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Old January 9th, 2015, 02:30 AM   #2961
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I'm not sure how much traffic wants to go as directly as possible Lyons < > Bordeaux TBH.

I'd say priorities in France are around Marseilles, Lyons and most especially Paris where the A104 ( and the rest of the rings) is congested to hell as well as incomplete... and in the Provence - Italy area including a proper motorway connection from Geneva/Grenoble to the coast somewhere around Toulon or Nice.

The rest of the French motorway network is very high quality and there are no missing sections. I only hate driving in and near Paris me.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 02:51 AM   #2962
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The major missing link on French network is a highway between Tolouse and Lyon.
Obviously the Massive Centrale (sic) gets in the way a bit.

I'm really surprised that it isn't an E road - France planned ahead and gave lots of routes that would be upgraded E numbers, including things like Niort-La Rochelle that hasn't happened yet, but didn't link two of it's biggest cities with an E road.

It's also (OK this map has autoroute as well) the most blatant gap in the E road network in France with such a long way between roughly east-west routes.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 07:37 AM   #2963
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- A16 and A25 - is lack of larger rest stations. And the E40 section from Calais to Belgium is an important international route. .
There is a reason for this:

Traffic heading from Calais to Belgium are most likely to fill up in Belgium anyway. It's only 20 minutes over the road, and there are two major service areas close after each other (Texaco and Total). On the border itself we've got the town of Adinkerke which is a favourite stopover for lorries filling up cheap and the purchase possibilities of large quantities of tobacco. Lorry parking with facilities are widely available off the A16 in Calais, Marck and Dunkerque.

Travelling from Belgium towards Calais it's a different story. There is one BP petrol station on the A16 going southbound and a number of lay-by's along the route which are actually closed. It's a safety issue: the number of wannabe immigrants hanging around on these lay-by's trying to hide inside or even under lorries in order to try and get into the UK illegally has proven to be a bit too much of a nuisance to keep these area's operational. And even though it's a very import route for international traffic, this particular stretch of the A16 is still mostly used by local French commuters.
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Old January 9th, 2015, 07:50 AM   #2964
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Old January 9th, 2015, 08:53 PM   #2965
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There is a reason for this:

Traffic heading from Calais to Belgium are most likely to fill up in Belgium anyway. It's only 20 minutes over the road, and there are two major service areas close after each other (Texaco and Total). On the border itself we've got the town of Adinkerke which is a favourite stopover for lorries filling up cheap and the purchase possibilities of large quantities of tobacco. Lorry parking with facilities are widely available off the A16 in Calais, Marck and Dunkerque.

Travelling from Belgium towards Calais it's a different story. There is one BP petrol station on the A16 going southbo und and a number of lay-by's along the route which are actually closed. It's a safety issue: the number of wannabe immigrants hanging around on these lay-by's trying to hide inside or even under lorries in order to try and get into the UK illegally has proven to be a bit too much of a nuisance to keep these area's operational. And even though it's a very import route for international traffic, this particular stretch of the A16 is still mostly used by local French commuters.
Well, you are right. Immigrants to UK are the issue. Regarding the motorway section from last petrol station in Belgium on A18.be. Anyway, the smaller parking place directly at the border on French side is usually overcrowded by lorries. Is the gap concerning petrol prices long-term and significant? I did not think that the missing infrastructure on 60kms of A16 +A25 is any crutial point, but it is remarkable characteristic. A16 there is quite fine, only the felling is that the track is a bit narrow with concrete barriers on the sides. With large lorries traffic....Yes, there is only one smaller BP petrol station in Dunkerque and Total at the gateway from Eurotunnel in Calais. Thanks for info about Adinkerke. I do not know it that it is so worthy leaving the motorway and make a stop here.......For truckers.....
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Old January 10th, 2015, 10:01 PM   #2966
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A719 Gannat - Vichy

The A719 extension from Gannat to Vichy was inaugurated yesterday. It will open to traffic on 12 January around midday. It is a 14 kilometer four-lane toll road. It includes a new toll plaza near Vichy with 3 toll gates for cash/cards and 1 toll gate for télépéage each way.

