Press Releases

  1. Grade Separation Works

    July 13, 2018

    The Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson, expressed concerns regarding the delay in proposed grade separation works at Park and Charman Roads, Cheltenham and Balcombe Road, Mentone.

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  2. Grade Separation at the Park Road Level Crossing - Government could not organise a chook raffle

    March 05, 2018

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  3. Flooding Issues on the Sandringham Line

    June 01, 2017

    The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today called upon the Minister for Public Transport to allocate funds to address flooding issues at the Prahran railway station. Recently multiple services have been cancelled on the Sandringham line due to flooding which has severely delayed railway commuters. The inconvenience caused to Sandringham electorate residents as a consequence of not being able to meet personal, work, school, or medical appointments is significant.

  4. MORE COMMUTER CAR PARKING NEEDED AT MENTONE AND CHELTENHAM STATIONS

    March 07, 2017

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  5. Victory for Community Advocacy

    February 20, 2017

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  6. Cost Benefit Analysis for Grade Separation Works on the Frankston Line

    December 21, 2016

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  7. Anti-Skyrail Rally at Victorian Parliament

    December 16, 2016

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  8. LATROBE STREET MENTONE CROSSING

    November 24, 2016

    Yesterday the Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson, raised the following Constituency Question in the Victorian Parliament:-

    My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Public Transport. The Latrobe Street crossing in Mentone on the Frankston line is a very important local transport conduit. It distributes traffic better within the area, providing access to Nepean Highway and the local suburbs of Cheltenham and Mentone and whenever Balcombe Road might be built up. In traffic it provides another traffic course. My question to the Minister for Public Transport is: will the minister take into account the weight of public opinion and the importance of continuing to provide transport access routes as Melbourne's population doubles rather than seeing the closure of the crossing as a good outcome, which has been mooted in some public discussions?

  9. Frankston line elevated rail proposal

    November 16, 2016

    The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson delivered the following Adjournment Debate in the Parliament of Victoria:


    Frankston line elevated rail proposal

    Mr THOMPSON (Sandringham)—(11 950) The
    matter I wish to raise this evening is for the attention of
    the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek
    is clarification by her of statements made earlier in the
    year that there will be no sky rail on the Frankston line
    and the comments by Kevin Devlin, the head of the
    Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) to a
    Committee for Economic Development of Australia
    (CEDA) function on 4 November 2016, as reported in
    the Age newspaper of 5 November, that:

    … the ‘best outcome’ for commuters might involve upsetting
    locals who don’t want sky rail.

    The issue regarding improved public transport
    infrastructure is a very important one for the people of
    Melbourne, not just on the Frankston line but also in
    other areas of Melbourne, as Melbourne’s population is
    projected to grow to more than double its present size
    over the next 30 years or thereabouts. There are a
    number of anomalies in relation to public transport
    infrastructure provision that I alluded to in the house
    earlier today, including the lack of provision for car
    parking into the future. The plans modelled for the
    Mentone and Cheltenham railway stations, on my
    reading, are quite explicit: there will not be one new car
    park provided beyond maintaining the existing number
    of car parks. This is an extraordinary position given
    population growth. One of the most frequent concerns
    raised by people within my electorate, and I understand
    across Melbourne, has been the lack of parking
    provision. There was a $20 million fund announced at
    the last election by the government but that will spread
    very thinly over metropolitan Melbourne with a couple
    of hundred stations concerned.
    The matter that I have drawn attention to and seek
    response from the minister on relates to the very keen
    community input. I have attended community debates
    and forums put on by the LXRA and met with local
    traders and local residents, and the overwhelming
    weight of community opinion regarding the new
    railway infrastructure is that the trench method, or
    cut-and-cover method, is one that is strongly favoured
    into the future. There is a concern about the economic
    modelling that will be used and the amortisation of
    costs, whether it be over 50 or 100 years, to produce the
    best result, and that elevated rail will cost more. I look
    forward to the minister responding to this very, very
    important issue that is of great interest to members of
    the community along the Frankston railway line and
    more particularly within the areas of the Sandringham
    electorate at Cheltenham and Mentone.

