The drive along the European route E20 covers over 1,000 miles from Shannon in the west of Ireland to St Petersburg in Russia. Most of the road is good quality highway but given the distances covered, it is worth being aware of potential hazards to avoid a road traffic accident.
The first part of the journey travels from Shannon across to Dublin and, although the roads here are smaller than on some of the other legs, there shouldn’t be any problem of a car crash for the alert driver. There is a roll-on and roll-off ferry taking cars to Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
From Liverpool most of the E20 route in England follows the M62. This busy motorway crosses the country and has been the scene of a some major road traffic accidents. In 2001 a driver fell asleep a the wheel, swerved off the road and collided with and derailed a train. This major accident killed ten people and injured 82.
While you shouldn’t expect an incident such as this to occur on your journey, the motorway is long and can get busy so it is important to stay alert and take frequent breaks.
The M62 regularly has gridlocked traffic around junction 27 with the stretch from Halifax to Gildersome being listed as one of the most congested roads in Britain.
At the end of the road there is no ferry from Kingston upon Hull to cross to Esbjerg and continue the route so a diversion will be necessary either to Harwich or Immingham to continue the journey.
Upon reaching Stockholm you will pass through the busiest road in Scandinavia, which is said to transport 160,000 vehicles a day. You can expect congestion as the road passes through Stockholm centre and because of this it is worth allowing extra time to reach the ferry connection to Tallinn.
The ferry to Tallinn takes around 15 hours so be ready for a long trip and take any tablets you might need for seasickness.
The border crossing between Estonia and Russia needs a reservation and operates only for a limited number of vehicles each day. Even with a reservation the lines can take hours or even days to pass through so be ready to wait. The last 142km from Ivangorod to Saint Petersburg is a good road, but after such a long journey being aware of your levels of tiredness is extremely important to avoid a car crash.
If you do suffer an injury on the journey as a result of an incident that was not your fault then you could make a road traffic accident compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline. Our law firm has years of experience dealing with all sorts of compensation claims, accidents on the road being one of our specialities. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice