Haulage trucks criss-cross the continent all day and night and have redefined the map of Europe.
Financial Times contributor Andrew Byrne jumps aboard for a 3,000 km trek from Istanbul, Turkey to Dartford, UK.
Byrne discovers how the promises of a borderless EU as it expanded eastwards in recent years have failed to materialize for logistics providers with quite as much seamless efficiency as had been originally envisioned.
“It’s not the quickest way to travel across Europe, but this is the reality for drivers along Europe’s booming haulage superhighway. It’s a route with its own economy: traders and police; regulations and bribes; winners and losers.”