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On Oresund Bridge.


The European route E 20 is part of the United Nations International E-road network.

It runs roughly west-east through Irelandmarker, the United Kingdommarker, Denmarkmarker, Swedenmarker, Estoniamarker and finally Russiamarker. The length is 1880 km (1168 mi).
The road is not continuous and, at three points, a ferry must be used to continue along its length.


Ireland



The initial section of the E 20 from Shannon Airportmarker to Dublinmarker via Limerickmarker is approximately 228 km long and is only partially signed, along the M7/N7. The section from Shannon Airport to east of Limerick is mainly dual carriageway, with a short section of motorway as part of the Limerick Southern Ring Road. The Shannon Tunnelmarker, due for completion in 2010, will complete the bypass of Limerick which traffic must currently travel through. The section from east of Limerick to west of Portlaoisemarker is currently single carriageway (N7) although this section will become motorway on completion of the M7 before the end of 2010. The Portlaoisemarker to Naasmarker section is motorway (M7) , and the final section from Naas to Dublinmarker is dual carriageway (N7). A ferry must be used from Dublin to Liverpoolmarker.

United Kingdom part

E 20 follows the A5080 from Liverpoolmarker to Huytonmarker, the M62 from Huytonmarker to North Cavemarker, and the A63 from North Cavemarker to Kingston upon Hullmarker. It is not signposted in the UK.

There is no ferry between Kingston upon Hullmarker and Esbjergmarker.

Danish part

In Denmark E 20 is a motorway from Esbjergmarker to the Oresund Bridgemarker. The length of the Danish part is 315 km (195 miles).

It passes along the Great Belt Bridgemarker which 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 E 47 and E 55). At the crossing with the motorway no 21, at Ishøjmarker, there is often congestion.

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Swedish part

In Sweden, E 20 is a motorway from the Oresund Bridgemarker in Malmömarker to Nääs 30 km east of Gothenburgmarker, a 320 km (200 mi) long motorway. Furthermore, it is a motorway most of the route from Vretstorp (20 km (12 mi) west of Örebromarker) to Stockholmmarker.

The Swedish part is 770 km (478 mi) long. It is common with E 6 for a 280 km (175 miles) long route, with E 18 for 50 km (31 miles) and with E 4 for 35 km (22 mi).

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 E 20 that goes on streets in central Stockholm. People who shall catch a ferry must include some margin, like 30 minutes extra. A new tunnel, "Norra länkenmarker", is being built north of the inner city, which would be part of the E20, and remove some traffic jams, but not those along Essingeleden. This tunnel is to be completed in 2015.

Between Stockholmmarker and Tallinnmarker a 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 Tallinnmarker to Saint Petersburgmarker is 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 in Ivangorodmarker, 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. In Russia, the route coincides with the Russian route M11.

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