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Major junctions
West endCork, Ireland
East endOmsk, Russia
Countries Ireland
 United Kingdom
Highway system
International E-road network

European route E30 is an A-Class European route from the port of Cork in Ireland in the west to the Russian city of Omsk, near the border with Kazakhstan in the east. For much of the Russian stretch, it follows the Trans-Siberian Highway and, east of the Ural Mountains, with AH6 of the Asian Highway Network, which continues to Busan, South Korea. The total length is 6,530 km (4,060 mi)—3,300 km (2,100 mi) from Cork to Moscow, and 3,230 km (2,010 mi) from Moscow to Omsk. The naming is by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).


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 R254 Chelyabinsk-Kurgan. It goes along minor roads past Ishim to avoid the Kazakh border towards Omsk.

E30 in the United Kingdom

Brexit, the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union is not intended to affect the denomination or development of Euroroutes which cross the United Kingdom. This is because the Brexit vote provides no mandate for withdrawing from the UNECE, the international body which coordinates the scheme. Throughout the UK, the Euroroute network is largely unsigned.[1][3][4]

The E30 uses primary routes and motorways across the UK and is approximately 355 miles (571 km) between Felixstowe in East Anglia and Fishguard Harbour, Goodwick, in Wales.[5]

Felixstowe - London

On mainland Europe, the E30 terminates at Hoek-van-Holland where a ferry is required to cross the North Sea to Felixstowe, United Kingdom. The Port of Felixstowe is a major UK freight port with limited passenger operations present. In 2014, Felixstowe handled 28.1 megatonnes of freight, demonstrating the importance of the port within UK import and export sectors, as well as within sectors responsible for the development of UK road infrastructure concerning the E30.[6]

Orwell Bridge west of Felixstowe
Orwell Bridge west of Felixstowe

The route from Felixstowe to London:


The E30 avoids travelling through the centre of London by using the M25 to the north of London between junctions 28 and 15.

Major connections:

M4 Corridor: London - Bristol

To the west of London, the E30 uses the M4 motorway to South Wales. The destinations along this route are linked as part of the M4 corridor, named "Britain's Science Corridor" by the New York Times upon its inception in 1983.[8] This is because the destinations along the M4 route have become "hubs for the UK bases of major global high-tech companies."[9]

The London to Bristol route largely follows that of the Great Western Main Line, which serves as a major infrastructural passenger and freight route between some of the destinations along this section of the E30.

Major destinations along this route include:

M4 Corridor: Bristol - Pont Abraham

Second Severn Crossing

West of Bristol, the E30 crosses the River Severn over the Second Severn Crossing. The Severn Bridge is used as an alternative to and from Chepstow, which is not directly accessible from the E30. In Wales, the roads which carry the E30 are managed by the South Wales Trunk Road Agent on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government.[10]

The E30 serves several major industrial destinations in Wales which are largely an extension of "Britain's Science Corridor". These include:

Briton Ferry, Port Talbot
Briton Ferry, Port Talbot

Chepstow is home to several scientific research centres, for example, CreoMedical, a firm which develops medical technologies for hospitals across the UK.[11]

Newport, Cardiff, Port Talbot, Swansea and Llanelli are coastal destinations with sea links. ABP maintains a presence at some of these destinations (not Llanelli, additionally at Barry), and handles over 12 million tonnes of freight each year, contributing over £1.5billion to the economy.[12] This has been developed thanks to the historic development of infrastructure relating to the South Wales Valleys mining industry in the 20th Century, which has since declined in recent decades with the rising imports of foreign oil. This can be shown in the closure of South Wales' last deep mine in 1994.[13]

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and serves as Wales centre for governance, business and culture.[14] The devolved government of Wales is housed in Cardiff Bay.[15]

In November 2016, Brexit supporter David Rowlands AM (UKIP) argued that the Welsh Government should use trans-European Highways Access funds to maintain the M4 following the UK's departure from the EU. This would be in addition to those which Wales have already received to develop the M4 motorway in Wales. He justified his viewpoint by claiming that a large proportion of all Irish exports, both to the UK and the EU, pass along this route.[16][17]

Pont Abraham - Fishguard

The E30 is carried by the A48 and A40 from Pont Abraham - the western terminal of the M4 - to Fishguard.

Approaching Fishguard on the A40
Approaching Fishguard on the A40

Destinations along the A40 are:

At Fishguard, sea connections can be made to Ireland.

See also


  1. ^ a b 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
  3. ^ "E Roads - Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Why global governance is making the EU irrelevant". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Felixstowe, United Kingdom". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ "UK Port Freight Statistics: 2014" (PDF). 2015.
  7. ^ "Ipswich". 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ Feder, Barnaby J. (24 April 1983). "BRITAIN'S SCIENCE CORRIDOR". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Tech Map of Britain: M4 corridor". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Highways England Network Map" (PDF). 3 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Microwave surgical device maker Creo Medical to float on Aim". The Telegraph. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  12. ^ "South Wales | Associated British Ports". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  13. ^ "South Wales Coalfield Timeline". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Home - Visit Cardiff". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Welsh Government | Contact us". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Welsh UKIP politician wants Ireland to pay for road". BBC News. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  17. ^ Murphy, Darragh Peter. "UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in Wales with EU funds". Retrieved 10 February 2017.