Bring Sunshine to North East rail passengers

Constituency question

December 2, 2021

Tania MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (12:46):

My constituency question (1564) is to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure (Hon. Jacinta Allan MP).

Upgrades to the Sunshine station will connect (Tullamarine) airport with the rest of the rail network. However, there is no provision for a standard gauge platform to accommodate the North East Rail Line.

The minister is currently suggesting that North East Rail Line passengers needing to get to the airport will change at Broadmeadows to a bus or taxi until the Suburban Rail Loop northern section is built in 2053. But the Border Rail Action Group has noted it would be far quicker for passengers to transfer at Sunshine rather than wait for a bus at Broadmeadows. Wodonga City Council wrote to the minister seeking a standard gauge platform at Sunshine.

So my question is: will the minister review the plans so that travellers on the North East Rail Line are not excluded from this metropolitan service?

Image: Sunshine station 2015. Pocketoz