The European route E 05 is part of the United Nations international E-road network. It is the westernmost north-south "reference road", running from Greenock, Scotland south through France to Algeciras, Spain.
The E 05 follows the route Greenock - Paisley - Renfrew - Govan - Glasgow - Gretna - Carlisle - Penrith - Preston - Warrington - Winsford - Stoke-On-Trent - Birmingham - Newbury - Southampton - Le Havre - Paris - Orl ans - Tours - Poitiers - Bordeaux - Donostia - Burgos - Madrid - C rdoba - Sevilla - C diz - Algeciras
Although the United Kingdom Government participates fully in activities concerning the E-routes, E-routes are not signposted within the United Kingdom.
The E05 follows the following roads:
- A8 and M8, Greenock into Glasgow
- M8 through Glasgow
- M74 and A74(M), Glasgow via Gretna to Carlisle
M6 Carlisle via Penrith, Preston, Liverpool and Warrington to Birmingham
- The M6 Toll provides an alternative route in the Birmingham area.
- M42, M40, A34 and M3, Birmingham via Newbury to Southampton
The E 05 has a gap at the English Channel between Southampton and Le Havre, France. There is no direct ferry link, but a ferry from nearby Portsmouth, along the M27, connects to Le Havre.
In France, the E 05 is signed. It uses the following roads: A131 Le Havre-A13
E 05 near Villebon-sur-Yvette in France
A13 A131-Rouen-Versailles-Paris (Autoroute de Normandie)
A10 Paris-Orl ans-Blois-Tours-Poitiers-Niort-Saintes-Bordeaux (L'Aquitaine)
In Spain, the E 05 is signed. It uses the following roads:
A-4 / E-5 near Manzanares in Spain
- AP-8, France to San Sebasti n
- N-I, AP-1 and A-1, San Sebasti n via Burgos to Madrid; ill signposting (A-8, E 5, E 80, E 70) at the fork of N-I and A-8 past Donostia/San Sebastian (E 5 and E 80 head actually south alongside N-I)
- M-40 around the east side of Madrid
- N-IV, A-4 and AP-4, Madrid via C rdoba and Sevilla to C diz
- A-48 and N-340, C diz to Algeciras
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