The $4 million Federally funded Dunkley Rail Plan has been initiated with the State and Federal Governments now coming to an agreement to proceed with the business case.
The Turnbull Government’s $4 million dollar commitment to develop a business case, that Mr Crewther announced during the Federal Election, will examine options and costs for the electrification and duplication of the Metro rail line from Frankston to Baxter.
Mr Crewther and the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, were joined by Frankston City Council and Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Mayors, Crs Brian Cunial and Bev Colomb, Cr Antonella Celi, representatives from Monash University Peninsula Campus and Frankston Hospital, Liberal Candidate for Frankston Michael Lamb, a representative of the Member for Hastings, Neale Burgess MP, Bratpac and local business leaders at Baxter Railway Station yesterday.
Mr Crewther said that he was thrilled that the business case is now going ahead.
“We’re now able to proceed as the State Government have finally decided to play ball by submitting an initial and now revised project scope, after ignoring the Federal funding on the table and the Federal Minister’s letters for over a year,” Mr Crewther said.
“The business case will go out for tender later this year. Once costed, this opens the way for the State and Federal Governments to fully fund building the rail project.”
“The business case itself will cost and plan extending metro rail to a new Frankston Hospital station, Leawarra station at Monash University Peninsula Campus, a new Langwarrin railway station and Baxter station, plus look at park and ride options and new stabling yards at or near Baxter.
Minister Fletcher said that it sent a strong message to the Government to have so many representatives attend the announcement.
“It is a very powerful demonstration of the significance of this project,” Minister Fletcher said.
“The Government is confident that the business case will be underway by the end of the year.”
Liberal candidate for the State seat of Frankston, Michael Lamb, said that it was great that the business case was commencing after many years of being talked about.
“This project has been spoken about since the 1970’s and it’s great that we can now tell the residents of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula that things are underway”, Mr Lamb said.
“This is far more than just extending and duplicating a train line. The linkages this will create for the university, the hospital and the congestion relief at Frankston Train Station will be outstanding for the community”.
See the video link below for quotes from attendees including Minister Fletcher, Mayors, and representatives of the university, Frankston hospital and Bratpac, plus more information:
Hi-resolution photos of the announcement are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kyog9zi2bmiev0h/AAB3RuTES28jSJJyPwtPDx4Ka?dl=0