Sunshine railway station, Melbourne
Westbound view from Platform 2 in May 2014
|Location||Station Place, Sunshine|
|Distance||12.25 kilometres from Southern Cross|
|Platforms||4 (1 island, 2 side)|
|Fare zone||Myki zone 1/2 overlap|
|Website||Public Transport Victoria|
|Opened||7 September 1885|
|Passengers (2014-2015)||Not measured|
|Passengers (2015-2016)||1.96 million 23.6%|
|Passengers (2016-2017)||2.31 million 16.69%|
|Passengers (2017-2018)||2.08 million 9.96%|
Sunshine railway station is located on the Sunbury line, in Victoria, Australia. It serves the western Melbourne suburb of Sunshine. Sunshine is serviced by V/Line Ballarat and Geelong passenger services, with Bendigo line passenger services running through but no longer stopping since 2014, with the station serving as the junction for the Serviceton line, to the state's west. The Melbourne – Sydney standard gauge line passes to the north of the station.
Sunshine station opened on 7 September 1885 as Braybrook Junction. It was renamed Sunshine on 15 July 1907.
The Melbourne & Murray River Railway (now named the Bendigo line), originating from Spencer Street station, was built in the late 1850s, from Footscray station to Sunbury and Bendigo, however, no station was built at that time on the current site; the closest station was Albion & Darlington, on the site of the current Albion station.
In 1885, the Serviceton line from Melbourne to Ballarat, via Bacchus Marsh, was built, branching off from the Bendigo line, and a station at the junction of the two lines was built. The station opened on 7 September 1885, as Braybrook Junction, named such as it was at the junction of the two lines, and was within the Shire of Braybrook.
In 1907, Braybrook Junction station was renamed Sunshine, when Hugh McKay moved his Sunshine Harvester Works adjacent to the station. On 20 April 1908, Sunshine was the scene of the worst train crash in Victorian railway history, the Sunshine train disaster.
The Albion – Jacana line opened in 1929, connecting Sunshine station with the North East line, allowing freight trains to avoid the steeper grades and suburban traffic on the suburban line between North Melbourne, Essendon and Broadmeadows.
The road level crossing at Sunshine was removed when grade separation was carried out in 1961. The works took place as part of the project to construct a standard gauge line from Sydney to Melbourne. Boom barriers were provided at the nearby former Anderson Road level crossing, on the Bendigo line, in the same year.
A fourth platform was opened in January 1963, on the adjacent Melbourne – Sydney standard gauge line, to enable passengers to transfer between the interstate Sydney and Adelaide expresses. In 1965, control of signals at Albion station was transferred to the signal box at Sunshine. Boom barriers were provided at the nearby former Anderson Road level crossing, on the Ballarat line, in 1977.
The sidings leading to Massey Ferguson were booked out of use in 1988, with the lead to the sidings, which crossed the standard gauge line, was removed in February of the same year.
- a new bus interchange, completed in September 2013;
- construction of a new footbridge and concourse, completed in January 2014;
- upgrading Platforms 1 and 2 with new canopies;
- rebuilding Platform 3 and a new Platform 4, both completed in April 2014;
The completed station was opened to the public on 28 April 2014.
On July 22, 2018, the Victorian state government announced that the Melbourne Airport rail link will be funded with state and commonwealth money and that it will run from the Melbourne CBD to Melbourne Airport via Sunshine station. As part of this project, a new "super hub" will be built at Sunshine station for passengers transferring between V/Line services and the airport trains. Construction is planned to begin by 2022.
Facilities, platforms and services
Sunshine has two side platforms and a centre island platform. Access is provided to the platforms using stairs, lifts and ramps from an overhead footbridge and concourse, which features a customer service window, an enclosed waiting room and toilets. It is serviced by Metro Trains' Sunbury line and V/Line Ballarat and Geelong services.
- Ballarat line: V/Line services to Ballarat
- Geelong line: V/Line services to Wyndham Vale, Geelong & Waurn Ponds
Sunshine bus interchange
The bus interchange at Sunshine station is the second biggest (after Frankston station's 19 bus bays) in the Melbourne metropolitan area with 13 bays. There are 13 bus services that use the bus interchange.
CDC Melbourne operates three routes via Sunshine station:
- 400: Sunshine Station to Laverton station via Robinsons Road (shared with Sita Buslines)
- 408: St Albans station to Highpoint Shopping Centre via Sunshine Station
- 410: Sunshine Station to Footscray via Ballarat Road
Sita Buslines operates seven routes to and from Sunshine station:
- 400: Sunshine Station to Laverton station via Robinsons Road (shared with CDC Melbourne)
- 420: Sunshine Station to Watergardens station via Deer Park
- 422: Sunshine station – Brimbank Central Shopping Centre
- 427: Sunshine Station to Sunshine West via Forrest St
- 428: Sunshine Station to Sunshine West
- 456: Sunshine Station to Melton via Rockbank
- 471: Williamstown to Sunshine Station via Newport & Altona Gate Shopping Centre
Transdev Melbourne operates four routes via Sunshine station:
- 216: Caroline Springs to Brighton Beach
- 219: Sunshine South to Gardenvale
- 220: Sunshine - City - Gardenvale
- 903: Altona to Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)
Dyson's Bus Services operates one route via Sunshine station:
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- Geelong - Melbourne timetable Public Transport Victoria
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- "427 Sunshine Station - Sunshine West via Forrest St". Public Transport Victoria.
- "428 Sunshine Station - Sunshine West via Wright St". Public Transport Victoria.
- "456 Sunshine Station - Melton". Public Transport Victoria.
- "471 Williamstown - Sunshine Station via Newport & Altona Gate SC". Public Transport Victoria.
- "216 Sunshine Station - Brighton Beach". Public Transport Victoria.
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- "903 Altona - Mordialloc (SMARTBUS Service)". Public Transport Victoria.
- "942 Night bus: City - Footscray - Sunshine - Deer Park - St Albans". Public Transport Victoria.