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The Guidelines department contains the project's guidelines for articles within its scope. These exist to help editors produce high quality articles that meet accessibility requirements, and are in-line with Wikipedia's Manual of Style. If followed, these guidelines will present readers with a consistent experience when viewing articles on Australian roads.

Structure of articles[edit]

The lead section introduces all the article sections. The first sentence should provide a definition of the article subject, including location. If there is another common name (or abbreviation) for the subject, or if the road is part of numbered route, state it in the lead section. Each article should have an infobox. A map and photographs help the article.

The use of lists is discouraged; prose or tables should be used when more appropriate. For further exploration of road article structure, see road articles (from around the world) that are Featured Articles.

Infobox[edit]

The infobox is typically {{Infobox Australian road}} (though {{Infobox road}} can be used). There is also {{infobox road junction}} for articles on individual junctions or interchanges.

Route description[edit]

Each article should have a prose description of the route. One uniform direction should be followed; if a reliable source is found, the direction it uses should be followed. This would usually be a document from the relevant road authority which specifying distances from a starting point.

Otherwise, the route direction should be from the larger/more notable destination to the smaller/less notable destination (such as from a capital city to a regional town, or from a city centre to an outer suburb).

If the notability of the end points can not be distinguished (typically within urban areas), then the default directions to be used are:
  • from north to south
  • from east to west
  • from north-west to south-east

The direction for or complete or mostly complete ring roads should be clockwise. For complete circuits, use the intersection/interchange closest to the 12:00 position (ie the northernmost part of the ring road).

History / Future[edit]

Where applicable, each article should have a history section and / or a future section, describing past and present affairs of this route. Details in the future section must be verifiable and not speculation, per WP:CRYSTAL.

Intersection / Interchange list[edit]

Each article should have a list of intersection and interchanges. This section should be called "Major intersections" for roads where only notable intersections are listed; or "Intersections" if every intersection is listed. Use "Interchanges" if every intersecting road is accessed via grade separated interchanges (freeways and motorways). For roads with a mixture of at-grade intersections and grade separated interchanges, use a combined section title: "Intersections and interchnages" if there are mostly intersection, or "Interchanges and intersections" if there are mostly interchanges.

This is normally not just a list; it needs to be in a table format. These lists need to follow MOS:RJL, the international road junction list section of the Manual of Style. Templates have been set up to help, see the resources page.

Stub sorting[edit]

Categories[edit]

  • The most general category for highway and road articles is Category:Roads
  • Use the most specific categories applicable, deferring to the above only when the existing categories are not appropriate.
  • Do not place articles into both a category and that category's parent category, but use the more specific of the two.

Notability[edit]

The following is advice is general information only, and exceptions will apply. For more information on notability, see Wikipedia:Notability.

Simple notability advice (exceptions apply)
The following types of roads are likely to be notable:
  • National Highways
  • National routes
  • Major state routes - alphanumeric M and A routes, and numeric state routes of equivalent standard/function
  • Freeways, motorways, expressways, and other equivilent roads
The following types of roads are sometimes notable:
  • Minor state routes - alphanumeric C and D routes, and numeric state routes of equivalent standard/function
  • Other arterial roads
  • Historical roads
The following types of roads are unlikely to be notable:
  • Roads that are part of a Tourist Drive and are not any of the above (consider an article on the whole tourist drive instead)
  • Roads that are very short, where not much can be said about them
  • Your local cul-de-sac or side street

(Guideline 3)[edit]

(Guideline 4)[edit]

(Guideline 5)[edit]