South: Peninsula Link

The proposed Frankston Bypass road project will include an adjacent shared path, going from Paterson River in Carrum Downs and eventually to Mornington

Peninsula Link signed, sealed and delivered.

28 January 2015. The Peninsula Link trail has reopened following the completion of the all-weather section through The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve at Frankston North.

There is now a fully sealed path from Patterson Lakes through to Moorooduc.

The path is a significant addition to the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula walking and cycling networks. It is also the single biggest addition to Melbourne's shared use path network since the EastLink Trail.

The sealing of the gravel path through The Pines was delayed as it required federal government environmental permits.

Parks Victoria, VicRoads, Melbourne Water, Bicycle Network and local councils gave input into the development and route of the shared use path.

Highlights of the route include a connection to the Dandenong Creek trail at Patterson River, a new pedestrian bridge at Thompson Road, Patterson Lakes, and a combined pedestrian-pipe bridge near Willow Road, Frankston offering links to the Baxter Trail.

To be fully utilised, connections at either end need completion. At the northern end the trail needs to be sealed from Greens Road, Dandenong South, down to Patersons Lakes and on to the Bay. At the southern end a trail has to be constructed from Moorooduc across to Mornington.

Victorian VoteBike tells candidates this project matters

18 October 2014. There’s a saying that goes ‘I ride a bike and I vote.’ That’s something important to consider as we head towards the Victorian State Election. Because as a bike rider and voter in Victoria, you have the opportunity to tell all candidates that Victoria needs more and better infrastructure for bike riders! There are many good reasons for this – the most important is for the health of Victorians.

Two-thirds of Victorians aren’t active enough to stay healthy – many are at high risk of preventable and deadly diseases like heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and some cancers. Many also suffer from mental health issues which research shows can be improved through regular exercise.

Bike riding is the solution! It’s such an easy way for Victorians to get active and improve (or maintain) their physical and mental health. Not to mention the other benefits like reduced road congestion.

At the moment, 877,000 Victorians ride a bike every week (2.03 million ride at least once a year*) and this number will grow with the right infrastructure in place – improving the health of the community.

With all these riders (and potential riders), you can see why the demand for better conditions for bikes has never been greater.

Here’s how you can help – by letting your local candidate know that cycling infrastructure matters.

Our State election page has specific projects in your electorate; join us in telling the candidates you want to see more people cycling more often.
At the northern end this trail needs to be sealed from Greens Road down to the Bay. At the southern end it needs to be completed from its current end at Moorooduc Highway across to Mornington

*National Cycling Participation Survey 2013

Pining for path completion

16 October 2014. The gravel section of the Peninsula Link path through The Pines  Flora and Fauna Reserve in Frankston North is currently being upgraded.

Linking Melbourne Authority has received approval for the works after a lengthy delay.

"The gravel Pines Shared User Path (approximately 2 kilometres long) is currently being upgraded to a 3 metre wide concrete pavement," the Authority said in a statement.

This project will complete the Shared User Path to an all weather surface (either asphalt or concrete) for the entire length of the Peninsula Link Freeway.

Unfortunately due to the movement of construction vehicles and limited points of alternative safe access, a section of the path will be closed to the public while construction activities are in progress. The impacted section of the path is highlighted in the diagram.

Expected Construction Period: Starting 25 August 2014 for 12 weeks
This section of Shared User Path will be generally CLOSED to the public between:
Monday 7:00 am and Friday 5:00 pm
And generally OPEN between:
Friday 5:00 pm and Monday 7:00 am.

Mornington Railway now taking bikes

14 August 2104. The heritage Mornington Railway can now takes bikes on board between Moorooduc and Mornington Stations, enabling riders to link up the Peninsula Link Trail to Mornington and to the Nepean Highway when the trains are running.

Bikes are carried subject to space availability in a specific van as directed by station staff after purchase of a passenger ticket at standard fare, and a bicycle ticket (currently $2.00 per bicycle one way).

Cyclists intending to board/reboard the train at Mornington should note when the last train (which terminates at Moorooduc) departs from Mornington station.

If you are starting the journey by car, free parking is available at Moorooduc and Mornington station for rail patrons.

Moorooduc car park closes at 5pm sharp. Mornington car park closes at 4 pm sharp. Riders intending to use Peninsula Link Trail after a train ride must move their cars from the Moorooduc car park prior to closing.

The trail is open for business

05 June 2013. Locals jumped on their bikes as Minister for Roads Terry Mulder officially opened the Peninsula Link Trail in time for the Queen's Birthday weekend.

