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Report: Public transport connectivity to, and through, Frankston

Earlier this year, Infrastructure Australia (IA) listed “Frankston Public Transport Connectivity” as one of its six key “near-term” nation-building projects in Victoria. The national infrastructure body then tasked a local advisory committee to explore 23 ideas that would significantly improve public transport and revitalise the region’s economy.

This report to Infrastructure Australia recognises that the key to solving inadequate public transport connectivity in the region hinges on building a double-track rail extension to Langwarrin at least, or potentially Baxter, with trains running every 15 minutes.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs- We need land for our livelihoods summary

Carrum Downs- Land for livelihood case 
“Not all industrial precincts are created equal. Carrum Downs has become an irreplaceable enclave of innovative, job-dense, high-tech manufacturing.” – Fred Harrison, chairman, Committee for Greater Frankston

The Carrum Downs Industrial Estate is south-east Melbourne’s fastest-growing, most productive employment hub.
Job growth is over 13 times higher than the southern region average.
Innovative, job-dense, high-tech industrial design and engineering firms are attracted to Carrum Downs because of its excellent transport corridors, unique location and proximity to Dandenong’s industrial precinct, and affordable, modern industrial layout. Almost half of these businesses are looking to expand, we need options to support them or they will leave and these jobs will go.

This dossier of interviews aims to share Carrum Downs Industrial Estate success stories. Please take the time to read about these businesses and how we can help keep them here.

FRANKSTON’S car parking woes and how to fix them took centre stage at a national parking summit in Sydney in early November.
The bayside municipality was the “outer suburban” case study at a roundtable on the first afternoon of the 2019 Local Government Parking Summit, held at Manly. Committee for Greater Frankston CEO Ginevra Hosking outlined the city’s problems – an inadequate localised public transport network, lack of affordable parking, and traffic congestion in Frankston’s city centre, which had the triple role of major economic activity centre, government services hub and regional rail and bus interchange.

The Committee for Greater Frankston presented to the 2019 local government car parking summit on the value of parking to the economic viability of outer metropolitan activity centres.
 Presentation materials  and transcript of speech


C4GF 2019 advocacy priorities and objectives 

Continuing to unleash the potential of our region in 2019

Frankston has 28 jobs per 100 residents and regional population growth 4 times faster than job growth.
We need to local jobs. We need to better connect residents to Melbourne job markets.

Read about the Committee’s transformational work on ‘fast links to work’, ‘advanced design and manufacturing’, ‘leading health research’ and ‘vibrant city economies’

Benefits of the Frankston rail extension

1. Connect 37,000 residents of Karingal, Frankston Heights, Lakewood and Langwarrin to Melbourne’s metro train network.
2. Get people to jobs up the line, out of their cars, off congested roads and home to their families sooner.
3. Create a reliable backbone for local public transport, so young people can independently access part time jobs and social activities.
4. Free-up car parking in central Frankston so it’s easier to shop and do business.
5. Provide a new station for the thriving Frankston Hospital and Monash University precinct.

Monash Peninsula Proposal

Health Futures Research Hub, June 2018

This document outlines Monash university and Peninsula Health’s proposal to develop a nationally significant research capability better managing the interface between ‘Hospital’ and ‘Community’ care models of patient treatment, and trial it in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

With the aim to “accelerate the implementation” of best practice clinical solution, so we can benefit from these innovations earlier.  The research is of national significance and with practical applications for how society approaches aged care, mental health and social issues like addition.

Frankston rail extension 
Summary of benefits, October 2018

This document outlines the many benefits that the train line extension will bring to the Greater Frankston region:
1. Connect Karingal and Langwarrin to Melbourne’s public transport network and jobs up the line.
2. Free up car parking in Frankston’s Central Business District, much of which is taken by train commuters.
3. Bring metropolitan rail access to Frankston Hospital and Monash University’s Peninsula campus.
4. Get commuters out of cars, off congested roads and back onto our trains, reversing a decline in rail patronage at the southern end of the Frankston train line.
5. Create a reliable backbone for public transport in the Greater Frankston region.

