Ballarat Road, Melbourne

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Ballarat Road
Victoria
General information
Type Road
Length 15 km (9 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 8
Major junctions
West end Western Freeway (National Highway M8), Ravenhall, Melbourne
  Western Ring Road (M80)
East end Geelong Road (State Route 83), Footscray, Melbourne
Location(s)
Major suburbs Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Albion, Sunshine, Braybrook

Ballarat Road (in its westernmost part the Western Highway) is a major urban arterial road in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

History[edit]

Previously known as the Western Highway, the road has historically been signed as Route 8, but since the opening of the Western Ring Road the Deer Park section has been relegated to Route M8, and the newly completed Deer Park Bypass to Route 8 between Caroline Springs and Footscray (the inner city section has been decommissioned). The freeway was originally designated in the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan as part of the F12 Freeway corridor.

Geography[edit]

Ballarat Road starts at the Footscray junction of Geelong Road in Footscray and continues west through Maidstone, Braybrook, Sunshine, Albion, Cairnlea, Deer Park, Burnside, and the new Caroline Springs estate. The major junctions along the route include the Western Ring Road and the newly completed Deer Park Bypass.

Transport[edit]

Tram route 82 runs along the Footscray section of Ballarat Road, between Gordon & Droop Streets. The Melton railway line from Southern Cross runs parallel to Ballarat Road from Sunshine about 1 km to the south, with stations at Albion, and Deer Park. Several bus routes run along Ballarat Road at various points (routes 215, 216, 220, 223, 256, 400, 406, 408, 410 and 456) with 456 continuing on the Western Freeway to Melton.

With three lanes running in each direction, between Deer Park and the Western Ring Road, this was one of the worst bottlenecks in western Melbourne with traffic reaching 70,000 vehicles per day, with 10 per cent of this consisting of heavy vehicles. This caused delays, in part due to seven traffic signals between the Western Ring Road and the start of the Western Freeway. With the completion of the Deer Park Bypass traffic volumes are predicted to decrease to local traffic standard since its opening on 5 April 2009.

Beyond that, to central Melbourne, losing its dual carriageway status at Braybrook and becoming another clogged two lane arterial road, including one small stretch which shares the road with trams.

Major intersections and suburbs[edit]

Ballarat Road
Westbound Distance from
Western Freeway
(km)
Eastbound
End Ballarat Road
continues as Western Freeway
to Ballarat / Adelaide
0.0 Start Ballarat Road
from Western Freeway
Melbourne via Freeway, Caroline Springs
Christies Road
Caroline Springs Boulevard Australia W3-3.svg
0.5 Caroline Springs, Melbourne via Freeway
Caroline Springs Boulevard
Christies Road Australia W3-3.svg
Tarneit, Burnside
Westwood Drive Australia W3-3.svg
2 Burnside, Tarneit
Westwood Drive Australia W3-3.svg
Deer Park 4 Deer Park
Laverton, Taylors Lakes
Station Road Australia W3-3.svg
Taylors Lakes, Laverton
Station Road Australia W3-3.svg
Ballarat, Geelong, Adelaide; Seymour, Sydney
Western Ring Road Melbourne / Avalon Airport Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
6 Greensborough, Seymour, Sydney; Melbourne, Geelong
Western Ring Road Melbourne / Avalon Airport Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
BENDIGO RAIL LINE 8.3 BENDIGO RAIL LINE
St Albans
St Albans Road Australia W3-3.svg
8.7 St Albans
St Albans Road Australia W3-3.svg
Altona, Taylors Lakes
Anderson Road
McIntyre Road
Australia W3-3.svg
Taylors Lakes, Altona
McIntyre Road
Anderson Road
Australia W3-3.svg
Sunshine 8.9 Sunshine
Braybrook, Sunshine North
Duke Street Australia W3-3.svg
10.5 Sunshine North, Braybrook
Duke Street Australia W3-3.svg
Tottenham
Ashley Street Australia W3-3.svg
12 Tottenham, Yarraville
Ashley Street Australia W3-3.svg
Maribyrnong
Mitchell Street Australia W3-3.svg
Braybrook, Maribyrnong
Churchill Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
12.4 Maribyrnong, Braybrook
Churchill Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
West Footscray, Maribyrnong
Summerhill Road
Rosamond Road
Australia W3-3.svg
13.9 Maribyrnong, West Footscray
Rosamond Road
Summerhill Road
Australia W3-3.svg
Williamstown, Essendon
Gordon Street Australia W3-3.svg
14.4 Essendon, Williamstown
Gordon Street Australia W3-3.svg
Footscray
Droop Street Australia W3-3.svg
14.8 Footscray
Droop Street Australia W3-3.svg
Ascot Vale
Farnsworth Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
14.9 Ascot Vale
Farnsworth Avenue Australia W3-3.svg
Start Ballarat Road
from Geelong Road
15.5 End Ballarat Road
continues as Geelong Road
to Flemington / Parkville / Melbourne CBD

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 37°46′38″S 144°49′49″E / 37.77722°S 144.83028°E / -37.77722; 144.83028