Council welcomes today’s commitment from Federal Shadow Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Cities and Regional Development, Mr Anthony Albanese, to bring forward Federal funding to extend the train line beyond Frankston.
Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton said this is clear evidence that the extension of the Frankston line is a necessary project that will be of great benefit to the local community and broader south east region.
“Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia, with Frankston City being in high demand for housing, education, business, investment and tourism opportunities, while expecting a boost in population of over 12.6 per cent over 20 years,” said the Mayor.
“Electrification beyond Frankston Station will mean people living further up the line or from the Mornington Peninsula will be able to get on a train at Langwarrin or Baxter and commute directly to Monash University, Frankston Hospital and Frankston Private Hospital, Chisholm TAFE or directly into Melbourne.”
“Three years ago Council was the only voice promoting this necessary project, and now we have major commitments from both federal parties and the Victorian Opposition. The missing link in seeing this vital project come to fruition is a commitment from the Victorian Government to fund the construction of the extended train line beyond Frankston.”
“I’d like to thank the Shadow Minister for his commitment towards supporting electric trains beyond Frankston and urge the Victorian Government to match the Victorian Liberal Oppositions previous election commitment.”