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Are Polish roads really this bad?


sanddancer 2 | 58
10 Jul 2012 #211
Have you ever actually been to Poland?

Yes I live here... and on average see 1 or 2 accidents (or the aftermath of) a week!

It's 20 points to lose your license in Poland and most speeding fines carry only a 2 point penalty (10x2 point fines) whereas 12 in England (4x3 speeding fines)

Car insurance also is incredibly low and the cost of vehicles at the lower end of the market is incredibly cheap. Add on top of this the state of some of the cars being driven! This makes it easy for idiots to stay on the road cheaply and hard for them to lose thier licenses. The Poles however, will always blame the state of the roads!

As for road building just read the debarcle regarding the Chinese contract for the new motorways and how the Poles would only deal with Polish companies that upped the costs.
teflcat 5 | 1,032
10 Jul 2012 #212
Yes I live here... and on average see 1 or 2 accidents (or the aftermath of) a week!

Sure you're not exaggerating? I'm out on the road every day and I don't see one or two accidents and month; maybe per year.

most speeding fines carry only a 2 point penalty

Any stats for that? My last speeding offence got me six points.
Wroclaw Boy
10 Jul 2012 #213
Sure you're not exaggerating? I'm out on the road every day and I don't see one or two accidents and month; maybe per year.

Sounds like an exageration to me, but it does depend where youre doing the driving, country roads are much more dangerous than the cities.

The accident stats do remain high though, we only heard last week about a friend of ours in Poland who recently had his son killed. The 10 year old boy was crossing a main road on his way home from school which ran through a B town and was struck by a truck. The truck driver commited suicide a few days later. Its way too high.
sanddancer 2 | 58
17 Jul 2012 #214
You are such an ignorant person that I don`t even try to comment on your posts

Really what's so ignorant in what i said? The Poles gave the contracts to Chinese contractors which where made to buy materials at super inflated prices by Polish suppliers and therefore couldn't afford to finish the job. The Polish government went back to the EU with a bigger begging bowl to get the job finished.. of course this is all lies! doh!

In no other EU country have i ever seen tarmac roads with cart-ruts in them! Well done Poland!
peterweg 37 | 2,319
17 Jul 2012 #215
Is sanddancer a gdyniaguy alter-ego? Certainly sounds like one.

My thoughts exactly.
OP rybnik 18 | 1,461
8 Sep 2012 #217
So what happened with that segment of A1 that some Irsh company was supposed to build? Did they go bankrupt?
What's the reason for the delays in the other highways?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
8 Sep 2012 #218
What's the reason for the delays in the other highways?

It was just too ambitious to get everything funded and constructed in the timescales available.

Generally speaking, stuff is still moving forward - just not as fast as originally hoped. The only real mistake is with the A1 connection to the Czech Republic - there's a huge argument over the construction of a bridge there, and now it looks like it won't be opened till 2014.

But on the whole, it's not bad. On SSC, they're estimating another 150km or so of roads to open this year if the winter arrives a bit later than normal.

The latest and greatest map -

map of Poland
OP rybnik 18 | 1,461
8 Sep 2012 #219
Thanks Delph but what about this Irish company? I keep hearing references to this firm on TV but they never explain the details. Did this company promise too much? Did they run out of funds? Were they caught embezzling funds? I'm hearing about this section almost daily. Now it's got my curiosity going.
Visiting poland
9 Jan 2018 #220
I will be visiting Poland in about 2 weeks, I will have to travel from lodz to rzeszow,
On Google maps I have 3 different options all of tham about 5 hours, but with crazy difference in km.
would anyone please be able to tell what would be the best way to go with?
gumishu 11 | 5,857
9 Jan 2018 #221
the one that looks longest will be the most convenient (but partly paid)- why? - because you avoid one-carriageway roads - you head from Łódź to Katowice (double carriageway road for the most part) and in the area of Katowice you join the A4 motorway/interstate and head east - I can't tell you the exact cost but it's not overwhelming
Visiting poland
9 Jan 2018 #222
How do I pay?
jon357 69 | 18,424
9 Jan 2018 #223
Cash. It isn't very much (small change really), so make sure you have some low denomination notes and some coins.

On Google maps I have 3 different options all of tham about 5 hours, but with crazy difference in km.

If you go on a new road, be sure to make a small diversion to eat at a roadside bar (it will probably have the words Zajazd or karczma in the name). They're cheap and usually OK, the food can sometimes be greasy and bland but they generally have very good soup.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
9 Jan 2018 #224
Cash. It isn't very much

It was 20zł between Katowice-Kraków last time I went - 10zł each at the toll gates in Mysłowice and Balice.

Nice motorway actually at that point, but the Kraków bypass was a mess.
Visiting poland
9 Jan 2018 #225
How about gasoline, is there gas station on the way?
Where do I pay?
As well how about gasoline, is there gas station on the way?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
9 Jan 2018 #226
Where do I pay?

At the toll gates, you'll find them just after the S1 junction with the A4 and just before the junction for Kraków Airport, also on the A4.

Gasoline is easy, there will be plenty of places along the way, all well signposted.
gumishu 11 | 5,857
9 Jan 2018 #227
How about gasoline, is there gas station on the way?

you should be warned about the weather conditions - though it is not very likely that it will snowing according to 2 week forecasts the roads can be slippery because of freezing fog
jon357 69 | 18,424
9 Jan 2018 #228
is there gas station on the way?

No, there are no gas stations in Poland - all the cars on the new roads are pulled by horses. You'll need to bring it with you. Food too, since they are a society of hunter gatherers.
dolnoslask 6 | 3,074
9 Jan 2018 #229
Jon I am surprised this is very out of character for you to make a post like this , as we both know there are plenty of petrol stations and some also sell gas lpg.
jon357 69 | 18,424
9 Jan 2018 #230
as we both know there are plenty of petrol stations

No, only horse-pulled or wooden rollers.
Visiting poland
9 Jan 2018 #231
I love your answer and attitude.
my question was not if there is gas stations at all! my question was if it's on the main road/motorway, or if you have to get out
Joker 2 | 2,176
9 Jan 2018 #232
Jon I am surprised this is very out of character for you to make a post like this

It must be the marathon long (think Jerry Lewis) hours of posting and he`s become delusional. I seen somewhere he likes Trump also! LOL
Visiting poland
10 Jan 2018 #233
Next question
How about a GPS could I use waze or Google maps, or rather rent one with the car?
jon357 69 | 18,424
10 Jan 2018 #234
Google maps,

Lots of people use this in Poland.
goodytwoshoes - | 16
19 Apr 2019 #235
Merged:

BMW M6 in Poland



Going to be returning to Poland in my new BMW M6 soon, need to clear up some loose legal ends, close bank accounts and stuff. Have the roads improved much? Any speed cameras? or can you still do 130 mph with virtually no issues from the Police? Shout out to Germany for the great cars....


  • BMW M6
pawian 181 | 17,077
26 Sep 2020 #236
Poland has become a fully European country at last - last week I was driving on a newly renovated urban road - the surface was perfectly flat and smooth, and the manhole covers were precisely level with the ground. Wow! I was really impressed - after so many years of futile attempts, those road workers have finally learnt their fekking job. I had been waiting for it for so long.


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