Frankston rail extension case

The case for extending the Frankston train line, October 2018

A key priority of the Committee for Greater Frankston is extension of the metropolitan rail line past Frankston to Langwarrin, a distance of just 5 km, and on to Baxter, a further 3 km. Read about how the extension of the line is strategically important for access and transportation in the Greater Frankston region

Monash Peninsula Access report, Dr Chris Hale 2018

The impact of rail extension and other public transport inventions on Frankston health and education precinct, 2018

Key findings of an independent transport study on access to the Peninsula campus prepared for Monash University by transport strategist Dr Chris Hale of University of Melbourne, are:

  • A NEW train station at “Frankston East” on the proposed Frankston to Baxter rail extension would be used by up to 5,000 people each weekday. It would be among the top 25 busiest suburban stations in Melbourne.
  • If one of the stations on the extended line is built between Frankston Hospital and Monash University’s Peninsula campus, it would be within 50 minutes’ travelling time for 83,000 people, up from just 14,000 people, a 6-fold increase.
  • The rail extension and new station would “profoundly rejuvenate” the Frankston line, according to Dr Hale.

Dr Hale – who has advised major transport agencies in Australia, United States, Asia and Europe – said the extension and new station would increase the “strategic value” of Monash’s University Peninsula campus at Frankston as well as “deliver a world-class health and education precinct in an accessible, attractive, convenient location – connected seamlessly with affordable bayside housing, and ultimately with rail access through to Caulfield and the Melbourne CBD”.

Frankston Hospital Redevelopment

Interviews with the Frankston medical community about the proposed Frankston hospital redevelopment and how this project is critical to creating a leading medical research and education precinct in Frankston, September 2018

Peninsula Health and Monash University partnership will:

  • Grow our leading health research and education sector.
  • Attract and train the next generation of health professionals in Frankston.
  • Generate job growth 2.5 times the national average.

The proposed Frankston Hospital redevelopment and new train station are essential to making this happen.

  • Strategic regeneration of a major regional hospital servicing a catchment the size of Canberra. A southeast community of 400,000 people.
  • 1000 jobs during construction plus 500 new professional healthcare jobs with
  • world-leading research into emerging fields such as aged care, diabetes management, chronic disease, mental health, and treatment of addiction and social disadvantage.

Frankston Carparking: No parking any time

Lack of car parking is an economic problem, June 2018

There is a shortage of car parking in most outer suburban activity centres and at commuter train stations.
In Frankston, provision of car parking has not kept pace with development and prevents our economy from functioning efficiently.
Parking ratios that are suitable in inner-city areas like Richmond, which are serviced by a world-class public transport system, are not appropriate in outer suburbs with their less frequent public transport services.
The state government can take action by changing clause 52.06 of the Victoria Planning Provisions to better reflect the parking needs of outer suburbs.

C4GF advocacy priorities and objectives 

How these big ideas are transforming the greater Frankston region, July 2018

Frankston has 28 jobs per 100 residents and regional population growth 4 times faster than job growth. We need to local jobs. We need to better connect residents to Melbourne job markets. Read about how ‘fast links to work’, ‘advanced design and manufacturing’, ‘leading health research’ and ‘vibrant city economies’

Latham Road Duplication 

Interview with Carrum Downs businesses: How upgrading a two-kilometre stretch of road could significantly improve the economy of Greater Frankston , February 2017

FUNDED PROJECT $80 million+

Lathams Road is the main arterial road through Frankston’s principle economic and employment hub at Carrum Downs.   At a public breakfast meeting in July 2017, the Carrum Downs business community learnt that “Lathams Road has not yet been ‘business cased’, nor has work started on one. As it is a medium-term priority, realistically duplication is 10 years off completion.”  However, there is a strong economic case for accelerated development.

VicRoads has asked the Committee for Greater Frankston to document the stories told by attendees so VicRoads can corroborate these by further investigation.  This dossier of interviews aims to assist in the preparation of a business case for the immediate duplication of Lathams Road. Here are their stories…

C4GF advocacy priorities and objectives   

The vision on two pages, November 2017

These cards summarise how the Committee for Greater Frankston is working with our community and all levels of government to help transform our region with more jobs, improved transport, strong industry and leading health & education.