We’re removing the dangerous and congested level crossing at Gap Road and enabling bigger, more modern trains to run on the Sunbury Line as part of the works in the Sunbury Station precinct.
Rail improvements in the Sunbury Station precinct including platform extensions, train stabling modifications and rail track and power upgrades, will allow bigger and more modern trains to run on the Sunbury Line. This will create 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'll 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'll also minimise disruption to the local Sunbury community while improving train services, road congestion and safety.
In July early works will begin at the Gap Road level crossing with works to relocate underground services kicking off on Gap Road and Station Street. These works will pave the way for major construction on the new road underpass to start later this year.
To safely facilitate services relocation works, ongoing traffic changes will be needed on Gap Road and Station Street to keep workers and road users safe until the level crossing is removed in 2022.
From 5 July we will be closing one westbound traffic lane on Gap Road/Station Street between Horne and Evans streets, with the other lane remaining open. The westbound bike lane and pedestrian path will also be closed, with detours in place. See map below.
From August an additional eastbound lane will be closed on Gap Road/Station Street, with one traffic lane remaining open and detours for cyclists and pedestrians in place.
In the coming months the project will also be removing several trees in the Sunbury Station precinct to make way for major works to take place from late 2021.
Works are underway on platform extensions and track improvements to be delivered in the Sunbury Station precinct. Site investigations began in June 2020. A construction site has been established on Horne Street to support ongoing works.
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're also creating a new shared user path as part of the design that will be separate from the road, safely connecting pedestrians and cyclists to both sides of Sunbury.
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:
Engineering and technical assessments undertaken in 2019 and early 2020 are informing the next steps of the design. Project planning approval was granted in April 2021, enabling works to begin.
The Gap Road level crossing will be the fourth to be removed on the Sunbury Line.
The Gap Road Level Crossing Removal project was approved by the Minister for Planning on 14 April 2021 under Clause 52.03 (Level Crossing Removal Project) of the Hume Planning Scheme.
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.
In November 2020, we asked you to give us feedback on a range of planning matters relating to the Gap Road level crossing removal project. You also told us what you value about Sunbury, how you move around the area and how you access and use public transport.
You can read more about the community feedback we received and how it has helped us to progress project planning in our community consultation report.
The report details the key themes raised by the community, local businesses and stakeholders about the project’s early plans.
We heard your top areas of interest are:
Later in 2021 we'll provide an update to the community regarding progressed designs that include your ideas on materials, landscaping and artwork.