Metropolitan Route 40, Melbourne

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Metropolitan Route 40
Bell/Springvale State Highway
Victoria
Looking eastbound on Bell Street in Coburg.jpg
General information
Type Highway
Length 57 km (35 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 40
  • (Entire Route)
  • Duplexes:
  • Tourist Route 2
  • (Heidelberg - Bulleen)
  • State Route 47
  • (Templestowe Lower - Doncaster)
  • State Route 36
  • (Doncaster - Donvale)
Former
route number
State Route 11
Along Springvale Road
Major junctions
West end Tullamarine Freeway, Strathmore, Melbourne
 
South end Nepean Highway, Edithvale, Melbourne
Location(s)
Major settlements Coburg, Heidelberg, Doncaster, Nunawading, Glen Waverley, Springvale
Highway system
Highways in Australia
National HighwayFreeways in Australia
Highways in Victoria

Route 40, or the Bell / Springvale State Highway is the longest urban highway in Melbourne (other than the Princes Highway) linking Tullamarine Freeway and the Nepean Highway, allotted metropolitan route 40.

The highway experiences considerable congestion. Throughout the 1980s and '90s, the Doncaster Road section carried around 50,000 vehicles per hour at peak, this number dropped in 1997 after the extension of the Eastern Freeway.

Several level crossings are located along the highway, in Edithvale, Preston and Coburg. With the completion of works in January 2010 to lower the rail line in Nunawading, plus an older one in Heidelberg, there are now two railway grade separations along the route.[1] As of May 2014, a level crossing at Springvale has also been removed. [2]

The road itself varies in capacity over its length between three-laned dual carriageways and two-way single carriageways. Many junctions such as the Nepean Highway, Princes Highway, Monash Freeway, Eastern Freeway, Hume Highway and Tullamarine Freeway contribute to traffic volumes along Route 40.

Alternate names[edit]

There are a variety of street names along the route, many of which are familiar to motorists and used on radio traffic updates, including:

  • Bell Street (from Strathmore to Heidelberg)
  • Banksia Street (within Heidelberg)
  • Manningham Road (from Bulleen to Doncaster)
  • Williamsons Road (within central Doncaster)
  • Doncaster Road (from Doncaster to Donvale)
  • Mitcham Road (within Donvale)
  • Springvale Road (from Donvale to Chelsea Heights)
  • Edithvale Road (formerly Springvale Road) (from Chelsea Heights to Edithvale)

The original 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan showed the F4 Freeway following the Tullamarine Freeway, Bell and Banksia Streets, to Williamsons Road then joining the F7 Freeway heading south along the Middleborough Road and the Blackburn Road corridor to the F2 Freeway (Dingley Freeway section) between Clayton and Westall Roads (rather than Springvale Road).

Major intersections and suburbs[edit]

Bell/Springvale Highway Australian state route 40.svg
Westbound Distance from
Australian state route 43.svg Tullamarine Freeway
(km)
Eastbound
End Bell Street Australian state route 40.svg
continues as Tullamarine Freeway Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 43.svg
to Bendigo
Melbourne / Avalon Airport
0.0 Start Bell Street Australian state route 40.svg
from Tullamarine Freeway Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 43.svg
UPFIELD RAIL LINE Level Crossing Pedestrian Crossing 2.9 UPFIELD RAIL LINE Level Crossing Pedestrian Crossing
Coburg 3.1 Coburg
Brunswick, Parkville
Sydney Road Australian state route 55.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Campbellfield, Craigieburn
Sydney Road Australian state route 55.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne
Nicholson Street Australia W3-3.svg
4.2 Melbourne
Nicholson Street Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne, Reservoir, Epping
St Georges Road Australian state route 45.svg Australia W3-3.svg
5.9 Reservoir, Epping, Melbourne
St Georges Road Australian state route 45.svg Australia W3-3.svg
SOUTH MORANG RAIL LINE Level Crossing 6.1 SOUTH MORANG RAIL LINE Level Crossing
Clifton Hill, Preston
High Street Australian state route 29.svg Australia W3-3.svg
6.4 Preston, Clifton Hill
High Street Australian state route 29.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Clifton Hill, Bundoora
Plenty Road Australian state route 27.svg Australia W3-3.svg
6.7 Bundoora, Whittlesea, Clifton Hill
Plenty Road Australian state route 27.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Fairfield, Reservoir
Albert Street Australian state route 21.svg Australia W3-3.svg
8.1 Reservoir, Fairfield
Albert Street Australian state route 21.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Ivanhoe, Bundoora
Waterdale Road Australia W3-3.svg
10.3 Bundoora, Ivanhoe
Waterdale Road Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Bell Street Australian state route 40.svg 11.1 Heidelberg
Burgundy Street
Rosanna, Ivanhoe
Upper Heidelberg Road Australian state route 46.svg

