways have sharp turn too anyway. Try to drive the Pasadena freeway for example.
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Old May 5th, 2006, 02:07 PM   #151
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Kennedytunnel in Antwerp would be a contender
Dont think so
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Old May 5th, 2006, 02:56 PM   #152
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Even if 1.2 million cars use the Peripherique every day, it doesn't say something about the number of cars using a small piece of the Peripherique every day.
As Soufian said it is impossible to compare complete motorways. The only way to compare motorways is to compare a stretch, a single part of the motorway.
The best way to compare is using figures of one single point of a motorway, not the whole motorway.
Even if it's fully stupid, we can try to make an average:
1.2 Million/vehicules/day for 35.04 km => 32.246 vehicules/day/km
Mean distance travelled: 7 km
=> 239.726 vehicules a day.
So it's easily possible to reach the 300.000 vehicules a day.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #153
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the average daily traffic handled by the busiest sections of the Parisian peripherique are slightly under the 250 000 mark (The prefecture de Paris holds the data. For the other IDF motorways, data are available in the DDE).

From what I remember when I compiled traffic data for the IDF region back at the end of the 90s, the A4 was already the region busiest section, with rising traffic flow whereas the peripherique flows were dropping slowly and gradually.

I also remember that the A3 in NE Paris had some stretches with more than 200 000 v/d on average.

We may also combine the A6a and A6b traffic. I guess it would amount to around 280 000 v/d on average.

Outside Paris, there are few french motorways with flows exceeding 150 000. In Lille, The A1/A25 junction area may be a contender...

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As for the UK, the M25 has reached 200 000 v/d on average in 2004 between J14 and 15.
The M1 (M25-Luton), M6 (Thelwall and Brum), M62 (Manchester area), M60 (Manchester ring), M4 (Berkshire and Ldn) and the M8 exceed for more than one stretch the 150 000 mark. Slightly under 150 000 v/d are the M42 (Brum se ring), the M56 (Manchester SW approach), the M27 (Southampton), the M20 (Kent), M4 (Newport, Wales), M62 (Leeds)...

Also remember that the M25 is a suburban motorway not an urban one.

The busiest river crossing in the UK are the M8 and the Dartford Crossing A282 for the M25 (around 150 000 v/d)

When T5 opens to passengers in 2008, M25 traffic is expected to rise immediately to 250 000 v/d as access to the terminal is mainly provided by a spur between J14 and 15 (12 lanes).

the UK has also on average (all motorways combined), the highest average daily traffic flow and among the busiest non urban motorways.

The M1 and M6 have almost consistently traffic flows exceeding 100 000 v/d on average.

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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #154
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It is fully acces-controlled, what more do you need?
Some "yield" signals like this at the entrance.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #155
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The MKAD Motorway of Moscow is very busy, i thought this was the busiest stretch of road in Europa. The M-roads around Madrid are very busy too (M30, M40, M45, M50). And of course the Périphérique around Paris, but this one is not an autoroute, but a voie expresse, an expressway. So it's not an officialy motorway or freeway, but it looks like one. This road can be very busy, rushhour s last the whole day, but you can drive it in the summer, when all Parisians are on vacation.

Most motorways in The Netherlands are overcrowded and have a heavy undercapacity, especially the A1, A2, A4, A9, A10, A12, A13, A16 and A20 motorways around Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. But other motorways are busy too, near Arnhem, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Almere, Zwolle, Groningen and Deventer. Some motorways have the same capacity as 30 years ago, but the number of traffic has tripled that time.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 11:55 PM   #156
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Hmm, I think we're mixing up numbers of commuters and all of the traffic. Near Rotterdam, Antwerp etc, there is a huge share of trucks. In terms of air pollution, Belgium/NL is worst, perhaps also busiest.
Anywhere near Essen, Bochum etc or Lille/Duinkerken or down south in Italy around Milan could also count amongst the busiest parts.
The worst traffic I myself got stuck in is near Lyon.
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The R0 Ring of Brussels, and the R1 around Antwerp seems to be busier every day. The A7 near Hamburg, and the A99 around Munich are very busy too.
In summer, long trafficjams of more than 50km are not uncommon on the German A8.
The French "autoroute du Soleil A6/A7" is notorious for huge traffic jams from Lyon to Perpignan. The longest traffic jam ever was between Paris and Reims, over 180kms of traffic jam.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #158
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Some useful links:

Busiest roads in the world: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/wf.htm

in Europe: http://members.a1.net/wabweb/frames/euf.htm
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Very interesting. Clears up some myths in this thread.
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