C Routes
  Connector routes between population centres
 
     
 
 
 
A typical C route - C723 Donnybrook Road eastbound from Epping - Wandong Road.
January 2008
 
     
     
 
'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. [1]
 
     
 
Number of Signed C routes 376[2]
Number of (fully) Unsigned C routes 22[2]
Total Signed & Unsigned Length 13440 km [2]
Longest Signed C route C511 - 191.4 km
Shortest Signed C route C331 - 1.0 km
 
   
   
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C routes form the links between areas not covered by M, A or B Routes. They perform the task of connecting populated centres to each other and to the primary transport network. The first C routes were signed in northeastern Victoria in 1996, and since then the majority of new route number allocations in Victoria have been of this classification.

The majority of arterial roads in regional Victoria are C routes. With 398 routes [2], C routes are the capillaries of the road network extending into areas not covered by the main freeway and highway corridors. New C routes are added periodically, in some cases when a section of a highway/road is bypassed, the bypassed section is given a C route number.

Generally, a C route is a single carriageway road with unsealed shoulders and centre linemarking, however these driving conditions can vary significantly.
C routes which serve a higher volume of traffic (such as tourist routes) may have edge linemarking or sealed shoulders if warranted; while C routes through urban centres may even be divided. The main reason for variations in driving condition comes down to the importance of the route in the overall road network - a C route may be a divided road giving the impression that it possesses the quality of an M Route, however if the route does not serve an area of high economic importance to the State, it will be given the lower classification.

As of 2011, three signed C routes have been fully decommissioned - routes C438 near Wonthaggi, C235 (replaced by B210) and C240 (replaced by B240).

 
   
   
  Road Conditions  
     
  The following table outlines the typical road and driving standards for C routes [3]:  
     
 
Driver Expectation Standard
Road width and road edges Lane width Two 3.5 metre sealed lanes
Shoulder width 2.0 metres
Shoulder seals 1.0 m on selected routes
Bridge width between barriers As per existing shoulder width
Delineation Centre-dividing line marking Yes, where seal is greater than 5.5 metres
Edge lines Yes, where seal is greater than 6.2 metres
Pavement markers Where warranted by crash records
Guide posts and reflectors Yes
 
   
   
  Unsigned Routes  
     
  As well as signed routes, there are a handful of unsigned C routes in Victoria. Some arterial roads which have been allocated a C route number are short (less than 5 km), and are only used for limited access. Routes such as these may not be provided with direction signs [4]. The majority of unsigned C routes reside in provincial centres and associated urban areas, whereby the road name is more relevant, thus a number would provide little benefit for navigation.

A list of these routes (fully and partially unsigned) can be found under the 'Unsigned' tab in the Route Database below.
 
   
   
  Loop Route Numbering Rule  
     
  C route numbers include the use of loop roads off M & A routes, whereby the first two digits relate to the M or A route number, and the third digit indicates the sequence of loop road, eg. C313 (Old Hume Highway / Euroa Main Road through Euroa) is the third loop road off the M31. Loop road numbers increase with travel away from Melbourne. [4]

Routes which have a route number under the Loop Route Numbering Rule are not necessarily former alignments of the nearby M / A route - they are just routes which start and end at (or very near to) the same M / A route. The following table shows selected routes with loop C routes:
 
     
 
Parent Route Loop C routes Notes
M1 / A1 C101 - C107, C109
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M8 / A8 C801 - C805 Possible more loop routes if bypasses of town centres (eg. Ararat, Horsham) are built.
M31 C311 - C315 -
M39 / A39 C391 Possible more loop routes if bypasses of town centres (eg. Nagambie, Shepparton) are built. C391 replaced Alternative National Route 39.
M79 / A79 C791 - C794 Possible more loop routes if bypasses of town centres are built.
 