Grade Separated Intersection

continues as Banksia Street Australian state route 40.svg
HURSTBRIDGE RAIL LINE 11.7 HURSTBRIDGE RAIL LINE
continues as Australian state route 40.svg 12.6 Greensborough
Lower Heidelberg Road Australian state route 44.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Heidelberg, Greensborough, To Ring Road
Lower Heidelberg Road Australian state route 44.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Greensborough, Camberwell; Melbourne via Freeway
Lower Heidelberg Road Australian state route 44.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne via Freeway; Ivanhoe
Lower Heidelberg Road Australian Tourist Drive 2.svg Australian state route 44.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Australian Tourist Drive 2.svg duplexes with Australian state route 40.svg
YARRA RIVER 13.3 YARRA RIVER
continues as Banksia Street Australian Tourist Drive 2.svg Australian state route 40.svg 13.6 Templestowe, Warrandyte
Bridge Street Australian Tourist Drive 2.svg Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Manningham Road Australian state route 40.svg
Melbourne via Freeway; Bulleen, Templestowe
Bulleen Road Australian state route 52.svg Australia W3-3.svg
14.0 Ringwood, Frankston via Freeway; Templestowe, Bulleen
Bulleen Road Australian state route 52.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne via Freeway; Bulleen, Templestowe
Thompsons Road Australian state route 42.svg Australia W3-3.svg
15.8 Templestowe, Bulleen,
Thompsons Road Australian state route 42.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne via Freeway, Templestowe
High Street Australia W3-3.svg
17.1 Templestowe, To Freeway
High Street Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Manningham Road Australian state route 40.svg 18.2 Templestowe, Eltham
Williamsons Road Australian state route 47.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Templestowe, Eltham
Williamsons Road Australian state route 47.svg Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Williamsons Road Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 47.svg
continues as Williamsons Road Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 47.svg 19.0 Doncaster
End Williamsons Road Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 47.svg
Australia W3-3.svg Traffic Lights (clockwise from Williamsons Road)
Doncaster Road Australian state route 36.svg Australian state route 40.svg to Donvale and Mitcham
Tram Road Australian state route 47.svg to Box Hill and Ringwood via Freeway
Doncaster Road Australian state route 36.svg to Kew and Melbourne via Freeway
Westbound Distance from
Australian state route 40.svg Australian state route 47.svg Williamsons Road
(km)
Eastbound
Doncaster 0.0 continues as Doncaster Road Australian state route 36.svg Australian state route 40.svg
Melbourne via Freeway; Mount Waverley
Wetherby Road Australian state route 23.svg
Victoria Street Australia W3-3.svg
1.7 Victoria Street
Mount Waverley, Clayton; To Freeway
Wetherby Road Australian state route 23.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Blackburn, Warrandyte
Blackburn Road Australian state route 13.svg Australia W3-3.svg
3.3 Warrandyte, Blackburn
Blackburn Road Australian state route 13.svg Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Doncaster Road Australian state route 36.svg Australian state route 40.svg 4.3 continues as Mitcham Road Australian state route 36.svg Australian state route 40.svg
continues as Mitcham Road Australian state route 36.svg Australian state route 40.svg 5.1 Donvale
Australia W3-3.svg Traffic Lights (clockwise from Mitcham Road)
Springvale Road Australian state route 52.svg to Templestowe and Warrandyte
Mitcham Road Australian state route 36.svg to Mitcham and Boronia
Springvale Road Australian state route 40.svg to Nunawading and Glen Waverley
Northbound Distance from
Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Donvale 0.8 continues as Springvale Road Australian state route 40.svg
Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
0.0 Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne
Eastern Freeway Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne
Eastern Freeway Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
Box Hill, Ringwood
Whitehorse Road Australian state route 34.svg Australia W3-3.svg
1.6 Ringwood, Box Hill
Whitehorse Road Australian state route 34.svg Australia W3-3.svg
LILYDALE RAIL LINE 1.7 LILYDALE RAIL LINE
Forest Hill, Vermont; To
Canterbury Road Australian state route 32.svg Australia W3-3.svg
3.4 To ; Vermont, Forest Hill
Canterbury Road Australian state route 32.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Burwood, Ferntree Gully, Belgrave; To
Burwood Highway Australian state route 26.svg Australia W3-3.svg
5.7 To ; Belgrave, Burwood
