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Old June 4th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #14481
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Old June 4th, 2016, 08:47 PM   #14482
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So, Pristina is now in Kyrgyzstan?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 11:24 PM   #14483
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N-152/N20 crossing from Spain to France in the Pyrenees. I shot this video days after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, with France paranoid about its borders. Waiting times of 2 hours were reported in the border crossing of El Pertús/Le Perthus due to border checks, so I chose to go to Toulouse from Barcelona the hard way (through the Pyrenees) and ended up saving 1 hour or more. You can see how difficult it was for me to get through the border -in fact, it could have been even easier if I had taken the bypass of Bourg-Madame, but I wanted to drive French N20 from its very ending .



A full upgrade of E9 to motorway standards has been long promised by politicians of both countries, but I honestly think that it will never see the light. This corridor is a bit forgotten, with all traffic (road&rail) using the coastal route via Narbonne to avoid the mountains. In fact, a train ride from Barcelona to Latour-de-Carol will take you more than 3 hours in a bare commuter train, and then you have to take another one because there are no international services.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #14484
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Old June 6th, 2016, 03:28 PM   #14485
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So, Pristina is now in Kyrgyzstan?
The correct country code for Kosovo is RKS (Republic of Kosovo).
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Old June 6th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #14486
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The correct country code for Kosovo is RKS (Republic of Kosovo).
According to Wikipedia, KS was used in 1999-2010 period. RKS appeared for the first time in 2010 when new Kosovo license plates were issued.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 08:40 PM   #14487
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A full upgrade of E9 to motorway standards has been long promised by politicians of both countries, but I honestly think that it will never see the light.
However there is a big need for such an upgrade, because it is after the A7 and the A1 the third motorway in France with the most traffic. There are plans for an upgrade.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 08:54 PM   #14488
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However there is a big need for such an upgrade, because it is after the A7 and the A1 the third motorway in France with the most traffic. There are plans for an upgrade.
I said E9 not A9 Traffic on most of E9 in France is not very high, but N20 in the Pyrenees (which is part of E9) carries more than 10.000 vehicles per day in old two-lane roadways.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 06:01 AM   #14489
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N-152/N20 crossing from Spain to France in the Pyrenees. I shot this video days after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, with France paranoid about its borders. Waiting times of 2 hours were reported in the border crossing of El Pertús/Le Perthus due to border checks, so I chose to go to Toulouse from Barcelona the hard way (through the Pyrenees) and ended up saving 1 hour or more. You can see how difficult it was for me to get through the border -in fact, it could have been even easier if I had taken the bypass of Bourg-Madame, but I wanted to drive French N20 from its very ending .



A full upgrade of E9 to motorway standards has been long promised by politicians of both countries, but I honestly think that it will never see the light. This corridor is a bit forgotten, with all traffic (road&rail) using the coastal route via Narbonne to avoid the mountains. In fact, a train ride from Barcelona to Latour-de-Carol will take you more than 3 hours in a bare commuter train, and then you have to take another one because there are no international services.
Funny thing: at 2:57 there's another border crossing. If you take the left exit you enter Spain and have a paved road straight to Puigcerda's hospital. There are many crossings around Puigcerda, but most are only known by locals.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #14490
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Old June 8th, 2016, 12:23 PM   #14491
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A full upgrade of E9 to motorway standards has been long promised by politicians of both countries, but I honestly think that it will never see the light. This corridor is a bit forgotten, with all traffic (road&rail) using the coastal route via Narbonne to avoid the mountains. In fact, a train ride from Barcelona to Latour-de-Carol will take you more than 3 hours in a bare commuter train, and then you have to take another one because there are no international services.
I agree with you, upgrading the remaining parts of E9 to motorway standards would be terribly expensive.

As a matter of fact, in 2009 the Catalan regional government published a study to upgrade the 20 km section between Berga (current end of the C-16 motorway coming from Barcelona) and Bagà, with an estimated cost of 631M€ (32.5 M€/km). You can see that study, with lots of images, renders and maps in this link:

http://www.vilada.net/docs/activitat...-%206-3-09.pdf

That project was abandoned and now the idea is to upgrade only 6.5 km (between Berga and Cercs) to motorway standards, and to widen the remaining section between Cercs and Bagà (13.5 km) with a reversible middle lane, which would be open to northbound or southbound traffic depending on traffic levels. That section would also have a movable central reservation, something I've never seen before in Spain.

http://www.govern.cat/pres_gov/AppJa...ilometres.html

In any case, I don't think we'll ever see an upgrade between Bagà and the French border in Puigcerdà (29 km), as it would involve building the second tube of the 5 km long Cadí tunnel. Besides, building a motorway through the Cerdanya plateau would involve for sure a huge amount of nimbysm, as the Cerdanya area is known for its environmental value... and the big number of people from Barcelona having second houses there.

Finally, I'd like to add that between 2013 and 2015 the Puymorens tunnel was closed every summer season (between April and November) due to safety upgrades being carried out. Fortunately, I've read these works have ended and now the tunnel is open the whole year.
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Old June 8th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #14492
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According to Wikipedia, KS was used in 1999-2010 period. RKS appeared for the first time in 2010 when new Kosovo license plates were issued.
The official oval for Kosovo is YU
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Old June 8th, 2016, 11:05 PM   #14493
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And KS stands for Kyrgyzstan (although they use KGZ instead IIRC).
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 06:59 AM   #14495
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Old June 25th, 2016, 02:57 PM   #14498
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Just a short question.
What documents does a EU citizen need to cross Bosnia & Herzegovina's territory in Neum? Is an ID card enough?
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Old June 25th, 2016, 03:28 PM   #14499
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What documents does a EU citizen need to cross Bosnia & Herzegovina's territory in Neum? Is an ID card enough?
Nationals of EU countries, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia and Switzerland can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina visa-free for up to 90 days with either a passport or a national identity card.
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Old June 25th, 2016, 03:34 PM   #14500
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Is an EU identity card good for Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia as well?
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