Tuesday 17 July 2018
Get Victoria Moving: Extending the metropolitan train line to Baxter
A State Liberal Nationals Government in partnership with the Turnbull Government will electrify the railway from Frankston to Baxter as part of a $450 million transport infrastructure upgrade to help get Victoria moving.
Under the Liberals plan the Frankston line will be extended by 8 kilometres as an electrified, twin-track railway to Baxter along the current Stony Point line, with two new railway stations to be built at Frankston East, near the Monash University and the Frankston Hospital, and one at Langwarrin. Baxter station will also be upgraded.
This new infrastructure will enable more frequent, higher capacity Metro trains to service the growing areas of Frankston East, Langwarrin and Baxter, replacing the existing diesel-car Stony Point train service between these communities. This means that commuters will no longer have to change trains at Frankston.
Funding will also provide for ancillary infrastructure including signalling and electrical equipment.
Construction of this important transport infrastructure project will be delivered in partnership with the Turnbull Government with an expected start date of 2019. The Turnbull Government committed $225 million towards this transport infrastructure in the 2018/19 Federal Budget.
As a part of this congestion-busting infrastructure project Moorooduc Highway crossing will be grade separated.
The current diesel service to Stony Point is inadequate for the key population growth areas to the south and east of Frankston. Extending the metropolitan train line to Baxter will also allow more frequent services on the Stony Point line.
There are also other major shortfalls in public transport services between Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula including infrequent bus services which make it difficult for locals to access commercial, education and health services in Frankston and metropolitan Melbourne.
That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will also fund improvements to bus connections between Frankston East, Langwarrin, Baxter and the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to the Route 788 (Frankston-Portsea) bus and the Route 783 (Frankston-Hastings).
The final layout and specifications of the railway stations will be determined in consultation with the local community.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“Melbourne is jam packed and growing by around 120,000 people a year.
We need to ease the population squeeze which is why I am so focused on planning for decentralising our population growth and that means more roads and more public transport.
If we are going to decentralise Victoria’s population we need to provide more education and health services as well as build and upgrade rail lines to areas like Langwarrin and Baxter.
A new station at Frankston East will improve access to Frankston Hospital for patients and families as well as health professionals and it will also and help students get to the local campus of Monash University.
There are two things people in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula should know, firstly that the Liberals will duplicate and electrify the rail to Baxter and second, Daniel Andrews and Bill Shorten won’t.”
Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Public Transport, David Davis:
“Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years and has consistently taken Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula for granted.
The Turnbull Government has had funding for this on the table for a long time now but instead of working with the Prime Minister and matching the funding, Daniel Andrews has been more interested in playing politics.
Paul Edbrooke has been too busy fighting with CFA volunteers instead of fighting for Frankston and this new rail line.
Paul Edbrooke has a plan for his own political promotion but not a plan for Frankston.”
Comments attributable to Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess:
“The Mornington Peninsula is a great place to live, work and play but to keep it that way we need to keep well ahead of population growth by building new transport infrastructure as well as more health and education services.
I’m working hard with Matthew Guy and his team to deliver more local roads and transport infrastructure and services like health and education to keep this area as a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Our future quality of life is at risk under Daniel Andrews and Labor who ignore this area in favour of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs.”
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Frankston, Michael Lamb:
“I’ve been listening to locals and community leaders and the key issues I hear are cost of living pressures, crime, congestion and extending the Frankston line to Baxter.
This local transport infrastructure construction will be a huge boost for our area.
It’s going to be great for everyone that has to use the Frankston Hospital and the local campus of Monash University and it’s going to be even better for more commercial, retail, health and education developments.
I am going to keep working with community leaders and Matthew Guy to deliver more for our local community because Labor has been taking this area for granted for too long and unlike Labor, I give a damn.”