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Double line to Eltham under Liberal Nationals

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A Liberal Nationals government will spend over $300 million to duplicate the Hurstbridge railway line between Greensborough and Eltham stations.

Presently the Hurstbridge line is single track north of Greensborough.

The duplication will also see a rebuild of Montmorency station as well as significant additions to car parking at Greensborough, Montmorency and Eltham stations.

Duplication to Eltham will mean more trains, more often for passengers on the Hurstbridge line, it will significantly increase capacity and will provide a better quality alternative to vehicle transport to the city.

For residents of Melbourne’s north east, the duplication of the Hurstbridge line to Eltham compliments the Liberal Nationals’ plan to address road traffic congestion, particularly along Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane through the $5 billion Intersection Removal Program.

The Liberal Nationals’ plan will remove the Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane bottleneck by under passing one of the through roads, as well as two further road intersection removals on Fitzsimons Lane and Williamsons Road in Templestowe to allow greater free flowing traffic from the north east toward the eastern Freeway.

With a plan to ease Eltham and Banyule’s traffic and rail congestion, it is clear that only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get the north eastern suburbs moving again.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy:

“Growing up in Montmorency, I understand how important it is to provide a better quality rail service for the north eastern suburbs than what exists today.

A government I lead will give residents in Eltham, Montmorency and Greensborough the train services they deserve and will finally duplicate the railway line from Greensborough to Eltham.

“Eltham needs a strong representative like Nick McGowan who has advocated strongly for these upgrades to both Eltham’s roads and rail.

“Only the Liberal Nationals will deliver more trains, more often to Montmorency and Eltham.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Public Transport David Davis:

“Daniel Andrews and Vicki Ward have been too focused covering up Labor’s rorting to address the transport crisis in the North East.

“This duplication will help ease the commuter crush and relieve the congestion on both our rail and road network.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Eltham Nick McGowan:

“When I’m out every day knocking on resident’s doors and meeting community groups, they tell me this congestion crisis is hurting their way of life.

“I’m delighted Matthew Guy has listened to the concerns I raised and is providing this massive package of works to Eltham, Greensborough and Montmorency.”