Last week I asked the Minister for Public Transport whether the Andrews Government will commit to duplicating the Hurstbridge railway line from Greensborough through Eltham and provide the funding for it in the upcoming budget.
The government has funded some planning and development work for the duplication of this section of the line at a cost of $5 million, but it has been a project with little information available to the public other than the minister saying the focus is on addressing the single-track constraint between the two stations.
In answer to a previous question, the minister indicated that station infrastructure changes and upgrades may also be required at Greensborough, Montmorency and Eltham, but there has been no indication as to whether this project will go ahead, when it might occur or the costs.
Commuters are currently dealing with train services that are partially shut down for further duplication, but these end at Greensborough. There has been no indication from the government as to when it will commit to further stages of the line's duplication.
With severe local road congestion in Eltham, which the Andrews government has been unwilling to address, commuters need a reliable train service. This government ought to say if and when they will deliver the full duplication of the Hurstbridge line.