 
 
   
  Route Database  
     
 
C101
Narre Warren - Nar Nar Goon  
C133
Newtown - Grovedale  
C166
Simpson - Princetown
C102
Drouin West - Nilma  
C134
Waurn Ponds - Bellbrae  
C167
Allansford - Cobden
C103
Moe - Glengarry  
C135
Mount Moriac - Bellbrae  
C168
Terang - Nirranda East
C104
Morwell  
C136
Norlane - Barrabool  
C169
Bushfield - Woodford
C105
Stratford - Traralgon  
C137
Fyansford - Stonehaven  
C171
Scarsdale - Lismore
C106
Cobains - Bairnsdale  
C138
Daylesford - Hepburn Springs  
C172
Talbot - Lismore
C107
Orbost - Cabbage Tree Creek  
C141
Batesford - Daylesford  
C173
Darlington - Gnotuk
C108
Werribee - Werribee South  
C142
Moorabool - Steiglitz  
C174
Caramut - Warrnambool
C109
Hoppers Crossing - Werribee  
C143
Skipton - Bannockburn  
C175
Woolsthorpe - Koroit
C111
Mount Moriac - Gheringhap  
C144
Inverleigh - Shelford  
C176
Heywood - Woolsthorpe
C112
Newtown - Whittington  
C145
Inverleigh - Winchelsea  
C177
Southern Cross - Illowa
C114
Corio - Lara  
C146
Sebastopol - Colac East  
C178
Dunkeld - Killarney
C115
Corio - North Geelong  
C147
Beeac - Colac West  
C179
Koroit - Killarney
C116
Corio - Norlane  
C148
Maroona - Mortlake  
C182
Rossbridge - Streatham
C117
Bell Post Hill - North Geelong  
C149
Cobden - Stoneyford  
C183
Port Fairy - Mailors Flat
C118
Fyansford - Norlane  
C151
Winchelsea - Lorne  
C184
Hamilton - Port Fairy
C119
Birregurra - Skenes Creek  
C152
Warncoort - Deans Marsh  
C185
Macarthur - Penshurst
C121
Belmont - Barwon Heads  
C154
Colac - Forrest  
C186
Myamyn - Macarthur
C122
Mount Duneed - Connewarre  
C155
Colac - Lavers Hill  
C187
Dartmoor - Hamilton
C123
Geelong - Portarlington  
C156
Mortlake - Lavers Hill  
C188
Balmoral - Dunkeld
C124
East Geelong - Belmont  
C157
Cape Otway  
C191
Heywood - Tyrendarra
C125
Drysdale - Portarlington  
C158
Noorat - Terang  
C192
Nelson - Portland
C126
Portarlington - Point Lonsdale  
C159
Ferguson - Tanybryn  
C193
Portland - Cape Bridgewater
C127
Point Lonsdale  
C161
Elliminyt - Chapple Vale  
C194
Portland
C129
Barwon Heads - Drysdale  
C162
Timboon - Newfield  
C195
Casterton - Drumborg
C132
Jan Juc - Bells Beach  
C163
Pirron Yallock - Nullawarre  
C196
Merino - Coleraine
     
C164
Cressy - Port Campbell  
C198
Lake Mundi - Casterton
     
C165
Lismore - Chocolyn  
 
C203
Balmoral - Coleraine  
C234
Dimboola - Litchfield  
C266
Charlton - Kerang
C204
Balmoral - Culla  
C236
Donald - Jung
 
