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On the buses: Frankston line trains will not be stopping all stations in early January. Picture: Yanni

Train pain is on way day on a modern network,” Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said in a statement. People travelling to Melbourne during the works are advised to allow an extra 40-75 minutes depending on journey distance to arrive at a destination. Frankston line passengers will unfortunately not benefit from the new High Capacity Metro Trains in the short term, due to first run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019. The new trains can carry 20 per cent more passengers than existing Metro Trains. The High Capacity Metro Trains are being built under a public-private partnership between the Labor state government and the

Neil Walker neil@baysidenews.com.au COMMUTERS will face some early new year travel pain on the Frankston line while work is undertaken around Caulfield Junction to ensure new High Capacity Metro Trains can run through the junction. Power to the rail line between Moorabbin and Flinders St on the Frankston line will be switched off from 2 January until 9 January and buses will shuttle passengers to stations to and from Moorabbin between the station and Melbourne station. “I thank passengers for their patience as we get these works done – to run bigger trains, more often, every

Evolution Rail consortium. The consortium includes the Downer Group, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and the Plenary Group. Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen wrote on his personal blog that it is unfortunate that authorities including Public Transport Victoria do not give more than a couple of weeks’ notice about line closures so city workers can plan to take leave or work from home instead of travelling on buses. “Trust me when I say that as a Frankston passenger, this is not going to be fun,” he wrote. “Some of these projects are years in planning. It beats me why authorities don’t flag them further in advance more than a couple of weeks.”

A STATE government website tracking the performance of councils across Victoria shows Frankston Council makes far more decisions at meetings closed to the public than comparable councils across the state. The Know Your Council site, launched by the Labor state government two years ago, is updated annually to give ratepayers a snapshot of how their council is performing across a range of services including community care, planning and waste collection. Information on the site for the 201516 financial year, released last week, shows 17.44 per cent of council decisions were made by councillors behind closed doors compared to an average of 7.17 per cent at similar councils. The average at all councils was 9.45 per cent. Victorian Local Government Minister Marlene Kairouz focused on transparency at councils when releasing the updated figures this month. “We’re making councils more accountable and transparent to the ratepayers they represent,” Ms Kairouz said in a statement. “Know Your Council is a great resource for all things local government and includes important information on the function of councils, election in-

formation, key contacts and news from across the sector. “This latest round of data will allow ratepayers to better monitor how their council is performing now – compared to previous years and other councils.” A statement from Frankston Council management on the Know Your Council said: “Over 50 per cent of decisions made in closed council meetings related to contracts over $500,000.” The Know Your Council site listed community satisfaction with council decisions at 54 per cent, lower than an average of 59 per cent at comparable councils but in line with an average of 54 per cent at all councils. Council fared better on the basics of “rates, roads and rubbish” than on transparency. The site shows 95.34 per cent of roads in Frankston are sealed “to condition standards” against a 94.97 per cent average at similar councils. In Frankston, an average of just 1.34 rubbish bins were missed for collection per 10,000 households, well below similar-sized councils’ average of 5.68 missed per 10,000 households. Council collected $1166 on average per ratepayer in the municipality compared to $1564.95 at similar councils. See knowyourcouncil.vic.gov.au online for council performance data and responses from council management in each service category.

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