The Liberal Nationals have committed to a range of initiatives to expand and enhance Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network, including:
Investing $307 million to duplicate the Hurstbridge railway line between Greensborough and Eltham. This includes provision of $4 million for 150 extra railway station car parking spaces at Eltham, Montmorency and Greensborough. This initiative will improve reliability and reduce overcrowding on the Hurstbridge railway line, enable additional train services to Montmorency and Eltham during peak times and provide capacity for trains to run every 10 minutes to and from Eltham.
Electrifying the railway from Frankston to Baxter as part of a $450 million public transport upgrade. The Frankston railway line will be extended by 8km as an electrified, twin-track railway to Baxter (via the current Stony Point line), with two new railway stations to be built at Frankston East (near Monash University and Frankston Hospital) and Langwarrin, and bus routes between Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula will be improved to link commuters to the new and upgraded railway stations. This initiative will create opportunities for new commercial, retail, health and education development in Carrum and Frankston, and take pressure off roads and car parking spaces in Frankston CBD and surrounding suburbs. This project will be delivered in partnership with the Federal Government, which has committed $225 million towards the Baxter Electrification.