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Old August 24th, 2007, 06:28 PM   #121
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What is the longest section you can drive without getting through toll boots?

Paris - Lyon or Reims - Lyon?
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Old August 24th, 2007, 08:04 PM   #122
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What is the longest section you can drive without getting through toll boots?

Paris - Lyon or Reims - Lyon?
i think that the longest would be if you take A4 from Reims, A26 at Chalons, A5 at Troyes, A31 at Langres, A39 at Dijon, A40 at Bourg en Bresse and take direction Geneve - you have toll barrier at Valleiry about 10 km before junction to Geneve. of yourse, it could be longer, but i'm considering only about logical routes without unneccessarly circulating
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Old August 24th, 2007, 09:18 PM   #123
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yes I think that is the longest
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Old September 18th, 2007, 10:25 PM   #124
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Here's a schematic map I made of the Lille Metropolitan Area's (Aire Metropolitaine de Lille) highway network :



It represents roads at least 2x2.

The Lille Métropole proper part is inside the circle Armentières-Wervik-Menen-Mouscron-Templeuve-Seclin.

Green=free
Blue=toll
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Old September 19th, 2007, 01:24 PM   #125
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Lille A25 is said to be horrible towards Dunkerque.
It is !
From the spot where the A22 and the A1 merge towards the Lille city misery begins.
The A1 splits up in 2 : the A25 westward towards Dunkerque and the N356 northbound Roubaix/Kortrijk.
The A25 is a kind of Lille phéripherique and is way to small until it reaches the N352 near Englos.
Traffic continues to be a real nightmare until Armentières.
After Bailleul the A25 is ok
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Old September 20th, 2007, 01:52 AM   #126
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The A25 is being re-built, but it takes a really long time!... The main problem is the coating that was used in the first place, it's made of concrete plates which is terrible!
I don't think it's too small though, when being used as a peripherique it is a 2x3/2x4 ways.
The region is building a big P+R at Armentières' train station, I hope it'll help decongestion it.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 04:25 AM   #127
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I have found some pics i've made during my vacation 2 years ago, We drove from Biarritz via Andorra towards Barcelona

The A64 somewhere near Lannemezan:



D117, somewhere near Saint-Girons:



D117, near Foix:



N20, Pas de la Casa, just before the border with Andorra. After that we took the tunnel Enough climbing for one day. Look at the snail, going where no other snail has gone



After spain we returned to the Pyrenees by following the N116 from Perpignan

N116, near Prades, this road is very busy, there was a traffic jam all the time at the passage through marquixanes.



And this beautiful view on Mt.Canigou do you get when you leave the N116 and take the road to Espira de Conflent:

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Old September 20th, 2007, 09:38 AM   #128
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I have tons of pics.

A2 Belgium - Valenciennes
A4 Reims - Paris
A6 Lyon - Avallon
A7 Orange - Lyon
A9 Spain - Orange
A20 Vierzon - Montauban
A26 Troyes - Lille
A28 Rouen - Tours
A62 Montauban - Toulouse
A64 Toulouse - Lannemezan
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Old September 21st, 2007, 09:59 AM   #129
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I have tons of pics.

A2 Belgium - Valenciennes
A4 Reims - Paris
A6 Lyon - Avallon
A7 Orange - Lyon
A9 Spain - Orange
A20 Vierzon - Montauban
A26 Troyes - Lille
A28 Rouen - Tours
A62 Montauban - Toulouse
A64 Toulouse - Lannemezan
Hi everybody,

I am a member of this web site : http://wikisara.free.fr and we seek photographies of French roads or motorway to illustrate some articles.

So I will very interested by your photos Chris1491 !
Thank you every body
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Old September 21st, 2007, 03:42 PM   #130
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http://tammuz.interinter.net/countries/f/galleries

You can find my French pics here.
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Old September 21st, 2007, 04:09 PM   #131
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http://tammuz.interinter.net/countries/f/galleries

You can find my French pics here.
Ok !

I will copie the link of these page in order to add these in our website.
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Old September 23rd, 2007, 02:07 PM   #132
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Peripherique Paris

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Old September 23rd, 2007, 03:16 PM   #133
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La voie express fantôme?

Really a curious HDR. You can see cars twice or even three times (yes, I know, bracketing).