    On that same day, the following extract from his contribution to the Transport Integration amendment (Head, Transport for Victoria and other Governance Reforms) Bill 2016 was also delivered in the Parliament of Victoria:

    I would now like to return to the comments of
    Mr Kevin Devlin as reported in the Age newspaper of
    5 November. They were comments made to a
    Committee for Economic Development of Australia
    (CEDA) function on 4 November 2016:

    … hinting that the ‘best outcome’ for commuters might
    involve upsetting locals who don’t want sky rail.

    I place that comment in contrast to statements made by
    the federal member for Isaacs on 13 June 2016 when
    there was the republication of a statement by the
    Minister for Public Transport, as I understand, that
    there will be no sky rail along the Frankston line. I seek
    clarification really on this very important point in the
    summary of this debate: will there be sky rail on the
    Frankston line or will there not be sky rail on the
    Frankston line? A new turn of phrase has entered the
    debate—sky bridges, rail bridges—but if you add the
    distance in Cheltenham of a sky bridge and then the
    distance in Mentone of a sky bridge, you get over
    2 kilometres of elevated rail. The juxtaposition of those
    remarks by the federal member for Isaacs with the
    statement by the head of the Level Crossing Removal
    Authority (LXRA) will send panic into the minds of
    many, many people who will be adversely affected by a
    policy that they did not have the opportunity to vote
    upon. They did not have the opportunity to choose
    whether there would be a sky rail.

  10. Sandringham Electorate

    November 16, 2016

    The Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson delivered the following Constituency Question in the Parliament of Victoria:


    Sandringham electorate

    Mr THOMPSON (Sandringham)—(11 967) My
    constituency question is directed to the Minister for
    Public Transport. My question to the minister is: does
    the government have any plans to expand car parking
    around Sandringham electorate railway stations? The
    lack of parking, with Melbourne’s population doubling
    over the next 30 years, is a major, major issue. There is
    a massive shortage of parking at the Sandringham,
    Highett, Cheltenham and Mentone railway stations,
    which has forced elderly residents at times to park up to
    a kilometre away from the stations. With Melbourne’s
    population projected to double, there being no increase
    in parking in the Sandringham electorate is a grievous
    issue for many people. I would welcome the advice of
    the minister in relation to the Sandringham electorate
    specifically.

  11. LACK OF ADEQUATE CAR PARKING AT SANDRINGHAM ELECTORATE STATIONS

    September 22, 2016

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  12. Grade Separation of Road and Rail

    September 08, 2016

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  13. Train Cancellations on the Frankston and Sandringham lines

    August 30, 2016

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  14. Commuters win - railway car parks for their use only

    October 13, 2014

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  15. Mentone Station now improved thanks to the $115 million Frankston line upgrade

    October 09, 2014

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  16. Highett Station now improved thanks to the $115 million Frankston line upgrade

    August 12, 2014

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  17. Extra peak hour trains for the Sandringham electorate

    July 08, 2014

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  18. Highett Rail Station gets PSOs

    June 02, 2014

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  19. Building better train services for Sandringham Electorate commuters

    May 21, 2014

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  20. Coalition Government Building a Better Sandringham

    May 06, 2014

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  21. Southland Station

    April 23, 2014

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  22. PSO’s at Sandringham Station

    April 07, 2014

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  23. Easing the pressure on family budgets in Sandringham - reducing public transport fares

    March 26, 2014

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  24. $650,000 boost for Banksia Reserve

    November 19, 2013

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  25. Commuters win as suburban train performance improves on the Sandringham Line

    November 11, 2013

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  26. PSOs deployed to Mentone and Cheltenham rail stations

    July 29, 2013

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  27. Coalition Government building for growth in Sandringham

    May 08, 2013

    Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson today welcomed the Victorian Coalition Government's 2013/14 Budget investments in the Southern and South Eastern regions of Melbourne including the Sandringham electorate.

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  28. Taxi Rank Funding set to improve safety

    October 08, 2012

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  29. Southland Station project status

    July 30, 2012

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  30. Zone 1 for Sandringham Not Imminent

    August 01, 2011

    For many years there has been a call for the entire Sandringham line to be designated “Zone 1” for ticketing purposes.

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