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State (Bell/Springvale) Highway

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The State (Bell/Springvale) Highway,[1] also known as Route 40 or the Bell / Springvale State Highway, is the longest urban highway in Melbourne, Australia (other than the Princes Highway) linking Tullamarine Freeway and the Nepean Highway. It is classed as an arterial road,[1] and allocated State Route 40. Various street names are used along the highway – Banksia Street, Bell-Banksia Link, Bell Street, Manningham Road, and Springvale Road.[1]

State (Bell/Springvale) Highway

Looking eastbound on Bell Street in Coburg.jpg
General information
TypeRoad
Length57 km (35 mi)
Route number(s)
  • State Route 40
  • (Entire Route)
  • 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 suburbsCoburg, Heidelberg, Doncaster, Nunawading, Glen Waverley, Springvale

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

In January 2010, rail tracks in Nunawading were lowered below ground as part grade separation project. A similar project was undertaken in Springvale in May 2014.[2] As of January 2019, there are now three railway grade separations along the route, in Edithvale, Preston and Coburg. All of them will be removed as part of Level Crossing Removal Project by 2022.[3]

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 large traffic volumes along Route 40.

Alternate namesEdit

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 suburbsEdit

Bell/Springvale Highway  
Westbound Distance from
  Tullamarine Freeway
(km)
Eastbound
End Bell Street  
continues as Tullamarine Freeway  
to Bendigo
 
0.0 Start Bell Street  
from Tullamarine Freeway  
UPFIELD RAIL LINE     2.9 UPFIELD RAIL LINE    
Coburg 3.1 Coburg
Brunswick, Parkville
Sydney Road    
Campbellfield, Craigieburn
Sydney Road    
Melbourne
Nicholson Street  
4.2 Melbourne
Nicholson Street  
Melbourne, Reservoir, Epping
St Georges Road    
5.9 Reservoir, Epping, Melbourne
St Georges Road    
MERNDA RAIL LINE   6.1 MERNDA RAIL LINE  
Clifton Hill, Preston
High Street    
6.4 Preston, Clifton Hill
High Street    
Clifton Hill, Bundoora
Plenty Road    
6.7 Bundoora, Whittlesea, Clifton Hill
Plenty Road    
Fairfield, Reservoir
Albert Street    
8.1 Reservoir, Fairfield
Albert Street    
Ivanhoe, Bundoora
Waterdale Road  
10.3 Bundoora, Ivanhoe
Waterdale Road  
continues as Bell Street   11.1 Heidelberg
Burgundy Street
Rosanna, Ivanhoe
Upper Heidelberg Road  

 

