Rash of Romanian roads – Poland

More sections of Romania’s A1 open – taking drivers to Transalpina if not quite Transfagarasan – while Poland looks forward to the next phase of its roads revival.

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ROMANIAN ROADS: ALMOST GETTING THERE.

New sections of A1 open up Romania’s trophy roads.

May 2013: on a section of A1, between Simeria and Deva, opened in December 2012. After a long day on busy, single lane roads, every moment on fresh, smooth motorway was - no kidding - exquisitely pleasurable.

May 2013: on a section of A1, between Simeria and Deva, opened in December 2012. After a long day on busy, single lane roads, every moment on fresh, smooth motorway was – no kidding – exquisitely pleasurable. Two weeks later and we could have enjoyed a further ten miles, between Orastie and Simeria.

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A rash of openings today see a vital 80 extra miles of motorway between Western Europe and one of the Continent’s best roads.

It might not sound like much but the new sections will ease the journey considerably. Progress across western Romania can be miserable due to heavy traffic on the single lane main roads.

It also means that, of the 1,299 miles from Calais to Transalpina at Sebes, only 114 miles is not on fast road.

The new sections of A1 between Deva and Sibiu include Romania’s first ever motorway tunnel, the 340m Sacel Tunnel (four hundred staff held a barbecue inside on 16 December to celebrate).

The remaining 13 mile gap west of Sibiu – between Cunta (really) and Saliste – has been set back by landslides but should open in September 2014.

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D67C Transalpina starts at Sebes but 17 miles south, past Sugag, is D106E – also called Transalpina – said to be even more challenging. D106E connects to Saliste.

While the entire western stretch of A1 should be finished by summer 2016, with around 70 miles still to build, technical problems mean the part south across the Carpathians will not be complete until 2020 at the earliest.

Eventually A1 will connect the capital Bucharest with the Hungarian border – and western European motorway network – 360 miles in total.

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Update 23.12.13: sad to say, the new stretch of A1 has already seen it’s first crash.

Read more about driving in Romania here. See EVO magazine’s recent drive on Transalpina here. See Romania’s newest high-altitude road, Transbucegi, here.

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Poland: the motorway network has more than doubled since 2007, to 2,759km of fast roads today reports @WhyEmergingEuro

Fast Roads: the Polish motorway network has more than doubled since 2007 reports @WhyEmergingEuro today, but there is much, much more to come. A rep from the roads directorate @GDDKiA told a conference we attended last year that, ‘From 2015 Poland will be a vast building site,’ (best get those plumbing jobs sorted sharpish). By 2016 Poland will have more motorways than the UK. Oh, and the speed limit is 140kmh.

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