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Council acknowledges the $225 million funding commitment to extending the electric rail service from Frankston to Baxter, but calls on the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government to investigate expanding the scope of the upgrade to Hastings as part of the project.
A $4 million study is underway into the electrification and duplication of the Frankston-to-Baxter section of the Stony Point railway line; making Baxter, rather than Frankston, the end of the electric rail service, as well as the location of stabling and maintenance facilities. A further $225 million has been committed by the Commonwealth Government for the upgrade following the completion of the business case (expected in early 2019). Council does not support the moving of stabling and maintenance facilities to Baxter from further up the Frankston line, or making Baxter the terminus of the railway line:
Council requests that the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian Government investigate extending electric rail from Frankston to Hastings (with Baxter electrification as the first stage of a larger two-staged project):
Given the significant impact any changes to the current Stony Point service would have on Mornington Peninsula communities, it is imperative that the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council be recognised as a stakeholder and engaged-with on electrification of any part of the service going forward, including through participation in any relevant steering group, advisory panel, or similar.
This article first appeared on www.mornpen.vic.gov.au
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