continues as Banksia Street  
HURSTBRIDGE RAIL LINE 11.7 HURSTBRIDGE RAIL LINE
continues as   12.6 Greensborough
Lower Heidelberg Road    
Heidelberg, Greensborough, To   Ring Road
Lower Heidelberg Road    
Greensborough, Camberwell; Melbourne via   Freeway
Lower Heidelberg Road    
Melbourne via   Freeway; Ivanhoe
Lower Heidelberg Road      
  duplexes with  
YARRA RIVER 13.3 YARRA RIVER
continues as Banksia Street     13.6 Templestowe, Warrandyte
Bridge Street    
continues as Manningham Road  
Melbourne via   Freeway; Bulleen, Templestowe
Bulleen Road    
14.0 Ringwood, Frankston via   Freeway; Templestowe, Bulleen
Bulleen Road    
Melbourne via   Freeway; Bulleen, Templestowe
Thompsons Road    
15.8 Templestowe, Bulleen,
Thompsons Road    
Melbourne via   Freeway, Templestowe
High Street  
17.1 Templestowe, To   Freeway
High Street  
continues as Manningham Road   18.2 Templestowe, Eltham
Williamsons Road    
Templestowe, Eltham
Williamsons Road    
continues as Williamsons Road    
continues as Williamsons Road     19.0 Doncaster
End Williamsons Road    
  Traffic Lights (clockwise from Williamsons Road)
Doncaster Road     to Donvale and Mitcham
Tram Road   to Box Hill and Ringwood via   Freeway
Doncaster Road   to Kew and Melbourne via   Freeway
Westbound Distance from
    Williamsons Road
(km)
Eastbound
Doncaster 0.0 continues as Doncaster Road    
Melbourne via   Freeway; Mount Waverley
Wetherby Road  
Victoria Street  
1.7 Victoria Street
Mount Waverley, Clayton; To   Freeway
Wetherby Road    
Blackburn, Warrandyte
Blackburn Road    
3.3 Warrandyte, Blackburn
Blackburn Road    
continues as Doncaster Road     4.3 continues as Mitcham Road    
continues as Mitcham Road     5.1 Donvale
  Traffic Lights (clockwise from Mitcham Road)
Springvale Road   to Templestowe and Warrandyte
Mitcham Road   to Mitcham and Boronia
Springvale Road   to Nunawading and Glen Waverley
Northbound Distance from
  Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Donvale 0.8 continues as Springvale Road  
Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink      
0.0 Ringwood, Dandenong, Frankston
EastLink      
Melbourne
Eastern Freeway      
Melbourne
Eastern Freeway      
Box Hill, Ringwood
Whitehorse Road    
1.6 Ringwood, Box Hill
Whitehorse Road    
LILYDALE RAIL LINE 1.7 LILYDALE RAIL LINE
Forest Hill, Vermont; To  
Canterbury Road    
3.4 To  ; Vermont, Forest Hill
Canterbury Road    
Burwood, Ferntree Gully, Belgrave; To  
Burwood Highway    
5.7 To  ; Belgrave, Burwood
Burwood Highway    
Highbury Road   6.5 Highbury Road  
Ashburton, Wantirna South; To  
High Street Road    
7.9 To  ; Wantirna South, Boronia, Ashburton
High Street Road    
8.6 Glen Waverley
Northbound Distance from
  Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Glen Waverley 3.1
Chadstone, Wheelers Hill
Waverley Road  
2.2 Wheelers Hill, Chadstone
Waverley Road  
Melbourne via   Freeway  ; Oakleigh, Ferntree Gully; To  
Ferntree Gully Road    
0.5 To  ; Ferntree Gully, Oakleigh; Melbourne via   Freeway  
Ferntree Gully Road    
0.0 Dandenong, Warragul; Frankston via   EastLink
Monash Freeway      
Northbound Distance from
  Freeway
(km)
Southbound
Dandenong, Warragul
Monash Freeway      
13.4
Oakleigh, Rowville; To   /  
Wellington Road    
12.2 To   /  ; Rowville, Oakleigh
Wellington Road    
Oakleigh, Melbourne
Princes Highway    
10.6 SPRINGVALE JUNCTION
Clayton, Bentleigh
Centre Road    
To   Dandenong
Police Road    
To   Police Road; Dandenong, Oakleigh
Princes Highway    
SPRINGVALE JUNCTION Clayton, Bentleigh
Centre Road    
GIPPSLAND RAIL LINE 8.8 GIPPSLAND RAIL LINE
Moorabbin, Noble Park
Heatherton Road    
7.3 Noble Park, Moorabbin
Heatherton Road    
Dandenong; To   EastLink
Dandenong Bypass  
5.0 Dandenong; Frankston via   EastLink
Dandenong Bypass  
Moorabbin, Blackburn, Melbourne via  
Westall Road    
Moorabbin, Blackburn
Westall Road    
Keysborough, Dandenong; Ringwood via   EastLink
Cheltenham Road    
4.1 Dandenong; Frankston via   EastLink
Cheltenham Road    
Dingley Village, Mentone; To   Melbourne
Lower Dandenong Road    
Mentone
Lower Dandenong Road    
Narre Warren; Ringwood, Melbourne via   EastLink
Hutton Road    
1.8 Narre Warren
Hutton Road    
Mordialloc
Governor Road    
Mordialloc
Governor Road    
Frankston, Portsea
Mornington Peninsula Freeway    
0.0 Frankston, Portsea
Mornington Peninsula Freeway    
continues as Springvale Road   0.3 Chelsea, Patterson Lakes
Wells Road
To   Melbourne; Mordialloc, Clayton
Wells Road    
Mordialloc, Clayton
Wells Road  
Patterson Lakes
Wells Road  
continues as Edithvale Road  
FRANKSTON RAIL LINE     2.6 FRANKSTON RAIL LINE    
Start Edithvale Road   End Edithvale Road  
  Traffic Lights (clockwise from Edithvale Road)
Nepean Highway   to Frankston and Mornington
Nepean Highway   to Mordialloc and Melbourne

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c VicRoads. "VicRoads – Register of Public Roads (Part A)" (PDF). Government of Victoria. pp. 962–964. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014.
  2. ^ Springvale Level Crossing Removal Project Archived 7 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. "VicRoads". www.vicroads.vic.gov.au. Retrieved on 24 May 2014
  3. ^ Springvale Road Rail Separation Project. VicRoads. www.vicroads.vic.gov.au. Retrieved on 10 July 2009