European route E16

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Coordinates: 54°59′38″N 7°19′34″W / 54.994°N 7.326°W / 54.994; -7.326

E16 shield

E16
Route information
Length: 1,180 km (730 mi)
Major junctions
West end: Derry (Northern Ireland)
  E18 Sandvika (Norway)
East end: Gävle (Sweden)
Location
Countries:  United Kingdom
 Norway
 Sweden
Highway system
International E-road network

European route E 16 is the designation of a main west-east road through Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Sweden, from Derry to Gävle, via Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, previously by ferry to Bergen, Voss, through the Gudvanga Tunnel and the Lærdal Tunnel (the world's longest road tunnel), Lærdal, over Filefjell to Fagernes, Hønefoss, Gardermoen and Kongsvinger. In Sweden it passes Malung, Falun and ends in Gävle.[1]

In Northern Ireland, it follows the A6 from Derry to Randalstown, then the M22 and M2 to Belfast. In Scotland it follows the A8 from Greenock, then the M8 from Bishopton through Glasgow to Edinburgh (using the A8 again for the section between junctions 8 and 6 of the M8).

The E16 is the main road between Norway's two largest cities Oslo and Bergen, and the only mountain pass between Oslo and Bergen that is rarely closed due to snowstorms and blizzards. Outside winter, route 7 is at least as popular between Oslo and Bergen, since it is shorter.

E16 meets the E01 and E18 in Belfast, the E5 in Glasgow, the E15 in Edinburgh, the European route E39 in Bergen, and finally the E18 again in Sandvika. After the extension it meets the European route E6 at Gardermoen, European route E45 between Torsby and Malung, and European route E4 in Gävle.

History[edit]

In 2011 it was decided to extend E16 from the Oslo region eastwards through Kongsvinger, Torsby, Malung, Borlänge to Gävle in Sweden.[2][3] The signposting took place autumn 2012.

Route through Norway[edit]

From Bergen it goes thru valley Nærøydalen,[4] thru Oslo and Kongsvinger and on into Swedish territory.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UN ECE European Agreement on Main International Traffic Arteries (AGR)
  2. ^ 60°40′30″N 17°08′31″E / 60.675°N 17.142°E / 60.675; 17.142
  3. ^ http://e16.se/files/media/Norges.eng.pdf
  4. ^ – Som å spele russisk rulett med liva våre