Metro rail to Baxter will become a reality under a Matthew Guy Victorian Government and a Coalition Federal Government.
Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, this morning welcomed the announcement from the Victorian Opposition Leader, Matthew Guy, and the Liberal Candidate for Frankston, Michael Lamb, that a Victorian Coalition government under Matthew Guy would match the federal contribution towards electrifying and duplicating the rail line from Frankston to Baxter with a $225 million contribution if elected in November, equalling the federal contribution announced in May.
"I have been fighting for the electrification and duplication of metro rail from Frankston to Baxter since prior to my election, having heard community concerns about the poor interchange times, insufficient services for a booming community and congestion issues from Frankston right up the railway line as far as Carrum, including the pressures on parking in Frankston, Seaford and Carrum," Mr Crewther said.
Wait times between V-Line services on what is currently the Stony Point line can be up to two hours in between trains, making it difficult for locals dependent on public transport to connect to education and employment opportunities.
"In my Maiden Speech I said I believe that we should govern for the outer suburbs and the country, not just the inner city. Bringing infrastructure and services to the outer suburbs will attract industry, create jobs, connect communities and increase local education and health access."
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Mr Crewther said, "the local Liberal team consisting of Michael Lamb, Donna Bauer, Greg Hunt, Neale Burgess and I, have been united in our advocacy for this significant project, which, with the combination of federal and state funding, will be the biggest public infrastructure project in Dunkley’s history.
"Together we have fought against Labor’s skyrail plan, their attempt to move stabling yards from Frankston to Kananook, putting at risk at least seven local businesses and over 200 jobs, and their blatant disregard for infrastructure shortcomings within the Dunkley area.
"Throughout this whole process, Labor have dragged their feet, ignored available funding and sought to find as many obstacles to this project as they could," Mr Crewther said.
"I hope, given the contributions now from both the federal and state Coalitions, that we will soon see support for this vital infrastructure project from across the political divide, and see all local members of parliament working for the benefit of the people of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula."