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The A1 Autoroute, also known as l'autoroute du Nord (the Northern Motorway), is the busiest of France's autoroutes. With a length of 211 km (131 mi), it connects Paris with the northern city of Lille. It is managed by the Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l'Est de la France (SANEF). The autoroute serves the northern suburbs of Paris, including the Stade de France, Le Bourget, Paris' Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Parc Astérix. From there it crosses Picardy, without directly passing through any of the major cities of the région. Throughout Picardy, the A1 runs parallel to the LGV Nord.

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A1 autoroute
Autoroute du Nord
Route information
Part of E 15 E 17 E 19
Maintained by SANEF
Length211 km (131 mi)
Existed1967–present
Major junctions
South endParis (Porte de la Chapelle)
 
North endLille
Highway system
Autoroutes of France
The A1 near Roissy-en-France
The A1 near Péronne

Around 120 km (75 mi) from Paris, between the towns of Amiens and Saint-Quentin and near the Aire de service d'Assevillers (the largest motorway plaza in Europe), the A1 crosses over the A29. A few dozen kilometers further north it forms the southern terminus of the A2, which branches off towards Brussels. The A1 is also crossed by the A26 and the A21, and it makes up part of European routes E15, E17, and E19. At its northern terminus, the A1 turns into the A25.

HistoryEdit

List of exits and junctionsEdit

 
Exit/Junction Destination
  1 Boulevard Péripherique
  2  Saint-Denis
  3  Sarcelles, Amiens via   N 1 and   A 16
  4a  Stains, Garges-lès-Gonesse
  4b  La Courneuve
  Aire de repos de La Courneuve
     A 86, Nanterre
  5  Le Blanc-Mesnil
     A 3,   A 104
  6  Aéroport CDG, Senlis via   N 17
  Aire de services de Vémars
  7  Chantilly
     Parc Astérix
  8  Senlis, Creil, Meaux
  Péage de Chamant
  9  Pont-Sainte-Maxence
  10  Compiègne, Beauvais
  11  Montdidier
  12  Amiens, Roye
     A 29
  13  Saint-Quentin
  Aire de services d'Assevillers
  13.1  Albert, Péronne
     A 2
  14  Bapaume
  Aire de services de Wancourt
  15  Arras
     A 26
  Péage de Fresnes-lès-Montauban
  16  Douai, Arras via   N 50
  16.1  Hénin-Beaumont
  17  Lens
     A 21
  17.1  Plate-forme multimodale de Dourges
  18  Carvin
  Aire de repos de Carvin
  19  Seclin
  20  Aéroport de Lille-Lesquin
     A 27
  21  Lille

European RoutesEdit

European Route Location
  E 19   1  through     A 2
  E 15     A 3   A 104 through     A 26
  E 17     A 26 through   21 

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