General Holmes Drive
General Holmes Drive
General Holmes Drive, looking southwest from a aeroplane located at the Sydney Airport
|Length||5 km (3.1 mi)|
|NE end||Joyce Drive|
| Southern Cross Drive (M1)|
M5 East Motorway (M5)
|SW end|| The Grand Parade (A1)|
|Major suburbs / towns||Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport|
General Holmes Drive is a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) major divided road located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The road forms part of the M1, the A1, the Sydney Orbital Network, and the Australian Highway 1 network. Initially built in 1919 as a two-lane road and duplicated in 1951, the road partially circumnavigates Sydney Airport with its north-western terminus in Mascot, heading east and then south and then south-east, with its south-eastern terminus with The Grand Parade in Ramsgate.
In the northwest, General Holmes Drive starts from Joyce Drive in Mascot, and heads east, reaching a major intersection with Wentworth Drive that carries all traffic exiting from the domestic terminals at Sydney Airport. Further east in Botany, the road meets the Mill Pond Road, a short road that connects with the Southern Cross Drive, carrying traffic north towards the Sydney central business district, with the south-westbound route providing access to both the international and the domestic terminals at Sydney Airport. Via an interchange, General Holmes Drive heads south, forming a junction with Foreshore Drive that carries traffic to Port Botany and La Perouse. General Holmes Drive then heads through the Sydney Airport Tunnel, an eight-lane tidal flow culvert under the south-eastern runways of Sydney Airport. As the road exits the tunnel, there is a major exit to the M5 East. The road crosses over the Cooks River via the Endeavour Bridge, continues southeast into the suburbs of Kyeemagh and Brighton-Le-Sands, before terminating in Ramsgate at the junction with The Grand Parade that carrier traffic towards Sutherland and Wollongong.
Traffic runs in three lanes in both directions through Kyeemagh, becoming four lanes after the M5 East junction. The M5 East can only be accessed southbound, and traffic joins General Holmes Drive northbound.
Exits and interchanges
|Bayside||Mascot||0||0.0||Botany Road – Mascot, Redfern, Maroubra, Sydney CBD||North-eastern terminus at traffic lights|
|0.2||0.12||Joyce Drive north / Ross Smith Avenue west – Sydney Airport||Traffic light intersection|
|Botany||0.7||0.43||Mill Pond Drive – Botany, Maroubra, Sydney CBD||Traffic light intersection|
|1.0||0.62||To Foreshore Road – Port Botany||Southbound exit only|
|1.2||0.75||Southern Cross Drive (M1) – Randwick, Sydney CBD||Northbound exit and southbound entrance at partial Y interchange;|
Route transition: no route number north, M1 continues south from Southern Cross Drive
|1.6||0.99||Foreshore Road – Port Botany, La Perouse||North-eastbound exit and entrance|
|2.2||1.4||Foreshore Road – no exit||Westbound entrance only|
|3.1||1.9||M5 Motorway – Liverpool, Canberra||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance at partial Y interchange;|
Route transition: M1 eastbound, A1 south-westbound
|Kyeemagh||4.3||2.7||Bestic Street – Rockdale||Traffic light intersection|
|Ramsgate Beach||5.1||3.2||The Grand Parade (A1) – Wollongong, Nowra||South-Western terminus: continues south as The Grand Parade|
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