As support to deliver electric trains further along the Frankston line towards Baxter strengthens, it’s an opportune time to take a look back at the journey so far.
For many years, Frankston City Council was a lone voice in supporting electric trains beyond Frankston. However, over the five years of advocating for this vital rail project others have come to the party with their support, such as:
Frankston City Council, August 2014, identified extending the Frankston line to Baxter as a state election priority
Peta Murphy, May 2016, $1.5 million election commitment for a business case
Chris Crewther, May 2016, $4 million election commitment for the duplication and extension of the Frankston line business case
Chris Crewther, May 2018, $225 million included in the Federal Budget to deliver the Frankston line extension
Matthew Guy, July 2018, election commitment of $225 million to deliver the Frankston line extension
Anthony Albanese, July 2018, support the early delivery of the project by bringing Federal funding forward
Frankston City Mayor, Cr Colin Hampton said the project 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.
“Delivering electric trains beyond Frankston towards the Mornington Peninsula is Council’s vision for the successful and prosperous future of Frankston, but we need state and federal politicians from all sides to commit to starting construction,” said the Mayor.
“I’d like to thank those who have already shown their support for the project, particularly Bruce Billson and Neale Burgess for their strong voice alongside Council’s over many years. Neale has been pivotal in ensuring there is a new station to service the growing community at Langwarrin.”
“I encourage the Victorian Government to get on board this vital project now by making a funding commitment to deliver electric trains beyond Frankston as soon as the business case is completed.”
To show your support for extending the Frankston line, join the campaign at futurefrankston.com.au