Agra Lucknow Expressway: Details you Must know

Many infrastructure projects have been launched by the current government, out of which the Agra Lucknow Expressway Project (Greenfield) deserves a special mention. The expressway is India’s longest expressway and has been designed in a manner that it can also be used as landing and take-off strips too. This expressway along with others has helped improve the inter-state connectivity in Uttar Pradesh. This 302.2 km long Agra Lucknow Expressway is a six-lane access controlled project. This expressway runs from Agra to Lucknow and has reduced the overall time distance between the two cities from 5.5 hours to 3 hours. 

Traveling to the national capital Delhi has also been eased with the connectivity of Agra Lucknow Expressway route to the Yamuna Expressway. 

Agra Lucknow Expressway Cost

If we exclude the cost of land, the total cost of constructing the Agra Lucknow Expressway Project (Greenfield) amounts to ₹11,527 crores. 

Inauguration and Completion of Lucknow Agra Expressway 

The entire construction of the Agra Lucknow Expressway Project (Greenfield) was completed in 36 months. The inauguration of the expressway was done by the then UP Chief Minister, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav in November 2016. The expressway was opened for the public to use in December 2016. 

Agra Lucknow Expressway starting and end points

The 302.2 km long Agra-Lucknow Expressway is a super expressway that covers 3500 hectares of land, 10 districts, and 236 villages. The expressway begins from Etmadpur Madra village which is near Agra and concludes at Sarosa Bharosa village which is near the Mohan Road in Lucknow. This Agra expressway covers all the major cities in the Western UP like Etawah, Firozabad, Kanpur Nagar, Unnao, Auraiya, and more. 

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway Project (Greenfield) crosses 4 national highways and 2 state highways. It also passes by the 5 famous rivers of India. 

How safe is the Agra Lucknow Expressway? 

The Agra Lucknow Expressway route was thrown open to the public in December 2016 but in reality, it is far from completion. There are many safety issues that common people have experienced during their commute on the Agra Lucknow Expressway. First, only one side of the expressway is open for the first few kilometers since the construction is incomplete. So you need to be extra careful since you can encounter cars coming on the wrong side. Keep your car filled with gas and petrol because there are no facilities for a long distance. The only backup is the UP police patrol units which can be spotted every few kilometers. It is recommended that you should not travel at night on the expressway since there are not many people around. 

Agra-Lucknow Expressway speed limit

The speed limit for cars on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway is 100 kmph and 60 kmph for heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks. The speed of your vehicle is checked by the Agra Lucknow Expressway UPEIDA at the starting and the ending of the route. 

The UPEIDA has also levied a speeding tax for those who cover the 302 km distance from Agra to Lucknow in less than three hours. It has also released a strict warning regarding the same for the commuters. 

Traffic management at Agra Lucknow Expressway 

There is an advanced traffic management system at the Agra Lucknow Expressway. A total of 152 emergency call boxes have been installed at a distance of every 4 kms along with 50 CCTV cameras. There are 10 number plate and speed detection cameras installed on the entire expressway. To keep a check on speeding, the commuters are also served with e-challans. 

However, safety is still a major concern for the authorities who regulate the Agra Lucknow expressway route. These are the words of the UPEIDA chief, Awanish Kumar Awasthi who addressed the media in 2020: “We have put a lot of things in place. We have put an agency in place to keep the Expressway free of animals, rumblers have been put in place and ambulances have been deployed to save the golden hours. We have installed extremely good cameras on the Expressway. Anyone who crosses the road in less than three hours is automatically issued challans. These challans have brought down the accidents by 50%. However, still, we are having accidents as traffic on this Expressway is very high. Our challenge will always be road safety and we are trying to resolve that.”

Agra-Lucknow Expressway toll-free number

The toll-free number for the head office in Lucknow is +91-522-2307542 / +91-522-2307592. 

