A7 motorway (Netherlands)

The A7 motorway is a motorway in the Netherlands connecting Zaandam, via the Afsluitdijk, Sneek and Groningen to the German border near Bad Nieuweschans. The entire road is part of the European route E22, with exception of the first kilometre, between the terminus in Zaandam and the interchange Zaandam. With a length of 236 km it is the longest motorway in the Netherlands.

A7 motorway
Rijksweg 7
Location of the A7 motorway
Route information
Part of E 22
Major junctions
West end A8 in Zaandam
East endBad Nieuweschans
A 280 border with  Germany
Highway system

Motorway interruptions

The motorway A7 is interrupted twice:

  • Around Sneek, the road is demoted to a highway for several kilometres, and includes some at-grade intersections The at-grade intersections were replaced with grade-separated intersections in 2008–2010. However, it isn't a motorway.
  • Also, around the city of Groningen, it is demoted over a distance of several kilometres, mainly for the at-grade intersection with motorway A28, and for the road's small alignment through the city in general.

Both of the abovementioned sections are denoted as N7 to distinguish those parts from the motorway, for which the A designation is used in the Netherlands. The A7 together with the N7 is called the Rijksweg 7.

Speed limit experiment

From March 2011, on a section of the A7 motorway, motorists were allowed to drive at 130 km/h (80 mph), opposed to the then national speed limit of 120 km/h (75 mph). This was a government test to investigate if driving at these higher speeds have an effect on the environment and safety. The test resulted positively, and the national speed limit was raised to 130 km/h (80 mph) in October 2012.


The A7 runs across a historic part of Dutch engineering, the Afsluitdijk. This dam was originally created to protect the country's long interior coastline from floods by creating a large freshwater lake. The road over the Afsluitdijk was previously a 2-lane N road, but is now a proper motorway; the upgrade to motorway was achieved by utilising the dike's unused railway reservation for the second carriageway. Its midpoint is near the village of Breezanddijk. The former State Secretary for Infrastructure and the Environment, Joop Atsma, issued a statement detailing the factors influencing the decision to build a new naviduct on the Afsluitdijk section of the A7 at Kornwerderzand. A naviduct and new locks was costed at €200–450 million, depending on the size of locks and size of highway. A naviduct would give waiting time annualised benefits €13 million to road traffic, based on the existing bridge opening 7,000 times a year. Cost–benefit analysis of all potential solutions were considered, and a naviduct could be built to replace the locks when they reach the end of their useful life in 2050.[1]

Exit list

NetherlandsNorth HollandZaanstad42.5 S151 west / S155
53.1 A8 / E 22 northeastWest end of E 22 overlap
74.32 N515 west
Purmerend148.74Laan der Continenten
159.35 N235 east / Zuiddijk
17116 N244
Koggenland29187 N243 southwest / N247 south
34219 N302 east (Westfrisiaweg)
Medemblik362210 N241 west (A.C. de Graafweg) / Tender
392410aTuinstraat / Broerdijk
432711 N239 (Dijkweg)
Wieringermeer503112 N242 southwest (Alkmaarseweg)
553413 N240 west and south / N248 south
Wieringen644014 N99 southwest (Rijksstraatweg)
IJsselmeer / Wadden SeaAfsluitdijk
FrieslandSúdwest Fryslân10163 A31
1106817 N359 / Oude Rijksweg
1157119Tsjaerddyk / Hottingawei
1187320State AsWest end of N7 road designation
1197421 N354 south (Lemmerweg) / Lemmerweg
1197421aAkkenwinde / SelfhelpwegWestbound exit and eastbound entrance only
1207522 N354 northeast / Oppenhuizerweg / Lorentzstraat / Burgemeester RasterhofflaanEast end of N7 road designation
13685 A6 southwest / Geert Knolweg
1408725De Dolten / Nije Fjildwei
Heerenveen1428826Wetterwille / Weinmakker / Nije FjildweiWestbound exit and eastbound entrance only
14489 A32
1479126aZestienroeden / Pastoriesingel
Opsterland1529427 N392 (Koaibosk)
16510330 N381 south
16510330a N31 northwest
Opsterland17011031 N358 northwest (De Scheiding) / De Scheiding
GroningenMarum17610932 N980 north (Noorderweg) / Noorderweg / Noorderringweg / Parallelweg
18011033 N388 north (Boerakkerweg) / Boerakkerweg
Leek18411434 N372 south (Oude Postweg) / N978 north (Oude Postweg) / Pasop / Blinkweg / Lage Traan / Kapteynlaan
Groningen19111934aWestpoortboulevard / MatslootSouthern exit lies partially in Noordenveld, Drenthe
19312035 N372 south (Ruskenveen) / Zuiderweg / Roderwolderdijk
19612236 N370 north (Laan 1940-1945) / Jan Evert Scholtenlaan / Laan Corpus Den Hoorn / Paterswoldseweg / MuntinglaanWest end of N7 road designation
19612236a N370 northWestbound entrance only
197122 E 232 south (Julianaweg) / A28 / Emmaviaduct / Hoornsediep
19812337aMeeuwerderbaan / Europaweg / WinschoterdiepWestbound entrance and eastbound exit only
19912438Europaweg / Bergenweg / Lübeckweg / Osloweg / Euvelgunnebrug / Gotenburgweg / Kieler Bocht / Skagerrak
204127 N46 northwest (Beneluxweg)
20512739EuropawegEast end of N7 road designation
Hoogezand-Sappemeer21313240 N386 southwest (Rengerslaan) / Rengerslaan / A.B. Nobellaan
21513441 N385 south (Kerkstraat) / N387 north (Provinciale Weg) / Rijksweg West / Rijksweg Oost / Knijpslaan
21813542Noordbroeksterstraat / Rijksweg oost
Menterwolde22213843Kerkstraat / Europaweg / Burgemeester Omtaweg
22413944 N33
Oldambt23014045 N362 north (Rijksweg) / Rijksweg
23214446 N964 south
24015047 N367 south (Oostereinde) / N966 northeast (Oostereinde) / N967 north
24615348Ulsda / Ulsderweg / Heeresloot
Netherlands / Germany
country line
Groningen / Lower Saxony
province line
Reiderland / Bunde
municipality line
E 22 / A 280 eastBorder with Germany; this road continues as the German A280; east end of E 22 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. Atsma, Joop (3 July 2012). "Toezegging naviduct Afsluitdijk" (PDF) (in Dutch). Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu. Retrieved 2 August 2013.

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