Talking about the BP, there are many problems due to the lack of emergency lanes?
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Old September 24th, 2007, 12:09 PM   #134
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Emergency/bus lane trial underway

Technology from French firm Egis is forming the backbone for a new smart lane trial now operating in the city of Grenoble. The system allows buses to use the emergency lane at peak periods in the morning, when congestion is heavy and frequently brings traffic to a halt on the busy A48 highway into Grenoble. Business development manager at Egis Mobilité Fabien Dreveton explained that the system operates along a 5km stretch of the highway and uses technology to monitor traffic load and speed. When the speed of the traffic in the normal lanes drops lower than 50km/h, the system allows buses to move over into the emergency lane and travel at 50km/h. Should the speed of the traffic in the normal lanes drop below 30km/h or grind to a halt completely, the buses and coaches are speed restricted to 30km/h. The lane is controlled by a bank of cameras and VMS equipment and while Dreveton admits that the equipment and modifications needed are not inexpensive to install, the benefits to traffic flow (with the knock-on economic advantages these offer) can be substantial.

Entry points to the highway have been modified to give the buses priority, with lights to halt other traffic while other safety measures include additional emergency parking areas. This Government-backed trial may be extended to other cities such as Paris where traffic congestion is a problem, should it prove successful. Other possibilities for future applications of the system would be to allow trucks, taxis, high occupancy vehicles or motorcycles to use the emergency lane but for the purposes of this trial the system has been limited to buses and coaches only.
http://www.itsinternational.com/news...recordID=11776





http://www.transisere.fr/


The A48 just before the "VSP" (Shared Specialized Lane):



More photos:
http://jeblanchard.free.fr/voiebusA48/voiebusA48.html

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Old September 25th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #135
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I saw something like that on a Paris region highway (on the Paris->Bordeaux I think), at a point you can see a bus station at highway level, passengers proceed to the station via a bridge over the highway and go down to the road level.
I wonder if it was already in service though.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 12:26 PM   #136
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I saw something like that on a Paris region highway (on the Paris->Bordeaux I think), at a point you can see a bus station at highway level, passengers proceed to the station via a bridge over the highway and go down to the road level.
No, it's not the same thing.
Near Grenoble the buses/coaches run on the emmergency lane but there is no stop on the highway.
Near Paris the buses/coaches run on the regular lanes but there is a stop on the highway.

http://www.essonne.fr/ville_logement...mule_gagnante/
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 02:53 PM   #137
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Was in France a few weeks ago and travelled on the A40 from Cluses to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and back.

Officially, the A40 ends just before the road heads up into the mountain, only because the road is not motorway quality. The road is infact dual up to the Mont Blanc tunnel, save for a small bit of S2 near Chamonix that is being upgraded.

Travelling along the A40 towards Chamonix -













At one point, just at the end of the A40, the road bears left and must travel up into a valley.

Going uphill is fine, you go up this very impressive and quite new viaduct (wonder if anyone on here has more info about it??).





Impressive view of Mont Blanc at the top -





Coming down is another story. The viaduct is D2, and only carries uphill traffic. From what I can gather, the old road (both sides of it) is used as the downhill way. This leads to a downright dangerous (with a low speed limit) windy D2. Its quite an experience to drive it.







Best shown in a video, you can see the uphill traffic on the viaduct too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoKi_kHaLSo

Then the road runs directly into the A40 "Autoroute Blanche" which takes us back to Cluses (and further). No wonder its not labelled A40 up to Chamonix!!!



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Old October 2nd, 2007, 03:52 PM   #138
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Thanks for those fabulous photos! Wow, you were so lucky you had good weather! I've been there last summer, it is tied for 1st place among my list of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. I think the Mont Blanc is the only thing in Western Europe that's comparable to what you might see in the Himalayas.

Actually, the road is 2x2 (voie exprès) only until the outskirts of Chamonix, it's a normal 2-lane road from there all the way up to the tunnel. Quite a climb (from trucks' perspective) and it's also got some hairpin turns.
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Thanks

Viaduc des Egratz is the name of the viaduct if ye want to look it up more.
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 04:49 PM   #140
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Thanks for those fabulous photos! Wow, you were so lucky you had good weather! I've been there last summer, it is tied for 1st place among my list of the most beautiful valleys in Europe. I think the Mont Blanc is the only thing in Western Europe that's comparable to what you might see in the Himalayas.

Actually, the road is 2x2 (voie exprès) only until the outskirts of Chamonix, it's a normal 2-lane road from there all the way up to the tunnel. Quite a climb (from trucks' perspective) and it's also got some hairpin turns.
Maybe Qyqtor, but you don´t have to go so far, I´ll show you new pics of the Rila mountain, they are not like Hymalaya but they are like some Canadian rockwalls, I went there this weekend and took very beautiful photos. there are aktually very steep peaks with big rocks and walls.
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