Over the next 30 years, the Western Subregion is expected to accommodate over a third of Melbourne’s population growth. By 2051, it is estimated that the region’s population will total over 1.75 million people. Sunshine Station is planned to become a major public transport interchange linking Melbourne Airport, the CBD and regional Victoria.
The location of Sunshine in Melbourne’s west, and the proposed transport infrastructure, will make Sunshine accessible by 4 million people within 45 minutes by 2046. The Sunshine precinct also has substantial land available for development, including government owned land. To support new and improved rail connections, Sunshine Station will nearly double in size. Growth of regional, metro and airport travellers will increase the number of passengers changing services and transiting through Sunshine Station and the adjacent commercial centre.
The 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan recommended transport programs align to place-based objectives to maximise the benefits of public investment. Redevelopment of Sunshine Station provides an opportunity for broader precinct development, driving land-use changes to support job growth, and uptake of commercial land.