European route E30

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E30
Major junctions
FromCork (Ireland)
ToOmsk (Russia)
Location
CountriesIreland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia
Highway system
International E-road network

European route E 30 is an A-Class West-East European route, extending from the southern Irish port of Cork in the west to the Russian city of Omsk in the east. For much of its Russian stretch, it coincides with Trans-Siberian Highway and, east of the Ural Mountains, with AH6 of the Asian Highway Network.

History

The E 30 is one of the longest European routes with a total length of about 5,800 km (3,600 mi) - 3,300 km (2,100 mi) from Cork to Moscow, 2,500 km (1,600 mi) from Moscow to Omsk. The naming is by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Formerly the route only went from Cork to Samara, with an often reported length of 4,912 km (3,052 mi).

Formerly, before 1985, this was the E 8 (London-Berlin-Brest).

Itinerary

The E 30 routes over seven European countries, and includes two sea-crossings, one from Rosslare in Ireland to Fishguard in Wales, and one from Felixstowe in England to Hook of Holland in the Netherlands.

Ireland

The ferry Rosslare — Fishguard departs twice daily, taking about 3 hours.

United Kingdom

Although the United Kingdom Government participates fully in activities concerning the E-routes,[1] E-routes are not signposted within the United Kingdom.

The nearest passenger ferries to Hoek van Holland actually depart from Harwich, across the Orwell south of Felixstowe. That ferry has 2 daily departures, one is a day crossing, the other a night crossing, both taking about 7–8 hours. It carries foot (train) passengers as well as cars, buses, caravans and freight lorries.[2] Ferries departing from Felixstowe carry freight only.

Netherlands

Germany

Poland

Within Poland E 30 follows National Road 2 and the A2 motorway.

Belarus

Magistral route M1.

Russia

The Russian stretch of this road coincides partly with the Asian Highway Network's AH6 (though this latter highway passes through Petropavl, Kazakhstan in its stretch between Chelyabinsk and Omsk, unlike the E 30). The E 30 follows the Russian main road M1 Belarus-Moscow, M5 Moscow-Chelyabinsk and M51 Chelyabinsk-Kurgan. It goes along minor roads past Ishim in order to avoid the Kazak border towards Omsk.

See also

References

  1. ^ For example Economic and Social Council Document ECE/TRANS/WP.6/AC.2/18 - 17 December 2008; Agenda item 6 Participation in the 2005 E-route census
  2. ^ For more information see: StenaLine or The Man in Seat 61 Seat61