duplication and electrification of the Frankston rail line to Baxter

Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:55:43) — (14 779) My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I am seeking information on behalf of my constituents about matching funding from the Andrews state Labor government for the duplication and electrification of the Frankston rail line to Baxter, following last week’s $450 million plan jointly announced in Baxter by both the Prime Minister and the Victorian Leader of the Opposition. My community is very excited about this stage 1 of the electrification and duplication of the entire Stony Point line. It is critically important transport infrastructure.

This is great news for local commuters, because under the Liberal plan the Frankston line will be extended by 8 kilometres as an electrified, twin‑track railway to Baxter along the Stony Point line, with new railway stations at Frankston East, allowing improved access to Monash University and Frankston Hospital. A new station will also be built at Langwarrin, which is a wonderful outcome, and Baxter station will be upgraded. For the first time residents of Crib Point, Bittern, Hastings, Tyabb, Somerville, Pearcedale, Baxter and Langwarrin will be able to take a short drive to a park‑and‑ride located just north of Baxter and catch a train all the way through to the city without having to change trains.