Considered the largest piece of “health and fun infrastructure” in the south east of Metropolitan Melbourne, riders and walkers are now able to enjoy the 25 kilometre shared path built as part of the Peninsula Link freeway project

Bicycle Network's CEO Craig Richards and Transport Networks Manager Jason den Hollander joined State Government Members of Parliament Donna Bauer and Geoff Shaw, local riders, the Mornington Peninsula Council and the companies responsible to witness the path's official opening. Read the Minister's press release here.

Mr Mulder said that safety for walkers and cyclists and direct connections were major considerations in the design of the Peninsula Link Trail.

“The Peninsula Link Trail was designed and constructed to improve connections for the community, as it links with many open spaces, other trails, parks and reserves,” Mr Mulder said.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards welcomed the trail’s completion. “This project has created wonderful opportunities for local communities to get more physical activity by riding their bike,” Mr Richards said.

“The Peninsula Link Bike Trail is health infrastructure just as much as it is recreational infrastructure. People are increasingly aware of the health benefits of cycling and they are desperate for safe places to ride.”

The final sections included two pedestrian bridges, boardwalks and traffic signals near the Moorooduc Tourist Railway, and finally the unsealed path through the Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve. We expect the Pines section to be sealed once federal environmental department approval is signed for associated elements of the projects' works.

The southern section along the disused railway corridor proved a challenge to constructors, with some boardwalks and elevated sections necessary due to sensitive and some boggy sections.

The completion of the trail in time for the Queen's Birthday Long weekend meant that many locals were able to get out and explore the 25 kilometre length from Carrum Downs to Moorooduc or set off from Federation Trail along the Main Yarra Trail, Koonung Creek Path, and its nearby 'path-cousin', the EastLink Path.

Train Stations at Heatherdale, Ringwood, Yarraman, Seaford or Frankston affords riders many options to pick and choose which parts they want to explore.

Our campaigning focus will now swing toward completing the path from Moorooduc to the nearby Bay at Mornington.

Photos by Rodney Dekker

Almost there . . .

21 January 2013. The Peninsula Link Trail team have made substantial progress over the New Year's break with about 17 of the total 25 kilometres now open for business, although not necessarily continuous.

Riders will be able to enjoy many newly opened sections while waiting for the two remaining sections of path to be constructed in The Pines Reserve and west of Somerton Road along the old railway easement. The Pines Reserve section is awaiting Federal environmental approval.

For further details refer the GoogleMap, right. Please note: Green = completed, Pink = incomplete

Riders can now proceed south from the Patterson River where the path begins. From there you can proceed south across Thompson Road whilst the completed overpass receives its final touches.

From there riders can enjoy an uninterrupted ride down to the Seaford Wetlands where another overpass has been constructed, but not open, to take riders over the Frankston Freeway. There is also a short section of path underway leading up to the Old wells Road crossing (west of Frankston Freeway Overpass).

The path is completed on the east side of the Frankston Freeway where you can head on over to watch the St Kilda Football Club train at Belvedere Park, should you be so inclined, down to Ballarto Road. There is no current path between the Ballarto Road overpass of Peninsula Link and The Pines Reserve.

The path through The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve is still under construction and an alignment is still to be finalised. Access is possible, however we recommend anyone not on a mountain bike capable of handling the existing trails wait until this section of path has been delivered.

South of the Pines the path has been completed and continues all the way down  to the Frankston-Flinders Road.

Construction is still proceeding further south of here along the Freeway corridor and branches off along the defunct Mornington Tourist Railway corridor. It will eventually be built through to the Moorooduc Highway. This southern most section and the Pines Reserve section are progressing on schedule and completion is due in April 2013.

Peninsula Link path completion pending

4 September 2012. More of the Peninsula Link bike and walking path will be completed soon, according to the latest construction schedule.

The Eastlinlk to Seaford section should be completed about now, with landscaping continuing to the end of the year. Further along at At The Pines work on the path will continue to the end of the year.

At Karingal the path should be finished sometime this month while the section through Baxter will take another month.

The zones through Moorooduc and Devilbend should be complete about now although the landscaping will be ongoing until the new year.

The Peninsula Link Path continues to take shape with this new bike overpass at Thompsons Road near Carrum Downs being placed in position in the dead of night.

Election opportunity for candidates to show support

15 August 2012.  Bicycle Network has identified this project as a local council priority for the 2012 Local Government election.

Specifically the external links to the path from the bay and the Frankston central area near the station and activity Centre. Traders will reap the benefits of the thousands of path users who will arrive in search of a meal, etc.