C267
Wycheproof - Cohuna
C205
Wombelano - Kanagulk  
C237
Glenorchy - Murtoa  
C268
Wycheproof - Birchip
C206
Nhill - Coleraine  
C238
Stawell - Donald  
C271
St Arnaud - Wycheproof
C207
Edenhope - Casterton  
C239
Donald - Charlton  
C272
Charlton - St Arnaud
C208
Kaniva - Harrow  
C241
Dunneworthy - Moolerr  
C273
Boort - Logan
C211
Langkoop - Casterton  
C242
Warracknabeal - Morton Plains  
C274
Serpentine - Dunolly
C212
Langkoop - Edenhope  
C243
Rainbow - Karyrie  
C275
Moyreisk - Maryborough
C213
Neuarpurr - Natimuk  
C244
Birchip - Banyan  
C276
Eddington - Dunolly
C214
Vectis - Balmoral  
C245
Warracknabeal - Crymelon  
C277
Maryborough - Kangaroo Flat
C215
Horsham - Drung  
C246
Hopetoun - Swan Hill  
C278
Moliagul - Havelock
C216
Stawell - Dunkeld  
C247
Walpeup - Hopetoun  
C279
Maryborough
C217
Dunkeld - Mafeking  
C248
Patchewollock - Ninda  
C282
Bridgewater on Loddon - Mckenzie Hill
C218
Bellfield  
C251
Robinvale - Sea Lake  
C283
Lockwood South - Creswick
C219
Natimuk - Noradjuha  
C252
Lake Powell - Hattah  
C285
Newstead - Mount Franklin
C221
Tanwood - Pomonal  
C253
Red Cliffs - Colignan  
C287
Maryborough - Wendouree
C222
Ararat - Drung  
C254
Red Cliffs - Meringur  
C288
Eddington - Dunach
C223
Nhill - Jeparit  
C255
Mildura  
C291
Clunes - Springbank
C224
Nhill - Netherby  
C256
Mildura - Merbein  
C292
Ballarat East - Newlyn
C225
Nhill - Yanac  
C257
Leitchville  
C294
Ballarat East - Buninyong
C226
Serviceton - Telopea Downs  
C261
Donald - Castle Donnington  
C295
Sebastopol - Mount Clear
C227
Dimboola - Hopetoun  
C262
Tittybong - Kerang  
C296
Redan - Carngham
C228
Lake Wartook  
C263
Kerang - Murrabit  
C297
Ballarat Central - Golden Point
C229
Jeparit - Crymelon  
C264
Kerang - Koondrook  
C298
Ballarat East - Golden Point
C231
Wallup - Horsham  
C265
Koondrook - Cohuna      
C305
Soldiers Hill - Redan  
C334
Jarklin - Echuca South  
C361
Nathalia - Yarrawonga
C306
Wendouree  
C335
Bendigo  
C362
Rochester - Kyabram
C307
Wendouree - Delacombe  
C336
Eaglehawk - Pyramid Hill  
C363
Congupna - Katamatite
C311
Kilmore - Broadford  
C337
Elmore - Raywood  
C364
Devenish - Shepparton
C312
Euroa  
C338
Pine Grove - Huntly  
C365
Dookie - Violet Town
C313
Benalla - Winton  
C339
Bendigo  
C366
Kialla - Merton
C314
Wangaratta South - Bowser  
C341
Prairie - Ballendella  
C367
Koonoomoo - Cobram
C315
Tarrawingee - Gateway Island  
C342
Lockington - Kotta  
C368
Cobram - Muckatah
C316
Daylesford - Malmsbury  
C343
Strathdale - White Hills  
C369
Mooroopna - Murchison
C317
Daylesford - Woodend  
C344
Heathcote - Nagambie  
C370
Cobram
C318
Kyneton - Myrniong  
C345
Goornong - Violet Town  
C371
Cobram - Benalla
C319
Kyneton  
C346
Tabilk - Avenel  
C372
Youarang - Tungamah
C320
Mansfield - Mount Buller  
C347
Ladys Pass - Rochester  
C373
Yarrawonga - Benalla
C322
Gisborne - Woodend  
C348
Mount Scobie - Rushworth  
C374
Esmond - Wangaratta
C323
Golden Square - Long Gully  
C349
Echuca  
C375
Wahgunyah - Bowser
C324
Kilmore - Woodend  
C351
Lancaster - Echuca  
C376
Wahgunyah - Springhurst
C325
Tooborac - Sunbury  
C352
Tongala  
C377
Springhurst - Beechworth
C326
Kyneton - Heathcote  
C353
Golden Square - Strathdale  
C378
Barnawartha - Browns Plains
C327
Kennington - Redesdale  
C354
Lancaster - Byrneside  
C381
Brown Plains - Chiltern
C328
Mount Macedon  
C355
Wyuna - Mooroopna  
C382
Broadford - Flowerdale
C329
California Gully - Bendigo  
C356
Rushworth - Tatura  
C383
Tallarook - Whiteheads Creek
C331
Bendigo  
C357
