广东时时彩开奖号码:New train stations for Frankston East and Langwarrin under Victorian Coalition plan
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Work to extend Melbourne's metropolitan train network beyond Frankston would begin in 2019 if the Victorian coalition wins the election, with Opposition Leader Matthew Guy promising to match $225 million in funding already committed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Currently electric train services end at Frankston and commuters wishing to travel further must use a less frequent diesel service to get to Baxter.
After a long push from the community for the line to Baxter to be duplicated and electrified, the Federal Government committed $225 million for the project in its May budget.
The Andrews Government is spending $3 million to develop a business case for the upgrade.
Mr Guy joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to announce that if he wins the November 24 state poll a Coalition government would match the federal money and begin work in 2019 on the eight-kilometre extension.
"This is a hugely important piece of infrastructure. It's vital to improve mass transit across the city and across the state," Mr Turnbull said.
"We're making record investments in Victorian infrastructure and one of those investments made in the budget was $225 million to go into this project. It's long overdue."
Infrastructure looms as a major state election issue, with the Andrews Government spruiking the Metro Tunnel, level crossing removals and the West Gate Tunnel, while attacking the previous Coalition government's track record.
It is the second rail extension promise from the Coalition — last week it pledged to spend nearly half a billion dollars to extend the Cranbourne line to Clyde, affecting the marginal seats of Cranbourne and Bass.
The Baxter extension would serve people in the seat of Frankston, the most marginal electorate in the state, held by Labor's Paul Edbrooke.
"We need to ease the population squeeze which is why I am so focused on planning for decentralising our population growth and that means more roads and more public transport,'' Mr Guy said.
As part of the project, new stations would be built at Frankston East — near Monash University and Frankston Hospital — and at Langwarrin, and Baxter's existing station would be upgraded.
"It will ensure commuters on the Mornington Peninsula can get home to their families sooner and safer as well as bringing them closer to more employment opportunities as well as educational and health facilities,'' Mr Turnbull said.
"These are the types of projects that Victorians can expect when they have state and federal Liberal and National governments working together to deliver for local communities."
Mr Guy also said local bus services would also be improved.
"If we are going to decentralise Victoria's population we need to provide more education and health services as well as build and upgrade rail lines to areas like Langwarrin and Baxter," he said.
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