The Gap Road level crossing removal will be completed as part of works to upgrade the Sunbury Line, bringing forward the road-under-rail project by two years.
The Gap Road level crossing is the fourth crossing to be removed on the Sunbury Line, and completion is scheduled for 2022. Final works will be completed in 2023.
The road-under-rail design will allow 19,000 vehicles to pass underneath the rail line unimpeded each day while retaining the heritage character of Sunbury Station.
“This notorious level crossing has been leaving Sunbury residents stranded in traffic for far too long – these works will deliver better journeys across the local community,” said Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.
Member for Sunbury Josh Bull said combining the level crossing removal with upgrades along the line would be a better outcome for all.
“We’re delivering both of these important transport projects together to reduce disruption to our community and community and get better outcomes for rail passengers, road users and residents faster.”
The $2.1 billion upgrade to the Sunbury line will allow for greater passenger growth with increased urban development along the corridor. In addition, the line will form part of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and enabling works such as platform extensions, train stabling, and power upgrades, will pave the way for more frequent, higher capacity trains.
Accessibility upgrades are also part of the project, along with new shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists. At Sunbury, the number of car parks will increase.
Allan said the Sunbury Line upgrades were one of a number of projects that would contribute to growing Victoria’s economy.
“Our Big Build program is vital to Victoria’s rebuild – supporting thousands of jobs and building the projects we need.”