Frankston Line Improvement

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Frankston Line improvement

By CH

 

The neglected Frankston railway, one of Victoria’s largest and busiest lines, is due for an upgrade under the Liberal State government, with the $11 billion Melbourne Rail Link to be developed and implemented over the next decade.

$115 million has been budgeted towards the Bayside Rail Line project which includes the implementation of 8 newer and larger X’Trapolis trains on the Frankston line, allowing even more travellers to be accommodated.

Furthermore, level crossings around Victoria are set to be removed under the Frankston Line improvement, with 5 of them being completely removed already, a promise neglected by Labor.

Other noteworthy mentions include cheaper Zone 1 and Zone 2 fares, with an additional 191 weekly trips and increased security at several stations through the appointment of patrolling PSOs.

However the previous Labor Governement’s initial plan to improve services at Melbourne University and The Royal Children’s Hospital have been all but scrapped by the Liberal Government, stating a four year disruption to services travelling to these facilities, and cost savings of $100 million. Jill Hennessy, the State Member for Altona compares Dennis Napthine’s cut and upgrade project to “a con job”.

Frankston line passengers will be connected to the City Loop, at the expense of being directly connected to Richmond station. However passengers will instead have the option of travelling from South Yarra to Richmond.

The upgrade will see two new stations posted at Domain Interchange, and Montague Street, with further underground platforms to be constructed underneath South Yarra and Southern Cross railway stations in a bid tointerconnect South and South-Eastern Victoria with the city fringe and centre.

A new Airport Rail Link will see easier access to domestic and international travel, with less reliance on swapping over from train transport to overpriced Skybus and Taxi services, as well as tolls if travelling via private car and utilizing the long/short term airport parking. The Airport Rail Link will also see a slight reduction in congestion along this highly used highway.

Labor have hit back stating losses in train services in peak hours at the Carrum, Bentleigh, Moorabbin, and Frankston stations, from one to two services daily will evidently result in stranded Frankston line passengers. Ms Hennessy further states that “under Dennis Napthine, the Frankston Line comes last”.

It is only reasonable to question why two daily services running on the Frankston line between 5-6pm are to be cancelled by the Napthine government.

There will possibly be disruptions over the next decade to South Yarra, Southern Cross and the Airport services, because of the underground drilling and construction activities required as part of the improvement. Only time will tell whether or not the effectiveness of Napthine’s Railway upgrade, which will serve to improve capacity by 35,000 passengers will really benefit Victoria, or whether the project actually “stinks” as declared by Ms Hennessy.

 

 

 

 

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