Undera - Wahring  
C384
Seymour - Tooborac
C332
Bendigo  
C358
Barmah - Shepparton North  
C391
Kialla - Congupna
C333
Long Gully - White Hills  
C359
Kyabram - Wyuna
C401
Montrose - Lilydale
C436
Glen Forbes - Corinella
C468
Hazelwood North - Driffield
C402
Montrose - Wandin North
C437
Wonthaggi - Korumburra
C469
Trafalgar - Delburn
C403
Kalorama - Olinda
C441
Kongwak - Inverloch
C471
Yallourn - Hernes Oak
C404
Lilydale - Cranbourne East
C442
Inverloch - Tarwin Lower
C472
Maryvale - Morwell
C405
Seville - Monbulk
C443
Meeniyan - Tarwin Lower
C473
Cowes - Summerlands
C406
Olinda - Beaconsfield
C444
Meeniyan - Tidal River
C474
Yallourn North - Hazelwood North
C407
Beaconsfield - Cranbourne
C445
Foster - Sandy Point
C475
Morwell - Traralgon South
C411
Healesville - Pakenham
C446
Foster - Yanakie
C476
Traralgon - Churchill
C412
Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook
C447
Welshpool
C477
Maryvale - Traralgon
C413
Rowville - Clematis
C449
Devon North - Won Wron
C478
Ventnor - Rhyll
C415
Montrose - Upper Ferntree Gully
C451
Welshpool - Port Welshpool
C481
Traralgon - Baw Baw
C417
Pakenham
C452
Alberton - Port Albert
C482
Traralgon - Yarram
C418
Noojee
C453
Carrajung Lower - Woodside Beach
C483
Loy Yang - Balook
C421
Koo Wee Rup - Longwarry
C454
Leongatha - Dumbalk
C484
Yarram - Willung South
C422
Pakenham - Koo Wee Rup
C455
Mirboo North - Meeniyan
C485
Loch Sport - Rosedale
C423
Clyde North - Bayles
C456
Mirboo North - Morwell
C486
Jamieson - Heyfield
C424
Gembrook
C457
Mirboo North - Boolarra South
C487
Kilmany - Tinamba
C425
Yarra Junction - Korumburra
C458
Boolarra - Boolarra South
C488
Rosedale - Heyfield
C426
Baw Baw Village - Drouin West
C459
Woodside - McLoughlins Beach
C491
Denison - Fulham
C427
Drouin West - Drouin
C461
Rawson - Walhalla
C492
Maffra - Sale
C429
Lang Lang
C462
Crossover - Nilma
C493
Maffra - Briagolong
C431
Drouin - Lang Lang
C463
Willow Grove - Trafalgar
C494
Briagolong - Stratford
C432
Drouin South - Ranceby
C464
Thorpdale - Driffield
C495
Stratford - Perry Creek
C433
Nar Nar Goon - Drouin
C465
Icy Creek - Tanjil South
C496
Longford - Seaspray
C434
Nyora - Poowong
C466
Amor - Moe
C497
Longford
C435
Wonthaggi - Inverloch
C467
Moe - Yallourn
C498
Sale - East Sale
Fully Unsigned Partially Unsigned
C116
North Geelong - Norlane
C118
Fyansford - Norlane
C117
Bell Post Hill - North Geelong
C133
Newtown - Grovedale
C169
Bushfield - Woodford
C458
Boolarra - Boolarra South
C279
Maryborough
 
C295
Sebastopol - Mount Clear    
C297
Ballarat Central - Golden Point    
C298
Ballarat East - Golden Point    
C305
Soldiers Hill - Redan    
C306
Wendouree    
C319
Kyneton    
C332
Bendigo    
C339
Bendigo    
C417
Pakenham    
C418
Noojee    
C429
Lang Lang    
C449
Devon North - Won Wron    
C519
Mirimbah - Mount Buller    
C529
West Wodonga
C614
Cabbage Tree Creek    
C776
Rosebud West - Rosebud    
C778
Clyde    
C804
Leigh Creek - Bungaree    
 
 
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  [1] VicRoads (Roads Corporation); Victoria's Route Number Signs (online);http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/Moreinfoandservices/RoadManagementAndDesign/TypesOfRoads/Victorias+route+number+signs.htm; 17/2/2007.
[2] September 2011 figure.
[3] VicRoads (Roads Corporation); Linking Victoria: Victoria's rural arterial road network strategy.
[4] VicRoads (Roads Corporation); Traffic Engineering Manual Volume 2 - Signs and Markings; Dec 2001; Chapter 10.2.4
 
 
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