$300 million to bust congestion across Melbourne’s growth areas including for $38.5 million for Dunkley car parking
Monday April 29
The Morrison Government will invest another $300 million to bust congestion across Melbourne by taking 13,000 cars off the road each day in key growth corridors.
Park-and-ride facilities at 30 train stations, across seven train lines, will be built or expanded, increasing commuter car parking capacity in the fastest growing areas in the nation.
This funding includes $38.5 million towards a $56 million project to build parking upgrades for Frankston, Kananook and Seaford Stations with Frankston to get 600 new spaces, including 100 short term parking spots, and Seaford and Kananook getting 100 new spaces each.
Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said the corridor plan was a game-changer for commuters in Dunkley.
“I am committed to delivering the infrastructure our community needs to continue to grow sustainably. These 800 new car parks for Frankston, Seaford and Kananook will take cars off the road and help our locals get home quicker to spend more time with their families. In addition the parking for Frankston, with 100 spaces for short term parking, will support local business by helping to create greater access to local shops”, Mr. Crewther said.
Minister for Cities,Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said this funding would help people get onto the train more quickly while reducing congestion.
“I grew up in Pakenham and represent outer suburban suburbs. I know how much our city has grown and how people are sick of sitting in traffic or frustrated at lack of car parks,” Mr Tudge said.
“This is something that Melbourne people have said is a significant priority – not only will it bust congestion but it has major environmental benefits.”
The commuter car-parking plan complements the investments in major roads, rail, and congestion hot-spots. It is all designed to alleviate congestion and make it easier for people to get around Melbourne sooner and safer.
This $300 million announcement is a budgeted decision and brings the total commitment to commuter car parks across Melbourne to $384 million.
The train lines and stations include:
· Belgrave/Lilydale lines:
o FerntreeGully, Boronia, Heathmont, Ringwood, Heatherdale, Mitcham, Croydon, SurreyHills, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Camberwell stations.
· Frankston line:
o Frankston,Kananook, Seaford, and Bentleigh stations.
· Sandringham Line:
o Sandringham, Hampton, Brighton Beach,North Brighton, Elsternwick, and Balaclava stations.
· Pakenham Lines:
o Pakenham, Beaconsfield, Berwick, NarreWarren, and
· Northern Lines: up to five stations, including Craigieburn, Mernda and Hurstbridge.
The Park and Ride Corridor Plan builds on the Coalition’s record infrastructure investment in Melbourne and Victoria.
More than $27 billion has now been budgeted to towards major road and rail projects in Victoria.
Investments across Melbourne include:
· $5 billion towards making sure the generation-defining Melbourne Airport Rail Link becomes a reality;
· $2 billion to build fast rail between Melbourne and Geelong creating a 32 minute journey between the two cities;
· $1.1 billion to support the South Eastern and Northern suburban road upgrade packages;
· $500 million for a $1 billion upgrade of the Monash Freeway between Warrigal Road and Cardinia Road;
· $500 million to complete the $1 billion M80 Ring Road upgrade from the Princes Freeway to the Greens borough Highway;
· $475 million connect the Monash precinct by rail to the Melbourne transport network.
· $300 million to seal roads in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding regions;
· $225 million to electrify the Frankston Rail Line to Baxter; and
· $110 million for the Wellington Road Duplication.
Regional Victoria is also receiving significant investments to better connect the regions including:
· $2.3billion for regional rail upgrades on the Geelong, Ballarat, Gippsland, NorthEast, Warrnambool, Bendigo and Shepparton rail lines;
· $860 million for the Western Highway duplication between Ballarat and Stawell;
· $345 million for the Rural and Regional Roads Package which his supporting the construction of a new Echuca‑Moama Bridge, and Great Ocean Road upgrades;
· $342 million to complete the duplication of the Princes Highway east between Traralgon and Sale;
· $264 million to duplicate the Princes Highway west between Waurn Ponds and Colac;
· $300 million for other Princes Highway corridor priority upgrades; and
· $208 million for Stage 1of the Shepparton Bypass on the Goulburn Valley Highway.
The additional $300 million investment in park and ride facilities means that Victoria will receive close to $530 million in budgeted commitments through the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.