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Old August 6th, 2012, 06:53 PM   #2001
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A84 Caen - Rennes

A84 Caen - Rennes

The A84 is a toll-free Autoroute in Normandy and Bretagne. It connects Caen with Rennes, but there are no large cities in between, Avranches and Fougères are most notable. A84 has a break in the route around Avranches, where it is replaced by the N175 expressway.

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Part I: Caen - Avranches.
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Old August 10th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #2002
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Pont de Térénez

Before we continue A84 to Rennes, here is a new video: the Pont de Térénez in western France. It's a cable-stayed bridge that's situated in a curve. Quite a unique bridge.

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Old August 14th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #2003
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N12 Saint-Brieuc

This video follow the expressway N12 through the city of Saint-Brieuc in Bretagne.

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Old August 22nd, 2012, 12:06 PM   #2004
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N175 Avranches

Some photos of the voie expresse N175 around Avranches. It links both parts of the A84.

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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:25 PM   #2005
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I thought I got a key to the French road signage, though this one made me a little confused. I know what is what now but it took me some time to get it clear.

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Old August 23rd, 2012, 11:38 AM   #2006
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The next video follows the N12 through the city of Morlaix.

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Old August 25th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #2007
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How many stretches/motorways u/c in France?
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Old August 25th, 2012, 03:52 PM   #2008
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I thought I got a key to the French road signage, though this one made me a little confused. I know what is what now but it took me some time to get it clear.
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Blue: Autoroute
Green: National road
White: Other or local destination
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Old August 25th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #2009
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You learn to skip the white signs if you don't have to leave the motorway.

French signage works better than it appears on some photos. You can easily follow the blue / green destinations. Only the last leg of your journey requires the white signs. The white signs are sometimes too full, which is because of the regularly long place names and capitalized letters. The capitalized letters works worst when the place names take up most of the space.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #2010
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I consider French signs among the best in Europe, together with the German ones. Key cities on French motorway signs are brilliantly signposted, and easy to follow from far away, even when having to use motorway interchanges. RN signs are pretty good, and the white regional ones are ok, though to some they appear a bit messy. Localities are easy to follow on white signs as they are displayed in italic.
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Old August 25th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #2011
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All blue sings like this for examble are only for N roads?
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Old August 25th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #2012
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No, blue signs are also displayed on acces roads to motorways.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 05:21 PM   #2013
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I consider French signs among the best in Europe, together with the German ones. Key cities on French motorway signs are brilliantly signposted, and easy to follow from far away, even when having to use motorway interchanges. RN signs are pretty good, and the white regional ones are ok, though to some they appear a bit messy. Localities are easy to follow on white signs as they are displayed in italic.
The French need to learn to use route numbers appropriately. Or at all. There's not a single route number on Christos' example - even for the autoroute - and there are so many places in France where different publishers' maps disagree with each other and with the signage about E-numbers, and in some cases about domestic numbers as well. I'm not just talking about the massive reclassification of national routes into departmentals, but about questions like does the A5 split into the A5A and A5B, or into the A5 and A105?
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Today I drove from Genoa (Italy) to Toulouse. While I had to stop at two toll plazas in Italy (the first to get a ticket and the second to pay), I had to stop at 11 toll plazas in France, wasting at least 30 minutes. I have no idea how much I paid in tolls, but it could not possibly have been as costly as 30-40 wasted minutes.
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Yes, the A8 has an annoying open toll system. This is why Europe needs license plate tolls.
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Is there something like E-ZPass (which I'm guessing you're familiar with)?

Some toll barriers (I-95 at the Delaware/Maryland border, the I-78 bridge from New Jersey into Pennsylvania....) now have E-ZPass "Express" lanes that you can pass through at the speed limit.
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France has a similar system to E-ZPass called "Télépéage", a transponder behind the windshield. However, you cannot pass at the speed limit, you need to slow down to 30 km/h or so. The main problem though, is that very few foreigners have this transponder and sometimes queues are long enough to block all driving lanes, making the transponder somewhat useless, especially during the severe summer congestion.

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I wish a pan-European transponder system, at least common for France, Italy and Spain, on which you could possibly upload via credit card/internet also the vignette for those countries requiring it (e.g. Austria, Slovenia).
Slowing down might be an issue, but sure better than stopping altogether.
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France has a similar system to E-ZPass called "Télépéage", a transponder behind the windshield. However, you cannot pass at the speed limit, you need to slow down to 30 km/h or so. The main problem though, is that very few foreigners have this transponder and sometimes queues are long enough to block all driving lanes, making the transponder somewhat useless, especially during the severe summer congestion.
That only happens sporadically though. I pay by card through the machine, very few people do that, and I hardly ever get queues. Only sometimes in the summer at the big toll plazas like the ones around Paris and Lyon.

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I pay by credit card too, it's much faster (generally less than 3 seconds). Télépéage is just not worth it for foreigners, it costs about € 20 per year to get a badge and if I'm correct the tolls are not lower if you pay by télépéage. A European-wide system would be more appealing, especially if you could also pay the vignettes with it without stopping.
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