Frankston public transport problems have been listed on Infrastructure Australia’s latest register of national priority projects as a near-term (0–5 years) priority. The initiative – one of 147 listed as nationally significant – covers the long-awaited 5km rail upgrade to Langwarrin
“Extending the line will radically transform public transport in our region, driving job creation, getting cars off congested roads, and making better use of public and private assets like Frankston Hospital and Monash University. We hope state Labor get on board soon.” –Fred Harrison, C4GF president 2019
A key priority of the Committee for Greater Frankston is extension of the metropolitan rail line past Frankston to Langwarrin, a distance of just 5 km, and on to Baxter, a further 3 km.
The enormous public benefits of extending the Frankston train line are well known throughout our community. The Federal Coalition government and Federal Opposition understand the nationally-significant benefits and both have already committed to provide $225 million, half of the project’s estimated cost.
However, the extension of the Frankston train line – and the benefits it will bring – is not guaranteed.
Extending the train line requires both federal and state government funding. The Victorian Labor government has yet to commit to the project.
If the Victorian State government does not back the project, it cannot go ahead.