By Jessica Micallef
A Sunbury resident is concerned the works to remove the Gap Road level crossing in Sunbury will cause an “imposition” to residents and motorists.
Construction of the project was brought forward to begin in 2021, with the level crossing expected to be removed by late 2022, and the remaining works completed in 2023 –two years ahead of the initial 2025 completion date.
Gap Road will be lowered under the rail line to preserve the character of the heritage-listed Sunbury station.
About 19,000 vehicles pass through the Gap Road level crossing each day, with the number expected to reach 27,000 in 2026, according to state government data.
Sunbury resident Alan Fraser said while the level crossing intersection was “dangerous” and needed to be upgraded, he was concerned for the traffic “implications” brought on by the works.
“We thought we had a bit more time but the project has been brought forward,” he said.
“It’s not just a matter for the businesses, it’s the population.
“On the western side of Horne Street, motorists will have to get into Sunbury by going through Macedon Street and all the trucks will have to go there.
“There is going to be enormous amounts of traffic because it will all be in one location.”
A Rail Projects Victoria spokesperson said they were working with the community, businesses and emergency services to understand how to best manage access around Sunbury during the removal of the level crossing.
“We know access in and around local roads when works are underway is a key concern for the Sunbury community,” the spokesperson said.
“We will let locals know of any traffic changes and suggested detours well in advance.
“Once it’s complete, this project will be a congestion-buster for the Sunbury community – fixing a major bottleneck in the town centre .”
Road closures, detour routes and ways to minimise any traffic impact will be determined when Rail Projects Victoria appoints a contractor to remove the level crossing.
Meanwhile, residents may notice workers on site around Sunbury station and the level crossing in the coming weeks for the Sunbury line upgrade.
Rail Projects Victoria said crews would upgrade ground conditions, locate existing services and start resurfacing and drainage works.