Electrification of Frankston Rail Line towards Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) and Frankston City Council (FCC) have written to the Victorian Government clarifying their combined support for the electrification of the existing rail line from the Frankston city centre to Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula.
With a combined population of 305,000 residents and growing, the region boasts a Metropolitan Activity Centre (Frankston) and a Major Activity Centre (Hastings) forming focal points for services, employment, housing and social interaction.
Stage one of this vital public transport project would ease car parking congestion at Frankston Station and will directly benefit Frankston City’s Health and Education Precinct which includes Frankston Hospital, Frankston Private Hospital and Monash University Peninsula Campus
Both Councils express a commitment to work with PTV and bus companies to ensure that the electrification of rail includes improved bus services and connectivity to support the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston City communities.
The Federal Government has provided $4 million (2016) for the Victorian Government to undertake a business case into the rail electrification project and committed a further $225 million in the Federal Budget to deliver the Frankston line extension.
Council is calling on the Victorian Government to commit to delivering the electrification of the rail line beyond Frankston and for the project to be delivered as a priority.
Council understands the Victorian Government business case investigating the rail electrification project has been finalised and has been provided to the Federal Government. We will continue working with both levels of government to ensure this project proceeds.