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Autoroute A85 Langeais to Bourgeuil

Another piece of the increasingly versatile French autoroute system is now in place – a section of the A85 between Langeais and Bourgeuil (37 Indre-et-Loire, Val de Loire) to the southwest of Tours. The A85 will link the Atlantic with the Rhone without having to go via Paris – so on the west links to the A11 at Angers (for points west to Nantes and Brittany), intersects with the A10 to Bordeaux at Tours, and then on the east at Vierzon with the A71 south to Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon and the Languedoc.
There remains a longish section east of Tours towards St Aignan which remains to be completed but this latest link finally links Angers and Tours by autoroute and links the A10 and A11 autoroutes.
As yet the autoroute has no name (e.g.” l’Aquitaine” for the A10 to Bordeaux, or “du Soleil” for the the A6 to Lyon and the south) but it ought to be the “Autoroute des Vins” as it moves from the vineyards of Anjou in the west to Chinon, Bourgeuil and Touraine in the centre, and Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny, Quincy, Reuilly and Menetou-Salon in the east.

For up-to-date info on autoroute traffic and routes across France – see
Many SatNav systems include French and European maps – and they really can help you to avoid getting lost – and they’ll speak to you in English and give you the correct instructions at roundabouts – i.e. what may be the first exit in the UK can be the 3rd exit in France!
See our suggested SatNav systems for France e.g. TomTom ONE Europe
Or for more traditional map see MOT Atlas France (Michelin Tourist & Motoring Atlases)

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