Opposition leader Matthew Guy said a Coalition government would begin by building two tracks from Cranbourne to Clyde, then duplicate earlier sections of the tracks.
“Stage two will then be the full upgrade of the line from Cranbourne to Dandenong,” Guy said.
Guy also promised to tackle other major shortfalls in public transport services in the area by improving bus services between Frankston East, Langwarrin, Baxter and Portsea and Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula.
“We need to ease the population squeeze, which is why I am focused on planning for decentralising our population growth, and that means more roads and more public transport,” Guy said.
“If we are going to decentralise Victoria’s population, we need to provide more education and health services, as well as build and upgrade rail lines to areas lik Langwarrin and Baxter.
“A new station at Frankston East will improve access to Frankston Hospital for patients and families, as well as health professionals, and it will also help students get to the local campus of Monash University.”
Acting premier James Merlino has responded, saying the Liberal Party has a poor record of delivering public transport infrastructure in government.
“Who can forget they promised to deliver Doncaster rail and did nothing, they promised to deliver Rowville rail and did nothing, they promised to deliver Avalon rail and did nothing,” Merlino said.
In December last year, the Andrews government set aside $3 million to purchase land for a future station at Cranbourne East.