- European route E20
The European route E20 is part of the
United Nations International E-road network.
It runs roughly
west- eastthrough Ireland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Estoniaand finally Russia. The length is 1880km (1168 mi).
The road is not continuous and, at three points, a
ferrymust be used to continue along its length.
Shannon Airport–N19–N18– Limerick–N7 (& M7)– Dublin
The E20, like all European routes (except, as of 2007, a short stretch of the E01, and the E201) is not signed in the Republic of Ireland. The
Dublin- Portlaoiseand Limerick- Shannonstretches are dual carriagewayor motorway, however between Portlaoise and Limerick is two-lane regular highway (and involves a drive through Limerick city). Dual carriageway/motorway is under construction or starting construction along this part of the route as of 2008 ("N7 Portlaoise-Castletown", "N7 Castletown-Nenagh", "N7 Nenagh-Limerick", "N7 Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase 2"). These four projects are planned for completion by 2010, and the N7 sections will be reclassified as motorway (M7).
A ferry must be used from
United Kingdom part
There is no ferry between
Kingston upon Hulland Esbjerg. The alternative is Harwich-Esbjerg, 3 times per week. Harwich is located 300 km (180 mi) south of Kingston upon Hull. Or one could use a daily ferry between Kingston upon Hull and the Netherlands, and drive 700 km to Esbjerg.Or|date=August 2008
In Denmark E20 is a motorway from
Esbjergto the Oresund Bridge. The length of the Danish part is 315 km (195 miles).
It passes along the
Great Belt Bridgewhich consists of two parts of 6 + 6 km. See the Danish article for a list of all motorway exits.The Great Belt Bridge and Oresund Bridge are tolled, both with more than 30 €. The Oresund Bridge is 8 km and there is a 4 km tunnel on the Danish side of the Sound. The road crosses the border between DK/S on the bridge.
The route Copenhagen-Odense is heavily trafficked, the worst part on the route is probably Copenhagen-Køge. This road has three E-road numbers (also
E47and E55). At the crossing with the motorway no 21, at Ishøj, there is often congestion.
In Sweden, E20 is a motorway from the
Oresund Bridgeto Nääs 30 km east of Gothenburg, a 320 km (200 mi) long motorway. Furthermore, it is a motorway most of the route from Vretstorp (20km (12 mi) west of Örebro) to Stockholm.
The part through Stockholm has very heavy traffic, including Scandinavia heaviest trafficked road,
Essingeleden(160.000/day). There is often congestion there and on the part of E20 that goes on streets in central Stockholm. People who shall catch a ferry must include some margin, like 30 minutes extra.
Stockholmand Tallinna car ferry departs daily, taking 15 hours. The port in Stockholm is located 5 km northeast of the inner city.
Estonian and Russian part
The distance from
Tallinnto Saint Petersburgis 360 km (225 mi). The road is mainly an ordinary road, but is a primary route for the 70 km (45 mi) outside of Tallinn. The main problem with this stretch is the Russian Border Control, which is poorly equipped for the volume of traffic using it. This is especially the case with heavy goods vehicles, which are left waiting for a long time, which sometimes runs in to days [http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_qdr=all&q=estonia+russia+lorries+OR+trucks] . In Russia, the route coincides with the Russian route M11.
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