Burwood Highway Australian state route 26.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Highbury Road Australia W3-3.svg 6.5 Highbury Road Australia W3-3.svg
Ashburton, Wantirna South; To
High Street Road Australian state route 24.svg Australia W3-3.svg
7.9 To ; Wantirna South, Boronia, Ashburton
High Street Road Australian state route 24.svg Australia W3-3.svg
8.6 Glen Waverley
Northbound Distance from
Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Glen Waverley 3.1
Chadstone, Wheelers Hill
Waverley Road Australia W3-3.svg
2.2 Wheelers Hill, Chadstone
Waverley Road Australia W3-3.svg
Melbourne via Freeway Melbourne / Avalon Airport; Oakleigh, Ferntree Gully; To
Ferntree Gully Road Australian state route 22.svg Australia W3-3.svg
0.5 To ; Ferntree Gully, Oakleigh; Melbourne via Freeway Melbourne / Avalon Airport
Ferntree Gully Road Australian state route 22.svg Australia W3-3.svg
0.0 Dandenong, Warragul; Frankston via EastLink
Monash Freeway Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
Northbound Distance from
Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Dandenong, Warragul
Monash Freeway Grade Separated Intersection Australia W3-3.svg
13.4
Oakleigh, Rowville; To /
Wellington Road Australian state route 18.svg Australia W3-3.svg
12.2 To / ; Rowville, Oakleigh
Wellington Road Australian state route 18.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Oakleigh, Melbourne
Princes Highway Australian Alternate Route 1.svg Australia W3-3.svg
10.6 SPRINGVALE JUNCTION
Clayton, Bentleigh
Centre Road Australian state route 16.svg Australia W3-3.svg
To Australian Alternate Route 1.svg Dandenong
Police Road Australian state route 16.svg Australia W3-3.svg
To Australian state route 16.svg Police Road; Dandenong, Oakleigh
Princes Highway Australian Alternate Route 1.svg Australia W3-3.svg
SPRINGVALE JUNCTION Clayton, Bentleigh
Centre Road Australian state route 16.svg Australia W3-3.svg
GIPPSLAND RAIL LINE Level Crossing Queens Avenue / Sandown Road 8.8 GIPPSLAND RAIL LINE Level Crossing Sandown Road / Lightwood Road / Queens Avenue
Moorabbin, Noble Park
Heatherton Road Australian state route 14.svg Australia W3-3.svg
7.3 Noble Park, Moorabbin
Heatherton Road Australian state route 14.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Dandenong; To EastLink
Dingley Arterial Australia W3-3.svg
Under construction
5.0 Dandenong; Frankston via EastLink
Dingley Arterial Australia W3-3.svg
Under construction
Moorabbin, Blackburn, Melbourne via
Westall Road Australian state route 49.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Moorabbin, Blackburn
Westall Road Australian state route 49.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Keysborough, Dandenong; Ringwood via EastLink
Cheltenham Road Australian state route 10.svg Australia W3-3.svg
4.1 Dandenong; Frankston via EastLink
Cheltenham Road Australian state route 10.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Dingley Village, Mentone; To Australian state route 3.svg Melbourne
Lower Dandenong Road Australian state route 10.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Mentone
Lower Dandenong Road Australian state route 10.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Narre Warren; Ringwood, Melbourne via EastLink
Hutton Road Australian state route 12.svg Australia W3-3.svg
1.8 Narre Warren
Hutton Road Australian state route 12.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Mordialloc
Governor Road Australian state route 12.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Mordialloc
Governor Road Australian state route 12.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Frankston, Portsea
Mornington Peninsula Freeway Australia W3-3.svg
0.0 Frankston, Portsea
Mornington Peninsula Freeway Australian Alphanumeric State Route M11.png Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Springvale Road Australian state route 40.svg 0.3 Chelsea, Patterson Lakes
Wells Road
To Australian state route 3.svg Melbourne; Mordialloc, Clayton
Wells Road Australian state route 23.svg Australia W3-3.svg
Mordialloc, Clayton
Wells Road Australian state route 23.svg
Patterson Lakes
Wells Road Australia W3-3.svg
continues as Edithvale Road Australian state route 40.svg
FRANKSTON RAIL LINE Level Crossing Station Street 2.6 FRANKSTON RAIL LINE Level Crossing Station Street
Start Edithvale Road Australian state route 40.svg End Edithvale Road Australian state route 40.svg
Australia W3-3.svg Traffic Lights (clockwise from Edithvale Road)
Nepean Highway Australian state route 3.svg to Frankston and Mornington
Nepean Highway Australian state route 3.svg to Mordialloc and Melbourne

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Springvale Road Rail Separation Project. VicRoads. www.vicroads.vic.gov.au. Retrieved on 10 July 2009
  2. ^ Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project. "VicRoads". www.vicroads.vic.gov.au. Retrieved on 24 May 2014