Candidates should be ready to support the development and full or partial funding of this project in conjunction with State Government and can tell riders in their Council area their position by posting their candidates' statement at VoteBike.

Path Progresses

21 December 2011. The following has just in from the Linking Melbourne Authority team managing the project...

"With Peninsula Link nearing its final year of construction and the road progressing at a rapid rate, attention is starting to shift towards the 25 kilometre walking and cycling path, known as the Peninsula Link Trail.

The Peninsula Link Trail begins at Patterson Lakes and travels through to the Mt Eliza Regional Park in Moorooduc, with connections to the Dandenong Creek and Baxter Trails .

So far construction of the path has focused mainly on areas located away from the freeway, with the section between Patterson Lakes and Seaford almost complete. Construction in this area is currently focused on the pedestrian bridges across Thompson Road and the Frankston Freeway. Work has also started along the Mornington Tourist Rail Line in Moorooduc, which includes two board walk sections.

This year we’ll start working on sections of the trail closer to the freeway, with construction to start in March on the section north of Frankston Dandenong Road through to Baxter. When completed, the area around the path will be landscaped with native vegetation and directional signage will be included to local attractions. If you want to know more, contact the 24-hour community line on 1300 435 035."

Residents' fears overcome

29 June 2011. A section of the Peninsula Link bike trail at Paterson Lakes will be redesigned after local residents complained that their security and privacy were threatened.

Work on the project was halted while concerned locals tried to stop the trail passing through their neighbourhood.

The member for Carrum, Donna Bauer, has announced that work on the new cycling and walking path through Patterson Lakes would proceed immediately thanks to the inclusion of new design improvements.

“Additional low level fencing and landscaping will now be included along the route to address privacy and security concerns, with Peninsula Link project parties and Kingston Council to confirm with residents that the path will address overshadowing and overlooking requirements", Ms Bauer said.

“We know that well-planned paths can actually help to reduce vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the vicinity, however I have obtained assurance that the pathway will be closely monitored upon opening to ensure that it is meeting these expectations.”

The cycling path was being built as part of the Peninsula Link freeway and would connect Patterson River at Patterson Lakes with the Mt Eliza Regional Park to the south and the EastLink Trail to the north.

Ms Bauer said that whilst she supported the creation of local walking and cycling opportunities, she was concerned about the impact it would have on adjacent residents and the decision to situate the path in the vicinity of Laguna and Illawong Crescents.

“As there is no scope to change the route, I’ve worked hard to negotiate a range of design improvements and construction of the pathway north of Thompson Road was temporary halted this week whilst I did this work.

“There is no doubt this cycling and walking path is an important community asset that will encourage local people to get active and take advantage of new recreational opportunities.

“The path will be a significant addition to the local walking and cycling network and is one of the many benefits that the Peninsula Link freeway will bring to our area.”

Ms Bauer said that Kingston City Council had been intimately involved in the development of the cycling and walking path, and would take over its management upon completion.

“Council has emphasised its strong support for the path in the determined location, and they will become the ultimate managers and maintainers of the facility upon its completion.”

Ms Bauer said that she had also been in contact with many local people looking forward to using the cycling and walking path once it opened.

“Many people have provided feedback to say they are looking forward to using the path to walk the dog or ride their bike once it opens, and have encouraged the team to get on with the work.”

Peninsula Link Trail centrepiece of new park

24 November 2010. A chain of landscaped parks, to be known as the Frankston Greenbelt, will be provided along the 25 kilometre Peninsula Link Trail from Seaford to Baxter.

Premier John Brumby made the commitment a plank the the ALP election campaign.

“The Peninsula Link Trail is a key part of the Peninsula Link project and will connect communities to green open spaces and bring opportunities for people to ride bikes, walk or run along the trail and enjoy the parks and playgrounds as well as sporting facilities", Mr Brumby said.

As part of a $5.5 million investment, the Government would commit $3.25 million to building visitor and primary school educational facilities for the new Frankston Reservoir Park, which will be progressively opened to the public from 2011.

“At present, there are few native vegetation links between the existing parks that ring Frankston to the east, which are mostly separated by several kilometres of residential or industrial land."

Mr Brumby said the new funding would further enhance the Peninsula Link Trail, which will already link to the popular East Link Trail, providing a 25 kilometre connection between Patterson Lakes and Carrum and the Mt Eliza Regional Park.

“A future Labor Government will allocate $2.8 million to provide shared trail connections that link existing trails along this corridor and provide links between the parks and will include upgraded visitor facilities, new signage and landscaping,” he said.

The Frankston Greenbelt is intended to be a cooperative management arrangement between Parks Victoria, the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula councils and other land managers responsible for parks along the corridor.

