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More than 200 bayside locals have marched along the train line from Chelsea to Edithvale in protest over the government's plans along the Frankston train line.
The protesters called on the government to commit to building an underground tunnel, rather than elevated rail.
Hundreds of protesters called on the government to commit to building an underground tunnel, rather than elevated rail. Photo: Jason SouthLoud, angry and well equipped, they sipped from bottles of water with "It's not over till it's under" printed on the labels, wore "No Sky Rail" T-shirts and held "No Sky Rail" balloons.
"You can have your own opinion, but you can't have your own facts," declared protest engineering spokesman Sean Wise, gesturing to a crane behind him.
Residents marched along the train line from Chelsea to Edithvale to protest against the goverment's plans for the Frankston train line. Photo: Jason South"This structure is 10 metres. Add another six!"
Some locals fear that the government will build lengthy sections of elevated rail, similar to sky rail, as part of its plans to remove level crossings in the area.
The government said it was still consulting on the plan but elevated rail could only be used in short sections along the Frankston line.
Liberal MP Inga Peulich predicted the project would be Premier Daniel Andrews' "epitaph".
A 10-metre crane was raised to show how an elevated rail line would affect locals. Photo: Jason South"It will be his tombstone," she said.
Fellow Liberal MP David Davis said even though it would cost "a bit more" to put the structure underground, "you're talking about a structure that's going to be there for 100 years".
The protesters are unhappy with the government's consultation process. Photo: Wayne Taylor"There are no structural reasons why this can't go under," he said.
No Sky Rail: Frankston Line president Willem Popp said the community was angry with the government's consultation process.
"If they can put the rail under road in Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon, why can't they do it here?"
Mr Andrews sought to ease sky rail fears on the Frankston line by pointing out that not all level crossings were being removed in the area.
"There will be some people who seek to play politics with these things; that's not my game," Mr Andrews said on Sunday.
He said the double fatality in Surrey Hills last week was a tragic reminder of why level crossings had to be removed.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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