Sunbury Station precinct
We’re removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Gap Road and enabling more modern trains to run on the Sunbury Line as part of the works in the Sunbury Station precinct.
What we're doing
- Gap Road level crossing gone for good by late 2022
- New and safer shared path for cyclists and pedestrians
- Extension of Sunbury Station platforms for more modern trains
- Track improvements and power upgrades
- Building extra train stabling facilities.
Rail improvements in the Sunbury Station precinct including platform extensions, train stabling modifications and rail track and power upgrades, will enable bigger and more modern trains to run on the Sunbury Line, creating space for 113,000 more passengers every week when the Metro Tunnel is completed in 2025.
By coordinating the Gap Road level crossing removal and the Sunbury Line Upgrade projects, it will allow us to bring the level crossing removal forward from 2025 to 2022 so we can get traffic in the Sunbury CBD moving sooner.
We will also minimise disruption to the local Sunbury community while improving train services, road congestion and safety.
Sunbury Line Upgrade works update
Preparation works are underway on platform extensions and track improvements to be delivered in the Sunbury Station precinct. Site investigations began in June 2020 and a construction site has been established on Horne Street, Sunbury to support ongoing works.
Gap Road level crossing removal project
The Gap Road level crossing will be removed with a road under rail design – this will improve safety and ease congestion in the heart of Sunbury, especially when more trains run on the line in future.
We are also creating a new shared path as part of the design that will be separate from the road, safely connecting pedestrians and cyclists to both sides of Sunbury.
Removing the Gap Road level crossing
The Gap Road level crossing is located in the heart of Sunbury and is a major source of congestion in the busy town centre.
The boom gates at Gap Road can be down for up to 26 per cent of the morning peak, when up to 24 trains run through the crossing. Current network plans involve increasing trains running on the Sunbury line, meaning more boom gate downtime in future.
Removing the level crossing with a road under rail design will:
- mean less disruption to train services during construction
- preserve the heritage-listed Sunbury Station.
Engineering and technical assessments undertaken in 2019 and early 2020 are informing the next steps of the design.
The Gap Road level crossing will be the fourth to be removed on the Sunbury Line.
- 19,000 cars travel through the level crossing each day
- boom gates down for 26 per cent of the morning peak
- up to 24 trains run through the crossing in the morning peak.
Share your ideas
As part of the Gap Road level crossing removal project we are looking at ways to create a vibrant new gateway to the Sunbury Station precinct while improving connections and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
During November 2020, we asked the Sunbury community about how you use Gap Road and Station Street and what you value about your local area. We also sought ideas about other aspects of the project design, including materials, landscaping and public artworks.
The project team will consider all feedback and use it to develop the design and inform planning requirements. We will continue to keep the community updated as the project progresses.
The survey is now closed.
Level crossing removal works update
We have been undertaking site investigations since mid-2019 to help us better understand ground conditions and to inform planning for the removal of the Gap Road level crossing. Early works are due to begin in early 2021.
Planning approval for the level crossing removal project will proceed under Clause 52.03 – Level Crossing Removal Project of the Hume City Council Planning Scheme.
During November 2020, the project team sought community feedback on a range of planning matters, including:
- construction-related impacts
- environmental impacts
- amenity impacts.
The consultation period is closed. We will provide all comments to the Minister for Planning to inform assessment of the project under Clause 52.03.
Project Area Designation
On 29 December 2020, the Minister for Planning designated the project area under section 95 of the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009. You can view details in Special Gazette Number S5 (2021) on the Victorian Government Gazette website.
- Download the Gap Road level crossing removal fact sheet (PDF, 3.0 MB)
- Download the Gap Road level crossing removal fact sheet - Word version (DOCX, 1009.0 KB)