In 2017 the Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy promised to extend the Frankston train line to Baxter – and Malcolm Turnbull’s given him the money to do it. “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” Mr. Guy said.

A Liberal state government will match Turnbull’s $225 million commitment to duplicate the tracks and replace diesel with electric trains on the Stony Point to Baxter line. New stations will be built at Langwarrin and Frankston East near Monash University and Frankston hospital. Currently commuters are stuck with slow diesel trains on a single line to get from Frankston to 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 help students get to the local campus of Monash University.” said Mathew Guy.

Another crush on a fully loaded train.
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The project will provide more frequent high capacity Metro trains to service growth areas to the south and east of Frankston and commuters will no longer have to change trains at Frankston. Bus services will be also upgraded to provide better accessibility for residents on the Mornington Peninsula.

Construction is expected to begin in 2019. “Given the funds will be on the table, there’s no reason we can’t start the project very soon after the business plan is finished” stated the Federal minister for Dunkley, Chris Crewther.
Victoria’s Leader of the Opposition Mathew Guy recognises the Cranbourne East-Clyde area as another growth corridor experiencing substantial growing pains and in need of immediate government action. Casey council has long been pushing for a Cranbourne to Clyde rail extension and nowthe Federal Liberal Government has committed to move this project forward .

In 2017 the City of Casey grew by 7,300 people and with the explosion of new estates under development, is forecast to have more than 240,000 people by 2025. In response, the Coalition has committed $487 million towards significant upgrades to the Cranbourne rail line, with the first stage commencing in 2019.

Five kilometres of electrified double line from Cranbourne to Clyde will be built, accommodating new stations at Cranbourne East and Clyde. Complimenting this infrastructure will be improved bus services and 350 additional parking spaces. Additional projects include the construction of four grade-separated intersections and the removal of crossings at Lyndhurst and Cranbourne West.

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This long overdue rail extension will be a huge boost to locals in Cranbourne East and Clyde who will directly benefit from the new trains, stations and improved bus services. Under the Liberals’ plan to ‘Get Victoria Moving’ the neglected communities of Melbourne’s south-east will gain access to education, health and recreation choices taken for granted by their better funded neighbors.

The Turnbull Government has had funding on offer for a long time for these key Victorian projects but Premier Daniel Andrews appears more focused on Melbourne’s inner suburbs. Mathew Guy recognises the “need to ease the population squeeze” by decentralising Victoria’s population explosion through more projects like these.