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Whats a difference between Mwy and Fwy?

Pacific Mwy bypasses the Gold Coast and then into NSW changes to Fwy. Then Ballina Bypass becomes Pacific Mwy. I have no idea whats the difference between Mwy and Fwy in sorts of places with similar environment?
 

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Whats a difference between Mwy and Fwy?

Pacific Mwy bypasses the Gold Coast and then into NSW changes to Fwy. Then Ballina Bypass becomes Pacific Mwy. I have no idea whats the difference between Mwy and Fwy in sorts of places with similar environment?
Im not sure about QLD or any other states but generally in NSW if theres a toll on the freeway then its called a 'motorway'. If theres no toll then its called a 'freeway." Other than that they are identical I think. Hence Gore Hill Freeway, Warringah Freeway, F6 Freeway, F3 Freeway, M5 East Freeway are all toll-less. Yet M1 Motorway, M4 Motorway, M2 Motorway, M5 Motorway are all tolled.

I remember the M4 used to be the F4 until 1992 when the toll booths were open and it changed to the M4.
 

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no difference.....originally they were all gonna be called freeway, but the name kind of contradicted the toll roads that started being built.......it's weird though cuz on the alpha-numeric system freeway standard roads in australia are classified with an M for motorway, even though we call them freeways in Melbourne.
 

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QUEENSLAND = Motorways
REST OF AUSTRALIA = Freeways

Not sure why they call freeways motorways in Queensland.
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The terms motorway and expressway are interchangeable and refer to roads dedicated to high-speed, vehicular traffic with few or no intersections, limited access points and a divider between lanes for traffic moving in opposite directions.

A freeway = a motoway/expressway without a toll.

A tollway = a motoway/expressway which is tolled.

Thus, all freeways are motorways, but not all motorways are freeways.
 

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Only on the green motorways - see map - not as much as down south.

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We also call freeways "highways".

Map thanks to Lockstar.

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The Mitcham-Frankston Freeway is tolled.

The Tullamarine Freeway between Mt. Alexander / Flemington Roads and Bell St is tolled.

The Monash Freeway between the Domain/Burnley tunnels and Toorak Road is tolled.

Freeway and Motorway are just names that are used in different regions - there's no hard and fast rule about tolls or no tolls.

think 'bathers', 'cosi' 'togs' or 'potato cakes' 'potato scallops' - they're just regionalisms.
 

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no difference.....originally they were all gonna be called freeway, but the name kind of contradicted the toll roads that started being built.......it's weird though cuz on the alpha-numeric system freeway standard roads in australia are classified with an M for motorway, even though we call them freeways in Melbourne.
That's because everyone was conned into believing freeway means that the road is free. Those 'motorways' in NSW are declared 'freeways'.

M for motorway.....must we have this discussion every 6 month?

Main Roads Victoria said:
'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[1]. Contrary to popular belief, 'M' does not stand for Motorway, it is only a letter prefix.

[1] Vicroads (Roads Corporation); Victoria's Route Number Signs (online); http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadsAndProjects/TravellingOnOurRoads/Victorias+route+number+signs.htm 17/2/2007.
No Vicroads document has M standing for 'Motorway'
 

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The Mitcham-Frankston Freeway is tolled.

The Tullamarine Freeway between Mt. Alexander / Flemington Roads and Bell St is tolled.

The Monash Freeway between the Domain/Burnley tunnels and Toorak Road is tolled.
The Tullamarine and Monash are not tolled between because they don't exist between the roads you posted.
 

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^^

lol, pwned.

I think this topic is three days early for its six month rotation.
 

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That's because everyone was conned into believing freeway means that the road is free. Those 'motorways' in NSW are declared 'freeways'.

M for motorway.....must we have this discussion every 6 month?



No Vicroads document has M standing for 'Motorway'
True, but it's not hard to see that the prefix 'M' could be perceived to imply a motorway-standard road.

Not defending folks who don't research, but their line of reasoning is at least, in this instance, reasonable.
 

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True, but it's not hard to see that the prefix 'M' could be perceived to imply a motorway-standard road.

Not defending folks who don't research, but their line of reasoning is at least, in this instance, reasonable.
No, its not reasonable. Not all M routes are freeway-grade (eg M420 South Gippsland Highway), and as for Victorians, we don't even have 'motorways' so why on earth do they say 'M = motorways".
 

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becasue we thought F meant freeway. do F routes mean Freeway or also just a prefix letter?
Yes, you can assume F stands for Freeways. Why? Because the route numbering scheme that they were under was called 'Freeway Routes'. On the other hand, 'M routes' aren't under a scheme known as 'Motorway Routes'.

We have M routes which aren't on declared freeways, eg:

M420 South Gippsland Hwy
M780 Western Port Hwy
NH-M31 Hume Hwy
NH-M8 Western Hwy
M1 Princes Hwy
 

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No, it was called Western Freeway. Nothing to do with the name of the highway it paralleled either - it was named so because it goes to the west. It became Western Motorway when the toll was applied in 1992 and since then the trend in NSW has been to name tolled roads as Motorways and free roads as Freeways.

There is no legal Motorway classification in NSW, only Freeway, Tollway or Controlled Access Road - so the 'Motorway' bit is just a name.
 

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.....M for motorway.....must we have this discussion every 6 month?...
Actually.......

In NSW the M originally stood for METROAD. It was when the Metroad Numbering system was first introduced by the RTA in 1992 or thereabouts. It was when the hexagonal shields with the singular digit were first introduced in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
 
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