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THE State Government has rejected calls to delay its controversial Seaford rail yard plan.
Carrum state Labor MP Sonya Kilkenny said the government would not delay the plan, which is part of the level crossing removal program.
“The government is getting on with the train stabling project which will enable more trains to run more often on the Frankston line,” she said.
“The Government will not delay the project, which is essential for the removal of level crossings on the Frankston line.”
Frankston Council called for the project to be delayed after the Federal Government announced a $4 million study would develop a business case for electrification and duplication of the rail line to Baxter.
Councillors argue that $187 million committed by the State Government for the rail yard would be better put towards the Baxter electrification plan.
But Ms Kilkenny said any electrification of the line to Baxter would still require stabling at Kananook to provide for extra trains running more often along the Frankston corridor.
“Any delay to the stabling project will delay the removal of level crossings at Carrum and delay more trains running on the Frankston line,” she said.
Leader reported in March that the Level Crossing Removal Authority planned to relocate the rail yard at Carrum.
The new facility will require the acquisition of seven business sites, on 10 land titles, as well as the council land.
Steven Page, whose family business caravan firm Jayco is under threat, said the government should “bugger off and look elsewhere”.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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