NOTORIOUS SUNBURY LEVEL CROSSING TO GO UNDER LABOR
Only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will remove another dangerous and congested level crossing on the Sunbury line.
Every Victorian has their own story of level crossing frustration, whether you’re in the car, on the train, on a bike or on foot. For many, they’re more than a frustration – they’re the scene of a serious injury or, tragically, the place where a loved one was lost forever.
Before being elected, we promised to remove 20 crossings by 2018, despite only 10 removals the decade prior. The Andrews Labor Government has now consigned 29 level crossings to the history books, with 50 set to go ahead of 2022.
On the Sunbury line, three level crossings are already gone for good.
Because of our fast progress, we can now look to remove more of the dozens of level crossings that are slowing down our state and putting lives at risk. That’s why a re-elected Labor Government will remove 25 more, bringing the total to 75.
Next up on the Sunbury line, the Gap Road/Station Street level crossing will be removed under a re-elected Labor Government.
Around 19,000 vehicles currently travel through this crossing every day with that number expected to grow to 27,000 vehicles by 2026. 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.
Preliminary advice from our engineers is that the preferred design is road under rail, subject to further engineering and consultation with the local community.
The 25 additional level crossing removals will cost $6.6 billion, made possible by Labor’s strong budget surpluses.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“No government has ever removed this many level crossings this quickly – reducing congestion, improving public transport, saving lives and creating thousands of jobs along the way.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull
“Only Labor can be trusted to build the public transport our community needs because only Labor is building the Metro Tunnel, delivering bigger trains and upgrading old signalling.”
“This level crossing is a dangerous death trap, leaving local families stranded for far too long in traffic. It’s time for it to go.”
“It also restricts our access to the great places Sunbury has to offer – getting rid of it will
deliver better access to the train station, shops and other community facilities.”