Update - December 2020

Following the first phase of investigative studies and community and stakeholder feedback, we’ve worked to shortlist three options and one alternative alignment for consideration as part of our planning for a future Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Road. These shortlisted options are now available for community comment as part of our ongoing work to identify a final alignment. 

Your feedback on these shortlisted options is one of many factors we will consider in our planning for a final alignment. 

Through this process, we will continue to consult with key stakeholders, including state government departments and agencies, as well as local government and utility providers, to ensure a future eastern link road will align with other significant projects planned for Bacchus Marsh.

The online survey has now closed.

Through an online survey, we’ve asked the Bacchus Marsh community for their feedback on the safety and usability of three options between Diggers Rest-Coimadai Road to Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Road. 

These options have been selected following consideration of previous community feedback, extensive technical studies and consultation with a range of government stakeholders. 

For detailed information on the shortlisted options, and to complete the survey, visit: 

Interactive map

The online survey has now closed. 

If you are unable to access the map:

Call:    133 RRV (133 778)

Email: bacchusmarsh@roads.vic.gov.au 


The population of Bacchus Marsh and Maddingley is expected to double by 2041. As a result, there is a need to increase land supply for housing and Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) areas have been designated for future communities. A north-south link road would help ease the congestion caused by this significant growth.

The Moorabool Shire Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy and Urban Growth Framework has identified an eastern bypass as key transport infrastructure required to alleviate congestion for Bacchus Marsh.

Previous studies have demonstrated that an eastern link road will divert heavy vehicles and through traffic away from the Bacchus Marsh town centre. The congestion during peak periods in Bacchus Marsh has resulted in a heavy reliance on Gisborne Road/Grant Street to provide north-south access to the Western Freeway.

An eastern link road will also provide an alternative north-south arterial road connection to Gisborne Road/Grant Street. There is currently no funding for construction of an eastern link road.


The planning study will identify alternative route or alignment options that will:

  • provide an efficient, safe and direct connection to the Western Freeway for freight transportation between the Port of Geelong, Ballarat, Adelaide and the Calder Freeway
  • reduce congestion, improve reliability and reduce travel times, therefore encouraging other modes of transport such as cycling and walking
  • improve amenity in the Bacchus Marsh town centre
  • improve safety on the existing road.


A steering committee has been established to provide specialist advice on the project. The committee members include representatives from:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP)
  • Department of Transport 
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Southern Rural Water (SRW)
  • Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)

Next steps

RRV will consider community feedback, along with findings from various technical studies and consultation with key government agencies, to select a preferred road alignment. 

This is a planning project. RRV will investigate future funding opportunities.

To keep-up-to-date with this planning project, please sign-up to our email list below.


Get in touch

Email: bacchusmarsh@roads.vic.gov.au

Write: Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Study, P.O. Box 580, Ballarat, 3353