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Old September 2nd, 2011, 07:22 PM   #21
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Pietersburg (Polokwane) 508,272 - nearest freeway approx. 140 km (N1 at Kranskop Toll Plaza)

Rustenburg 395,539 - nearest freeway approx. 85 km (N4 west of Pretoria)

Klerksdorp 350,000 - nearest freeway approx 140 km (N12 at Soweto)

Nelspruit 221,474 - nearest freeway approx 200 km (N4 near Middelburg)

Population figures may be on the high side, as they are for the local municipalities that usually include outlying towns, townships and rural areas.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 09:06 PM   #22
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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
1.Beja 34 970 <<< IP8 autoroute under construction (A2 autoroute passes some 33km away) ... the IP2 is a aotomobile reserved fastroute (1+1 express route).

2.Bragança 34 774 <<< IP4 fastway motorway being converted to autoroute

3.Portalegre 24 756 <<< IP2 fastway ... nearest autoroutes are A6 and A23 both some 45km away


portuguese namings:



autoestrada(autoroute) = motorway (tolled usually) with speed limits of 120 (max) and 50(minimum) *



via rapida(fast way) = 1+1 or 2+2 routes (not motorways) mostly with fences/walls separating traffic lanes ... usually limited to 100km/h


Is it me or the ONLY place where there is a MINIMUM SPEED LIMIT in motorways is in portugal ????



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Old September 2nd, 2011, 09:14 PM   #23
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France has minimum speed limits, the UK does in a couple of places and there are more places
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 09:31 PM   #24
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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, 10:03 PM   #25
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Is it me or the ONLY place where there is a MINIMUM SPEED LIMIT in motorways is in portugal ????
Spain has minimum speed limits in all kinds of roads, although they are not marked. They are half the maximum speed limit for every type of vehicle, except in autopista/autovía where it is 60 for all vehicles. Driving below the limits without a justified cause is illegal.

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Old September 2nd, 2011, 11:24 PM   #26
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About Italy, it should be Gela in Sicily (78k) in general, and in mainland Italy I think are Altamura (70k) and Vigevano (64k)...am I right?
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 11:31 PM   #27
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I'm be curious to know if anybody has ever been arrested for slow speed.

On topic: technically the biggest city without motorway access in France would be Brest with 300k inhabitants in the metro. However I don't think one can seriously consider this one since the are no motorways west of Rennes but several national roads that could be renamed into motorways anytime. There are two motorway-like roads arriving at Brest: E50 and E60.
The biggest city without a motorway-like access is (I believe) Cherbourg, 116k in the metro. There is a 2x2 road access with N13 but it sure doesn't meet the motorway standards.

Oh, and I must say I'm impressed with Spain. Be it road or public transit, the country built top-notch infrastructures in a short amount of time.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 11:44 PM   #28
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I heard about someone being sent to court for doing 30 mph on the motorway in Britain.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 11:49 PM   #29
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Sweden:

1. Stockholm - E4/E18/E20/73/75/222/Saltsjöbadsleden
2. Göteborg - E6/E20/E45/40
3. Malmö (168k) - E6/E20/E22/Inre ringvägen
4. Uppsala - E4
5. Linköping - E4
6. Västerås - E18
7. Örebro - E18/E20
8. Norrköping - E20
9. Helsingborg - E4/E6/E20
10. Jönköping - E20
11. Umeå - None
12. Lund - E22
13. Borås - 40
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 12:13 AM   #30
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About Italy, it should be Gela in Sicily (78k) in general, and in mainland Italy I think are Altamura (70k) and Vigevano (64k)...am I right?
Crotone 60k and Agrigento 59k
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 01:06 AM   #31
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Slash City?
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 01:06 AM   #32
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Marsala 83k
Ragusa 74k
Matera 61k
Chioggia 51k
Campobasso 51k
Martina Franca 50k
Rieti 48k
Gravina in Puglia 44k
Caltagirone 40k
Crema 34k

I didn't mentioned Italian cities connected by superstrade (almost motorways).
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 02:06 AM   #33
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 02:23 AM   #34
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Fresno, California is the largest city in the US without Interstate access but if you meant all freeways/motorways in general then I think the city with that honor in the US is Albany, Georgia.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 06:14 AM   #35
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Fresno, California is the largest city in the US without Interstate access but if you meant all freeways/motorways in general then I think the city with that honor in the US is Albany, Georgia.
Ummm... Lynchburg, Virginia? 252,634 metro population in 2010 versus 157,308 for Albany.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 06:41 AM   #36
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Canada: Yellowknife, NWT at about 23,000 inhabitants That place is way up North in Canada.

So you know Canada has good infrastructure when the most populated city without highway access is Yellowknife. However, Most of Canada is also settled along highways.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 10:05 AM   #37
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Except we're talking about freeways/expressways/motorways. (Choose your national/regional term). Does Winnipeg have such a thing to the outside world?

And if it does, do Regina and Saskatoon? Or Thunder Bay?
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Ummm... Lynchburg, Virginia? 252,634 metro population in 2010 versus 157,308 for Albany.
Are we going by city limits or metro area population? (Some census definitions of metro areas are a stretch, in my opinion, since they're built up of entire counties.) I was playing with the Rand McNally road atlas earlier, to answer this question, and the biggest city I came across that you can't get far from by freeway was (probably) Brownsville, Texas. That said, what does "freeway access" mean? Lynchburg, Albany and Brownsville all have some freeways in them, and reaching some distance out of town (at least in the case of Lynchburg and Brownsville); they're just not connected to what you might define as the national freeway network (Interstates and other freeways that connect to them).
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 11:11 AM   #39
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At Spain, Soria has motorway but it is not totally linked with the rest of network. In fact, the A-15 is partially still on works. So you can quite the city by motorway (only in one out of six directions) but necessary you will have to use a road to arrive the A-2.

Maybe in less than one year they will be totally linked.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 11:21 AM   #40
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Marsala 83k
Ragusa 74k
Matera 61k
Chioggia 51k
Campobasso 51k
Martina Franca 50k
Rieti 48k
Gravina in Puglia 44k
Caltagirone 40k
Crema 34k

I didn't mentioned Italian cities connected by superstrade (almost motorways).
I thought Marsala it's not very far from A29 or A29 dir....instead Gela (and Ragusa, Modica, Vittoria ecc...) should be linked by A18 in a far-far-far distant future...
Rieti has a speed-link with Terni in construction, I know...
in Umbria, my region, we have Gubbio (33k) as the biggest place without near rapid links at all, until the Perugia-Ancona won't be ready...
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