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European route E 01
The European route E 01 is a series of roads in Europe, part of the United Nations International E-road network, running from Larnemarker, Northern Irelandmarker to Sevillemarker, Spainmarker. There is a sea crossing between Rosslare Harbourmarker, in Irelandmarker, and A Coruñamarker, but no ferry service. The road also passes through Portugalmarker – past the city of Portomarker, through the capital, Lisbonmarker, and then south to the Algarve, passing Faro before reaching the Spanish border west of Huelvamarker.

Northern Ireland

As with all E-roads in the United Kingdommarker, the E 01 is not signed in Northern Irelandmarker. It begins in Larne, County Antrim as the A8. A short section of the A8 at Newtownabbeymarker is under motorway regulations and is signed as the A8 motorway. This motorway joins the much longer M2 motorway to Belfastmarker. At Belfast, the road becomes the A12 Westlink, a dual carriageway which links to the M1 motorway. The A1 leaves the motorway near Lisburnmarker and continues south as a mixture of dual carriageway and standard highway (single carriageway road) until a final stretch of dual carriageway begins after Newrymarker. This takes the road over the border to the Republic of Irelandmarker.

Republic of Ireland

E01 in County Wexford, Ireland
The dual carriageway continues in the Republic of Irelandmarker as the N1, which from Ballymascanlonmarker in County Louthmarker onwards is under motorway regulations and signed as the M1 motorway. The road follows the M1 south to Dublinmarker, where, in the northern suburbs, it meets Dublin's ring road, the M50 motorway. It follows the M50 through the outer suburbs of Dublin until it meets the short M11 motorway near Shankill. The M11 continues as a dual carriageway, the N11, south of Braymarker in County Wicklowmarker. This section passes through the Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve. Apart from a section of standard highway (single carriageway road) between Rathnewmarker and Arklowmarker in County Wicklow, the road is dual carriageway or motorway to south of Goreymarker in County Wexfordmarker. Following this, the remainder of the route in Ireland is single carriageway and passes through several towns and villages. The N11 continues to Wexfordmarker, where at a junction outside the town it meets the N25 road from Corkmarker. The route follows the N25 to its final destination in Ireland of Rosslare Europortmarker.

The E 01, like all E-roads, was not signed in the Republic of Ireland until 2007. The section bypassing Gorey, opened in 2007, was the first section in Ireland to carry "E 01" signage, although the route number only appears on route confirmation signs - and on no other directional signage. The number was added to most route confirmation signs on the M1 in July 2008 and is gradually being added to confirmation signs on the N11/M11.

Spain

The E 01 has two sections in Spain. The northern section is between A Coruñamarker and Tuimarker at the Portuguese border. It follows the motorway AP-9, and pass near the cities A Coruña, Santiago de Compostelamarker, Pontevedramarker and Vigomarker. The border is in the river Minho river, at the city Tui].

Portugal

In Portugal, the route is composed of the following sections, always as a motorway (called auto-estrada in Portuguese):

In the section Aveiro Norte - Lisbon of the A1, the E01 follows the same route as the E80. In that section the E80 signage prevails over the E01 signage, this last rarely appearing.

Spain

The second Spanish section is between Ayamontemarker at the Portuguese border and Sevillamarker. It follows the motorway A-49, and passes near the city of Huelvamarker. The border is at the Guadianamarker river.


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