Key facilities at Agra Lucknow Expressway

The Agra Lucknow Expressway provides the following facilities to the commuters: 

  • It is access controlled with a very limited number of exit and entry points. 
  • Divided carriageway with six lanes
  • Interchanges for the major roads
  • Underpasses for pedestrians, animals, and vehicles
  • Service road along with the entire expressway except for RoBs and major bridges
  • Amenities like provision for restaurants, petrol pumps, toilet blocks, service stations, and shopping arcades at a total of four locations, two on either side of the expressway
  • Provision of an airstrip for emergency landing and take-off of fighter jets 
  • An advanced traffic management system with provisions like CCTV cameras, video monitoring, etc. 
  • A response time of 4 to 11 minutes of the ambulance and security team
  • Lighting is done through green energy
  • A developed green belt on either side of the expressway
  • Mandis developed at two places in Mainpuri and Kannauj. These mandis have access from the expressway
  • Fastag amenity for payment of toll

Agra Lucknow Expressway map

Agra Expressway

Agra Lucknow Expressway Toll Rate

There are two toll plazas on the Agra Lucknow Expressway, one in Agra and the other in Lucknow. So, one toll plaza is at the point of entry in Agra when you are heading towards Lucknow. And, if you are heading towards Agra, you will see the toll plaza at the entry point of Lucknow. Please note that there are toll plazas on the exit road as well and are for those who have to exit the Agra Lucknow Expressway to enter into a different city. 

Hike in the toll rates 

The Uttar Pradesh government has been collecting the toll tax for the Agra Lucknow Expressway since January 2018. But, in March 2021 the Agra Lucknow Expressway UPEIDA hiked the toll price for the people who wanted to travel for one side on the Agra Lucknow Expressway, the hike ranging from ₹5-25. We have curated for you a table with the old and new Agra-Lucknow expressway toll tax price.

Vehicle Type

Old toll rate

New toll rate

Jeep and car

₹595

₹600

Light commercial vehicle (LMV)

₹940

₹945

Heavy commercial vehicle

₹2900

₹2915

Vehicles with more than 7 axles

₹3720

₹3745

Impact on real estate due to Agra Lucknow Expressway 

The longest expressway of India has helped in connecting the rural areas and cities to the industrial area of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the increased tourism and visitors to the Taj Mahal, the real estate sector has also seen a boost in the market. The housing sector has also developed along the expressway. 

Strategically speaking, the Agra Lucknow Expressway is connected to the Yamuna expressway which makes for a short route to Noida for the commuters. Noida is one of the major real estate hubs in Northern India. This factor will ensure the development of the real estate of the Yamuna expressway market. 

This expressway has also resulted in swift access to the city of Lucknow which makes it easier for the people of the neighboring small cities to access it. The property market of Lucknow has also seen a boon after migrants moved back from Delhi after the emergence of the Coronavirus. 

The Agra Lucknow Expressway Project (Greenfield) is also likely to result in the increase of demand in regions like Kanpur, Etawah, Shikohabad, Unnao, Ferozepur, and more.

Additionally, after the completion of the Purvanchal Expressway in 2021, the Agra Lucknow Expressway will provide greater access to the national capital to the people of Eastern UP through the Yamuna Expressway and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. The increased demand will result in a higher property value in the NCR region due to better connectivity. 

In a nutshell

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway runway is a major development project the implications of which will be long-lasting. It will increase the connectivity with the national capital and other neighboring cities which will be beneficial for the common man. The expressway will be converted into an eight-lane highway in the future.

Is Agra-Lucknow Expressway safe at night?

It is advised that you should not go on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway at night as there are not many people on the highway. However, it is safe in the daylight since there is construction happening and you will find a lot of people around.

Which government built the Agra-Lucknow Expressway?

The 302 km long Agra-Lucknow Expressway or controlled-access highway is being constructed by the Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority and is still under construction.

Is there any toll on Agra-Lucknow Expressway?

Yes, there are 2 tolls on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. One toll is in Lucknow and the other is in Agra where the commuters have to pay the toll tax.

Is Agra-Lucknow Expressway open?

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway was inaugurated in November 2016 by the UP CM, Akhilesh Yadav. It was partially opened for the light vehicle commuters from Shikohabad to Lucknow in December 2016. The full length of the highway i.e. from Agra to Lucknow was opened to the public in February 2017.