Ballarat Road, Melbourne

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Ballarat Road
Victoria
Ballarat Road, Melbourne is located in Melbourne
West end
West end
East end
East end
Coordinates
General information
Type Road
Length 16 km (9.9 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 8
Major junctions
West end Western Freeway (M8), Ravenhall, Melbourne
  Western Ring Road (M80)
East end Princes Highway (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 is signed as State Route 8. The Deer Park Bypass (completed 2009) carries the National Highway M8 designation while the Ballarat Road from Caroline Springs through Deer Park has the blue Route 8 shield. Route 8 continues on Ballarat Road across the Western Ring Road (opened 1996) to the inner suburb of Footscray. 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 Princes Highway (Geelong Road) in Footscray and continues west through Maidstone, Braybrook, Sunshine, Albion, Cairnlea, Deer Park, Burnside, and Caroline Springs. The major junctions along the route include the Western Ring Road and the 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 were predicted to decrease to local traffic standard since its opening on 5 April 2009.[citation needed]

Beyond that,[clarification needed] to central Melbourne, Ballarat Road has a single carriageway from Braybrook and is a two lane arterial road, including one small stretch which shares the road with trams.[citation needed]

Major intersections and suburbs[edit]

Location[1] km[1] mi Destinations Notes
Ravenhall 0.0 0.0 Western Freeway (M8) – Ballarat / Adelaide
Ravenhall, Caroline Springs 0.9 0.56 Christies Road / Caroline Springs Boulevard – Caroline Springs, Melbourne via M8
Ravenhall, Burnside 2.4 1.5 Westwood Drive – Hoppers Crossing, Burnside
Deer Park 4.4 2.7 Station Road (route 40) – Laverton, Taylors Lakes
Deer Park, Cairnlea 5.4 3.4 Kororoit Creek
Deer Park, Ardeer, Cairnlea 6.2 3.9 Western Ring Road (M80) – Ballarat, Geelong, Adelaide; Greensborough, Seymour, Sydney
Albion 8.9 5.5 Bendigo railway line
Sunshine 9.3 5.8 St Albans Road – St Albans; Anderson Road / McIntyre Road – Altona, Taylors Lakes
Sunshine, Sunshine North, Braybrook 11.0 6.8 Duke Street – Braybrook, Sunshine North
Braybrook 12.6 7.8 Ashley Street – Tottenham, Yarraville
Maidstone 12.9 8.0 Churchill Avenue – Braybrook, Maribyrnong
Maidstone, Footscray 14.3 8.9 Summerhill Road / Rosamond Road – West Footscray, Maribyrnong
Footscray 15.0 9.3 Gordon Street (route 37) – Williamstown, Essendon
15.3 9.5 Droop Street – Footscray
15.4 9.6 Farnsworth Avenue – Ascot Vale
16.0 9.9 Princes Highway (Geelong Road) – Geelong continues as towards Flemington, Parkville, Melbourne CBD
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (7 January 2017). "Ballarat Road, Melbourne" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 7 January 2017.