Over the coming decades, road traffic is likely to increase considerably in eastern and southern Europe. International goods transporters, tourists and simple travellers will be looking for fast, safe and comfortable routes to take them between the Baltic, Adriatic, Aegean and Black Seas. A growing number will also be seeking links with the road systems of Asia and Africa. The Trans-European North-South Motorway (TEM) will meet all these needs, offering some 10,000 kilometres of high-capacity roads well-adapted to heavy and long- distance traffic. Ten nations have joined together to build the TEM in an international co-operative effort without precedent in the history of European transport. The ten participating countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Yugoslavia. Although TEM is still at the construction stage in providing an international corridor to link Europe's north and south, it is already a technical reality. Most of the elements required for planning, design and construction have already been drawn up or are in the process of being finalized. To date, over 1,700 kilometres of the TEM are under operation and 500 kilometres more are being constructed. In addition, preliminary design has been completed for over 2,000 kilometres and final design for 1,700 kilometres while the balance is in various stages of studies. When completed, the TEM will form a modern artery in central and south-east Europe ensuring quality service for traffic in accordance with commonly adopted standards. In the final phase of the project, the TEM will offter two separate one-way carriageways, each with a minimum of two lanes. Each lane will have a minimum width of 3.75 metres on straight stretches. The basic speed of the motorway has been designed as 120 kilometres an hour. (Author)

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    Trans-European Motorway, TEM

    UN Development Programme, 15, Rejtana Street
    02516 Warsaw,   Poland 
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  • Pagination: 251 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00395414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM