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Old September 2nd, 2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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Biggest city in your country without motorway access

Let's make a list of the biggest cities (population wise) in each country without highway access (let's say 30 km range). Highways only, not expressways. Add information how big the city is and on what position in country ranking.

As for Poland the biggest city without highway access would be... Warsaw But soon, by 2012, A2 will be completed so next one would be 8th biggest city Bydgoszcz (356.177).

1 Warszawa...1.720 k......(A2)
2 Kraków..........756 k......A4
3 Łódź.............737 k......A2
4 Wrocław........632 k......A4,A8
5 Poznań..........551 k......A2
6 Gdańsk.........456 k......A1
7 Szczecin.......405 k......A6
8 Bydgoszcz.....356 k...... -
9 Lublin...........348 k...... -
10 Katowice... .306 k...... A1, A4
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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You mean motorway. The word "highway" is too ambiguous, a Droga Krajowa or Droga Wojewodzka is also a highway.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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I think Kinshasa is the largest city in the world with no motorways at all. Almost 9 million inhabitants. I'm not sure if Kolkata or Dhaka have real motorways.

I don't think there are cities in the Netherlands over 50.000 inhabitants with no motorway access. Den Helder is probably the largest (57.000 inhabitants).
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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Finland:

1. Helsinki (591 892) - 1,3,4,7,45,51
2. Espoo (250 511) - 1,51
3. Tampere (213 645) - 3,9,12
4. Vantaa (202 037) - 3,4,7,45
5. Turku (177 279) - 1,8,9
6. Oulu (142 031) - 4
7. Jyväskylä (130 735) - 4,9,13,23
8. Lahti (101 906) - 4
9. Kuopio (96 580) - 5,9
10. Kouvola (87 853) - None

Thus, Kouvola
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:21 PM   #5
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In Portugal, I think

1.Beja 34 970
2.Bragança 34 774
3.Portalegre 24 756

Both Beja and Bragança will have motorway access soon. the A4 Bragança bypass has already been opened but isn't connected to the network yet. I might be missing some less obvious places, and I'm not including suburbs of Lisbon or Porto

UK:

There are many many possibilities, and it would take a long time to go through all of them. I'm not sure wether to classigy Kingston-upon-Hull has having motorweay access or not.

If it doesn't its Hull, which I think beats Plymouth by 2 000 people, with 258 000.

Hull's urban area has a bit more than half a million people (!), but that certainly has motorway access. I don't think that Hull counts, so I guess its Plymouth, although PLymouth has quite easy access to the M5 though the A38, although its not that near.

Aberdeen with 217 000 people is definitely doesn't have motorway access, the nearest one is 87 miles away in Perth.

The biggest city with out a proper dual carriageway access is Norwich I would assume, or possibly Slash City
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:27 PM   #6
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In Latvia we don't have motorways yet, so Riga is the largest populated place (~ 710 000) in Latvia without motorway access.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:46 PM   #7
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I think Kinshasa is the largest city in the world with no motorways at all. Almost 9 million inhabitants. I'm not sure if Kolkata or Dhaka have real motorways.

I don't think there are cities in the Netherlands over 50.000 inhabitants with no motorway access. Den Helder is probably the largest (57.000 inhabitants).
These are the only ones I can think of that more or less qualify:

Den Helder (~15km) 57.207 inhabitants

Terneuzen (~15km to a Belgian motorway, ~20km to a Dutch one) with 54.867 inhabitants

Zutphen (~10km) with 47.112 inhabitants

Zierikzee (~25km) with 34.206 inhabitants
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:57 PM   #8
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I'm thinking of Norway, with places like Trondheim, Bergen, Tromso and Narvik. Tromso doesn't even have a rail connection.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:16 PM   #9
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For Spain I would say Ceuta. 80579 inhabitants. I believe Morocco plans to build, if it isn't already U/C a motorway to there.

In mainland Spain it's Soria. 39838 inhabitants. Has a motorway, but it is not finished to E90. The biggest town without motorway connection is Vilagarcia de Arousa, with 37926 inhabitants. Almost all Spanish towns above 20000 habitants have motorway connection now.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:29 PM   #10
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Hungary:

Szombathely: 79 000, there will be the M86 in the near future but it will be only an expressway.
Szolnok: 74 000, M4 in the future
Kaposvár: 68 000, M9 expressway in the far future and main road 67 as a semi-expressway in the near future with 2x2 upgradability
Békéscsaba: 64 000, futre M44
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:32 PM   #11
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In Europe I think it's Kiev, Ukraine. It has a metropolitan area of 3.6 million people, and only one road is of motorway standard to the airport. That said, there are a number of intercity 2x2 roads though, although none of them appears to have motorway status. Before 2002, Saint Petersburg in Russia was the largest city with no motorways.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:47 PM   #12
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Hungary:

Szombathely: 79 000, there will be the M86 in the near future but it will be only an expressway.
Szolnok: 74 000, M4 in the future
Kaposvár: 68 000, M9 expressway in the far future and main road 67 as a semi-expressway in the near future with 2x2 upgradability
Békéscsaba: 64 000, futre M44
45% of the pop lives within 5 kms of the existing network
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 03:54 PM   #13
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Slovakia:
Martin - 60000 inhabitants - 30 km
Prievidza - 50000 inhabitants - 60 km

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Old September 2nd, 2011, 04:06 PM   #14
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In Slovakia it is Prievidza, with 51,200 inhabitants it is the 11th biggest town in Slovakia. R1 is probably 40 km from this town and D1 about 70 km. But if I am sure there is a really short section (about 10 km) of R2 between Prievidza and Nováky.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 04:22 PM   #15
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Section between Prievidza and Nováky isn't motorway or expressway. East connection between Prievidza and R1 isn't important like west connection to D1.
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Sorry I got this thread opened for a long time so I didn't see ur post before I sent mine.

Anyway, it doesn't matter wether is some motorway more or less important than the other one R1 is much closer so it is the closest motorway to Prievidza, simple as that.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 05:10 PM   #17
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Expressway R1 is closer than motorway D1 - 40 vs 60 km, but traffic on connection to D1 is much higher.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 05:32 PM   #18
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In Slovenia such city is Velenje with 25,800 inhabitants.
When planned 4-laned expressway from A1 to Velenje will be built in next years, the largest city without motorway or expressway will become (and remain too) Trbovlje with 15,800 inhabitants.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 05:57 PM   #19
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Croatia

1. Zagreb 828.000 A1, A2, A3, A4 (A11 u/c)
2. Split 184.000 expressway connection to A1
3. Rijeka 135.000 A6, A7, A8
4. Osijek 115.000 A5
5. Zadar 78.000 expressway connection to A1
6. Velika Gorica 65.000 A11, connection to A3
7. Slavonski Brod 63.000 A3
8. Pula 59.000 A9
9. Karlovac 58.000 A1
10. Varaždin 49.000 A4
11. Sisak 49.000 none (A11 u/c)
12. Šibenik 47.000 expressway connection to A1
13. Dubrovnik 43.000 none
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 06:28 PM   #20
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In Denmark:

1. Copenhagen (1.2m) - E20/E47/E55/16/19/21/O3/O4/501
2. Aarhus (250k) - E45/15
3. Odense (168k) - E20/9
4. Aalborg (125k) - E45/187
5. Esbjerg (72k) - E20
6. Randers (61k) - E45
7. Kolding (57k) - E45/E20
8. Horsens (54k) - E45
9. Vejle (51k) - E45
10. Roskilde (47k) - 21/23
11. Helsingřr (46k) - E47/E55
12. Herning (46k) - 12/15/18
13. Hřrsholm (46k) - E47/E55/19
14. Silkeborg (43k) - Planned
15. Nćstved (42k) - None
16. Fredericia (40k) - E20
17. Viborg (36k) - None
18. Křge (35k) - E20/E47/E55
19. Holstebro (34k) - Planned
20. Taastrup (32k) - 21/O4
21. Slagelse (32k) - E20
22. Hillerřd (30k) - None
23. Sřnderborg (27k) - U/C
24. Holbćk (27k) - 21
25. Svendborg (27k) - 9
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