Toodyay Road is a mostly 2-lane undivided single carriageway in Western Australia, running from the north-eastern Perth suburb of Middle Swan, through Gidgegannup and Bailup, to the Wheatbelt town of Toodyay. It is signposted as State Route 50.
Toodyay Road railway crossing, Middle Swan
|Length||64 km (40 mi)|
|Route number(s)||State Route 50|
|Southwest end||Great Northern Highway (National Route 1),|
|Northeast end||Goomalling-Toodyay Road,|
Toodyay Road travels in a north-easterly direction from Perth's north-east to Toodyay, via the following towns and localities:
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A road to Toodyay has existed since at least 1838. Originally referred to as Newcastle Road the road's name was not officially recorded until 1932 when the Midland Junction Municipal Council was advise by the department of Lands and Surveys of a number of unnamed roads in its area. It was decided that it would be a good opportunity to rename the road to reflect the name change of Newcastle to Toodyay which had occurred in 1910.
There are long term plans to bypass Great Eastern Highway's current ascent of the Darling Scarp, using part of Toodyay Road. Planning for a new major road network in Perth's eastern corridor began in the 1970s. Early planning efforts between 1978 and 1981 for a new highway reservation from Mundaring to Wooroloo encountered community opposition, and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) requested a more detailed environmental assessment. In 1985, a study into the primary east-west traffic routes in the area was commissioned by the Main Roads Department, Metropolitan Region Planning Authority,[note 1] Shire of Mundaring, and Shire of Swan. It recommended a new alignment, known as the "Orange Route", be selected for the Perth to Adelaide National Highway. Alternative routes were identified using other colours as codenames. The new national highway would travel north-east along Toodyay Road from Roe Highway to beyond , and then deviate east via the proposed Orange Route to meet Great Eastern Highway near . The ultimate design of the highway includes grade separated interchanges for all of the roads that it intersects. The Orange Route received environmental approval on 22 November 1989. Detailed planning for the Clackline to Wooroloo section of the Orange Route was undertaken in 1998. As of June 2012[update], construction of the Orange Route is not a priority for Main Roads. The project was not in the forward works program, there was no indication of the expected starting date, and no recent cost analysis had been undertaken. Plans are still in development, but funding for the project is a federal government responsibility.
- Later known as the State Planning Commission, now the Western Australian Planning Commission
- "THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL". The Perth Gazette and Western Australian Journal. WA: National Library of Australia. 18 August 1838. p. 130. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "UN-NAMED ROADS". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 18 October 1932. p. 11. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- Eastern corridor major roads study (PDF). Perth: Environmental Protection Authority. July 1989. pp. 1–3. ISBN 0-7309-1934-X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2012.
- Eastern corridor major roads study: Main Roads Western Australia proposed change to environmental conditions. Perth: Environmental Protection Authority. July 1993. pp. i, 1–3. ISBN 0-7309-5687-3.
- State Planning Commission (1994). Metropolitan region scheme: Amendment no. 952/33: Perth-Adelaide National Highway (Orange Route), Great Eastern Highway, and the Great Southern Highway: Shires of Swan and Mundaring. State Planning Commission.
- "Plan to define alignment for Orange Route project to start soon". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 9 March 1998. Archived from the original on 15 June 2004. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- "Other road projects overtake Orange Route". Hills Gazette. Midland, Western Australia. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
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