23 June 2016
The State Government may have ruled out a "Dandenong line-style 'Skyrail' on the Frankston line," however, Kingston Mayor Tamsin Bearsley says questions still remain.
"Although Kingston welcomes more information about level crossing removals on the Frankston train line, we are concerned that Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allen did not address the question of single-crossing elevated rail and only ruled out so-called ‘skyrail’, Cr Bearsley said.
"I believe the government’s definition still needs to rule out single-crossing elevated rail.
"At Kingston our residents have spoken and we are opposed to all elevated rail – whether it be for a single crossing or multiple crossings on the Frankston line.
"For a single level crossing, elevated rail would still be a very intrusive structure. It will be elevated for at least 1km throughout bayside suburbs," Cr Bearsley said.
Recently Ms Allen said: "We will not be building a Dandenong line-style 'skyrail' on the Frankston line."
"We will remove 11 dangerous and congested level crossings on the Frankston line. The first three are almost gone and we’re undertaking detailed consultation on the removal of the remaining eight.
"We will work with the community, engineers and experts to develop the best solution at each site and get rid of these dangerous and congested level crossings that clog local streets and put lives at risk every single day," Ms Allen said.
Last month Council wrote to Ms Allen voicing opposition to elevated rail along the Frankston line, within the City of Kingston boundaries.
Council said it would still continue to work with the Government’s Level Crossing Removal Authority to determine which of other options should be selected to fulfil the Andrews Government commitment to level crossing removal.