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384 years of togetherness

Line’s train pain revealed Continued from Page 1 On the connecting Stony Point line 4.8 per cent of train services were cancelled from 2 January 2017 until 31 January this year compared to a 1.1 per cent cancellation rate on the Frankston line. The Frankston line cancellations may make state Labor MPs in the marginal sandbelt seats of Frankston (Paul Edbrooke), Carrum (Sonya Kilkenny), Mordialloc (Tim Richardson) and Bentleigh (Nick Staikos) nervous ahead of the upcoming state election in November. The four sets swung from Liberal to Labor at the 2014 election and could be the key to winning government for both the Labor Party and Liberal National Coalition. Train service performance results going back to 2001 showing service delays and cancellations also when Coalition state governments were in power are now available at PTV’s website.

LOVE is in the air at Baptcare’s Peninsula View Community in Moorooduc Highway, Frankston South. Nine couples living in the aged care community have been married a total of 384 years. Peninsula View has provision for couples to stay together, and encourages them to support one another during the sometimes-difficult transition into residential aged care, communications officer Claire Macuz said. Jack and Dot Cayless have been married for 71 years – slightly longer than Gwen and Doug Hildebrand who have been together for 70 years. The recent romance of Margaret Grey and Francis Thompson proves that love has no bounds, with the couple enjoying their first year together after a Commitment Ceremony early last year. Other couples at the community having been together for between 10 and 66 years, proving Peninsula View is a great place for elderly couples, Ms Macuz said.

Roundabout way to safety

Works overdue: A roundabout is being built at the Robinsons RoadWestern Port Highway intersection to improve “the most dangerous road on the peninsula”. Pictures: Gary Sissons

WITH a recent history that includes 17 crashes requiring emergency services, the intersection of Western Port Highway and Robinsons Road, Langwarrin, is receiving an overdue upgrade. A roundabout at the intersection is expected to be completed in June. Of the 17 crashes during the five years to June 2015, 14 involved cross traffic which resulted in seven serious injuries and two fatalities – one involving 19-year-old Olivia Steadman-Meconi, of Mt Eliza, who crashed in May, 2015. Her death

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VicRoads’ website says. In the first stage, a section of Robinsons Road (West) entering from Western Port Highway will be closed for about eight weeks from late January. Police are urging drivers to note the changed traffic conditions in the area during the building of the roundabout, citing short-term pain for long-term gain. “The end result will be a much safer intersection for everyone travelling through it,” they said. Stephen Taylor

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