The construction cost was € 100 million (€ 7.1 million per kilometer). It is operated by APRR (Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône). The toll on the new stretch is € 1 for passenger cars and € 3.30 for trucks. This is relatively low compared to some other recent autoroutes (€ 0.07 per km).

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Old January 11th, 2015, 01:35 AM   #2967
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Last week went to Baiona (Bayonne) from San Sebastian and I drove on A-63. I know works are to improve motorway to three lanes per direction but with the traffic and with thousand of trucks I felt some fear. Lanes are very narrow, I passed the car on some centimeters of distance of the trucks. And now in winter at 6 o'clock is dark.

I read in signals that works will last until 2017. (Widening of third lane from Handaye -spanish frontier- to Bayonne)
Right, but you easily overtake a truck with a car.
I do that with my van (merco sprinter) without any problem since roadworks began 4-5 years ago between Biarritz and Bordeaux.
But I recognize this is not easy when it's raining or during the night.
I broke my left mirror after the Biarritz tollgate when I overtake a truck during roadworks to build the third lane two years ago.
A roadsign was leaning on my lane, I have not been able to avoid it. It was the evening.
It cost me around 130 € !
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Old January 11th, 2015, 02:38 PM   #2968
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French lanes, even during roadworks, are fine. I've never had any issue when overtaking trucks in reduced-width lanes in France, whilst in Germany I didn't dare to fit my Renault Laguna (a car with particularly wide mirrors) between a truck and a temporary barrier.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 02:34 AM   #2969
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I know that in Czech Republic you can't overtake trucks in reduced-width lanes ,because it's too narrow.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 01:40 PM   #2970
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Old January 14th, 2015, 01:30 PM   #2971
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A150 Barentin - Yvetot

The A150 between Barentin and Yvetot (northwest of Rouen) will open on 29 January.

http://www.paris-normandie.fr/detail...-le-29-janvier

It will be a quite expensive toll road at € 3.20 for 18 km (€ 0.18 per km)

website: http://www.a150-albea.fr/
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Old January 14th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #2972
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That is expensive, but if you look at it as finishing the Rouen-Le Havre autoroute connection (forgetting about the existing one that involves crossing the Seine twice and paying a bridge toll)....
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Old January 14th, 2015, 06:07 PM   #2973
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Taking A151 + A29 is actually cheaper in tolls than taking direct route A150

The toll on A29 is only € 1.30
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Old January 14th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #2974
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So you're paying extra for the convenience of a shorter route.

Basically, France is just a country of M6Tolls, it seems.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 02:13 PM   #2975
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Old January 19th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #2976
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The A150 between Barentin and Yvetot (northwest of Rouen) will open on 29 January.

http://www.paris-normandie.fr/detail...-le-29-janvier

It will be a quite expensive toll road at € 3.20 for 18 km (€ 0.18 per km)

website: http://www.a150-albea.fr/
A150, until the 1st decade of the current century was called ... A15! Exactly like the Gennevilliers (A86) - Cergy (N14) section. It was supposed to be the same path and, if I'm not mistaken, was supposed to go as far as Dieppe - the closest city to Paris on the sea. However, something changed throughout the years...

EDIT: A15 used to be the current A15, the current A150 and the current A131
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:37 PM   #2977
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I made this video to show some of the French motorway numbering oddities. It's a bit weird that there are some autoroutes that are not signed at all -sometimes the only visible indication of them having a number is a lonely kilometer post. A55xA7 interchange is particularly impressive: it contains two more motorways within itself.
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Some of those motorways are just intersections and some of them i think not longer then 1 km.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 11:01 PM   #2979
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Old January 25th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #2980
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hahaha, Interstate-shield colours on sign 66 :lmao:
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