Melbourne Metro System: The Peninsula Loop Metro

Peninsula Loop Metro

The scenario below is for a Mandurah style (Transperth) Rapid Rail link for Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula. To my knowledge there has never been any feasibility study for such a line. This said historically passenger services run from Frankston to Mornington from 1889 to 1981. It is surprising also that there is no advocacy for such a rail line, especially after all the controversy with the recently completed Peninsular Link motorway and for the fact that public transport on the developed Port Phillip Bay side of the peninsula is so poor in service provided. With the transition being made over the past two or more decades from mostly holiday residences to permanent dwellings and commuter population there seems the need even more to look into a rail transit system for this region. As development historically is mostly linear and that the new Peninsular Link motorway has a wide enough median alignment for certainly a bidirectional rapid rail link from Frankston to Sorrento. It would be required for tunnelling in places.

Fig. 01: Schematic map of the envisaged Melbourne Metro System with a Peninsula Loop Metro extension of the existing Frankston Line, currently being upgraded to Metro operations with the grade separation of level crossings.