RRL Supporting Renewal
The Regional Rail Link (RRL) will drive urban renewal and redevelopment in Sunshine, Footscray and West Footscray – which supports population and economic growth in Melbourne's western suburbs.
Sunshine Station is surrounded by 8 hectares of vacant or undeveloped land that is government owned. The station is badly connected to the main street with pockets of poor visibility that affect passenger safety. The surrounding area is run-down and dangerous.
Sunshine Station would become part of the Melbourne/Geelong route, in addition to the Ballarat and Bendigo lines, creating a hub for western region trains. An extra platform at Sunshine Station means many more services could use the station.
A new plaza entry means Sunshine Station will be safer and easier to use, and would improve the general amenity of the street.
The under-utilised public land around Sunshine Station could be thoughtfully developed, consistent with the Victorian Government’s policy to open up inner-city housing.
Footscray Station is poorly connected to its environment and its surroundings are badly run-down.
RRL addresses these issues by upgrading the station facilities with a new forecourt entrance. The footbridge will be extended and fitting escalators and a new lift which will improve access.
West Footscray Station is an isolated and run-down old station at the back of Whitten Oval and disconnected from the nearby populations that use it. Pedestrian access is poor.
RRL would provide a massive overhaul of this station which is long overdue, including: new station buildings; a new forecourt; a footbridge with stairs and lift access; additional car parking spaces and disability access.