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Old December 27th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #41
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rest areas of highways in your country

How do rest areas of highways in your country look like. What are normal services provided in these areas and do all lhighways (+ 50 km) have rest areas and what's the average distance between two rest areas ...
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Old December 27th, 2008, 02:57 AM   #42
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in Croatia service areas are at each 30-40 km. between them there are often rest areas with parking, toilet and maybe water, sometimes bar. at A3 service areas are even each 15-30 km, but they are ancient and bad. at new sections service areas are at really high level, we even have competitions in the summer for best service area, so they are doing hard to make them look good. i will post some pics later, it is 2 o'clock now
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Old December 27th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #43
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They are around in Ontario. However the american style rest area is absent, there are places in Ontario on Highway 400 and Highway 401 that feature full-service fueling stations and fast-food restaurants. They are provincially owned, but in the last year or two, the government is attempting to privatize them. Some have been shut down and demolished, while I know of at least one that has been shut down, reopened as a private enterprise, yet without a fueling station. I haven't seen it personally, will see it on Monday, so I believe it has food available still.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 08:50 AM   #44
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In the Netherlands rest areas aren't very good IMO. Just because distances are much smaller then in e.g. Germany. So there is no real need for good rest areas, because you can drive from one side of the country to the other with only one stop. At least if you stop every two hours. Lots of rest areas are near gas stations, and have toilets, and some bigger ones have a restaurant or even a hotel (only a few though). For trucks you need good stops though, and unfortunately that's not always the case
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Old December 27th, 2008, 12:59 PM   #45
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UK rest areas are really nice, often with restaurants and shops
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Old December 27th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #46
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Service areas in the Netherlands are usually spaced 25 - 30 kilometers apart on motorways. Rest areas without services are more frequent. The service areas usually do not feature a lot of services, because, as mentioned, you can drive through the whole country in 1 - 2 hours. (only N-S takes more time, but nearly nobody does that).
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Old December 28th, 2008, 08:02 AM   #47
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There are no American style rest areas in Mexico.

In some highways there are some signed rest areas which usually consist on a gas station and several little restaurants, cafes, little stores and parking lots.

Also, most toll plazas installed on highways have restrooms, a parking area and sometimes some tables and chairs outside fast food restaurants.

In the state of Sonora there are several designated rest areas along the main highway installed during the months of December and January to serve Mexicans living in the United States who are back in the country to visit their families for the holidays. They basically consist on a large parking lot, portable toilets and some fast food stands.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #48
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I just returned from a small trip, and I noticed a weird situation in the Netherlands on the A58 near Tilburg, where there are two rest areas within a kilometre. As in Google Maps
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #49
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You see that somewhat often in the Netherlands. Usually it's a small rest area that was later replaced by a bigger one with a gas station due to increased traffic. Volumes of 60.000 - 90.000 on rural motorways requires quite a dense gas station network along them. They usually do not close the older rest areas anyway.
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Old June 28th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #50
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a famous Uno-X station designed by Arne Jacobsen a danish architect, used to have a c-store, but for historical reasons they were not allowed to make a more modern store, so they closed it and turned it into an ice cream shop.


And here, a more modern Shell station with 7-Eleven. This used to be a YX station until 2008 when Shell and Reitangruppen made an agreement, converting 63 YX gas stations in Denmark to Shell gas stations. It is only the fuel part of the station that Shell owns, the c-stores still belongs to Reitangruppen, who has the franchise rights to 7-Eleven in DK, N and S
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Old June 28th, 2009, 08:25 PM   #51
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Wow, that's one old thread.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #52
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Still your "pleh" bump was probably a bigger bump
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This architectural one is in Los Angeles:





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Old June 29th, 2009, 01:38 AM   #54
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Isn't that gas station called Helios?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 02:47 AM   #55
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I love gas stations... especially at night, lol!
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It was asked where this was,
I think it's in Bad Gastein, and of all places, I have actually been there, stayed not far away from that station!
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Old June 30th, 2009, 03:47 PM   #57
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Repsol, designed by Norman Foster:

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Pro...5/Default.aspx



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A British Petrolium staiton in Lisbon, I took he pic especially for this therad:

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A British Petrolium staiton in Lisbon, I took he pic especially for this therad:

Is that apartments on the top of the store? awesome.
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Repsol, designed by Norman Foster:

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Pro...5/Default.aspx



Looks like the old central market of Casablanca.
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