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Our petition has been posted to Public Transport Victoria, and we have just received a response:
"I acknowledge receipt of your comments regarding the Mornington Peninsula, and Network service planning, received on 24 October 2015.
I forwarded on your feedback to the Network Planning team and have been advised that Mornington is inside the metropolitan area. It is therefore outside the scope of the Regional Network Development Plan.
Future planning for Mornington Peninsula is captured for rail in the NDP-MR, (Network Development Plan - Metropolitan Rail) and the future NDP planning for the bus network down there."
PTV has revealed that a Network Development Plan for buses is coming up, and the peninsula will be part of that, but no amount of buses are going to speed up travel times to Frankston, nor will they be adequate for the many workers and holidaymakers travelling between the peninsula and Melbourne. This is why the peninsula needs to be part of a plan for RAIL; buses to Frankston and Melbourne do not cut it.
It also means there are no plans whatsoever to improve the Stony Point line apart from electrification to Baxter, which would force the line's many Frankston workers to change trains at Baxter.
Plans are in place to contact local members Greg Hunt and Martin Dixon, in hopes that they could pledge support for improved rail on the peninsula, and that they could convince PTV to change their stance.
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