Victoria's route number signs

VicRoads has implemented a Statewide Route Numbering Scheme throughout rural Victoria. This is a simple route numbering system for rural arterial roads. Each road is given a letter and an identifying number.

  • The letter assigned to each road reflects the quality and function of the route. It allows drivers to anticipate the driving conditions they are likely to encounter and to plan their trip in advance.
  • The route numbers help drivers navigate around rural roads, particularly when they are travelling in unfamiliar areas. The new signs are providing a significant benefit to tourists, making travel in Victoria much easier.

The Statewide Route Numbering Scheme has been implemented along all M, A, B, and C routes. Producers of the major road directories have included route numbers on their maps. The program has been implemented in conjunction with Tourism Victoria's Statewide Tourist Signing Program.

M RoadsMotorway route number sign

'M' roads provide a consistent high standard of driving conditions, with divided carriageways, four traffic lanes, sealed shoulders and line marking that is easily visible in all weather conditions. 'M' roads are the primary road links connecting Melbourne and other capital cities and major provincial centres. Examples of 'M' roads are the Princes Freeway (M1) and the Hume Freeway (M31).

A Roads‘A’ road route number sign

'A' roads provide a similar high standard of driving conditions on a single carriageway. 'A' roads serve the same purpose as 'M' roads, but carry less traffic. An example of an 'A' road is the Princes Highway West between Geelong and Warrnambool (A1).

B Roads‘B’ road route number sign

'B' roads are sealed roads, wide enough for two traffic lines, with good centre line and edge line marking, shoulders, and a high standard of guidepost delineation. 'B' roads provide the primary link for major regions not served by 'A' roads and for highly significant tourism regions. Examples of 'B' roads are the Great Ocean Road (B100) and the Alpine Road (B500).

C Roads‘C’ road route number sign

'C' roads are generally two lane sealed roads with shoulders. 'C' roads provide important links between population centres and between these centres and the primary transport network. An example of a 'C' road is the Geelong-Portarlington Road (C123).

Drivers Guide to Rural Victoria

This guide shows the route numbers assigned to our major road links between regional cities and towns, as well as information on roadside rest stops and facilities. It will greatly assist tourists and travelers which in turn will assist to boost tourism in regional Victoria.

To get a copy of the Drivers Guide to Rural Victoria, visit our online bookshop or call us on (03) 8391 3255.

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