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Changes to French Road Numbering

Posted By: Stephen Dee
Date: 18 September 2008

Beware when plotting routes on French Roads. One controversial decision by the current French Government was to move the responsibilities for main long distance roads, “Route Nationale - “N” roads” from central government to the Departments. I was aware of some renumbering taking place when I visited France last year, but thought it was just a few Route Nationales which were duplicated by autoroutes. It appears that all Route Nationales will transfer to Departments control and be renumbered as a Department road with a “D” number.

This impacts in three ways:

1. Those with older maps will find the road numbers do not tie up with their maps
2. In some areas one may end up planning to use a “D” road which could be a very busy one as it was previously a “Route Nationale”.
3. When planning a route in the car to a Tandem Club Rally on what were “N” roads, you will have to translate the route into many different “D”roads, eg, N1 which went north from Paris to Boulogne-sur-Mer, is now numbered as D301 in Oise, D1001 in the next department and so on.

This change is taking place gradually and hence road maps are in a state of flux when it comes to road numbering - eg the 2007 edition of a Michelin road map shows the N1 as the N1, but the 2008 Michelin Department map 305 shows the road as the D301 and D1001 etc

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