Link constructor chosen: Two thirds of path confirmed

21 January 2010. A 22km bike path from the Paterson River to Moorooduc will be built as part of the $759M Peninsula Link project.

It will be completed by 2013 and will be Melbourne's biggest bike path project since the Eastlink path. It will connect to Eastlink, producing a continuous route into Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

The project is a vital (but so far incomplete) part of the plan to get bike path access from Melbourne CBD right through to the tourism magnets of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Bay.

The Southern Way consortium has been awarded the contract to build Peninsula Link. The project has so far committed to connection to the Moorooduc Highway at the Tourist Rail terminal.

The Linking Melbourne Authority (formerly SIETA) is working with Mornington Peninsula and State Government agencies to achieve a workable link along the tourist rail corridor reaching Mornington.

This project is another example of the mainstreaming commitment to bikes as part of all major road and rail projects that the Premier and Minister for Roads made as part of the Victorian Bicycle Strategy in March 2009.

The project as committed does, however, present new challenges, and there is still one crucial commitment not yet met.

Providing critical links to surrounding bike networks will ensure the success of the path. Completing the link along the Baxter/Hastings trail would mean Melbourne riders could potentially ride to Hastings and also catch the Ferry to French and Phillip Islands, and also connect to the Bass Coast Rail Trail.

The existing link from the north between the EastLink path and the proposed starting point of the Peninsula Link is a poor quality, gravel path which will struggle to meet the new demands placed upon it by higher rider volumes. This section needs to be sealed and an improved bridge provided at the Eumemmerring Creek crossing.

In December 2009 the Minister for Roads, Tim Pallas, stated: “A cycling and walking path will also be created along the entire roadway". Whilst the road project provides a link to the peninsula for vehicles, the bike route ceases at Mornington.

Bicycle Network is asking that the full link to the peninsula also be provided for bikes. This can be achieved by utilising the existing Council built path (refer map, dark blue) south of the Mornington Rail corridor to the Briars and then rejoining the Road corridor (refer map, orange) to reach Martha Cove and the Bay Trail.

Providing this final link would not only provide a transport and recreation function for riders but also open up a myriad of tourism opportunities.

Investigations proceed

30 April 2009. Bicycle Network has met with SEITA, Parks Victoria and also the Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula Councils to discuss what the bike priorities are for the Peninsula Link project. It is looking more likely that the path alignment may switch over to the west side (as opposed to the east side as designated in the EES) for much of the corridor. This would serve the majority of residents in the area well.

The final alignment has not been finalised as yet; we will keep you up to date as more information comes to hand. We will be calling upon the commitment made in December for the path to 'be created along the entire roadway' to be honoured.

Government calls for constructors. But will they complete the path?

9 April 2009. The State Government has announced that they are forging ahead with the Peninsula Link. An Expressions of Interest has been put out with a shortlist of constructors finalised in May.

At this stage a more detailed requirements brief will be given to the shortlisted tenderers in June. It is, however, unclear as to whether riders can expect a full path or not.

Bicycle Network has requested a meeting with SEITA to present our concept for a fully linked path. The four priorities are listed below.

It is hoped that decisions which led to weaknesses in the Geelong Bypass Path and the southern section of the Eastlink path can be avoided by being considered at the start of the process.

A path to nowhere proposed as part of Frankston Bypass EES release

Feb 2009. The Bypass Environmental Effects Statement ha been released by SEITA. Bicycle Network met with SIETA in 2006 during the EastLink process when the EES brief was being formulated and submitted that a shared path should also be considered as part of the Frankston Bypass project.

Whilst we welcome the path's consideration in the project and the linkage to the existing path network at the northern end of the corridor we are dissapointed the path stops at Bungower Rd, Somerville. In the larger context of the network this is in the middle of nowhere and fails to link to the peninsula; on either the west or east side. There is a vague reference to a potential future link to Mornington but this would not be constructed as part of the Bypass's scope and so the path would effectively be a dead end.

In a nutshell there are three strong opportunities that the Frankston Bypass offers the bike network
We believe all three have merit and will make presentations to the State Government that all three be built.

One - Link to the Bay Trail at Safety Beach

This would be relatively easy to achieve as there are few physical constraints with the path continuing further south than the current proposal. This is represented by the red and orange lines on the map (right). 

Two - Link to Hastings

The Frankston to Hastings path is almost complete but lacks one pivotal link (shown in Purple, map right) along the rail easement between Golf Links Road and Baxter Station. VicTrack have been strong opponents to this link however we believe a solution canbe found along the corridor which ensures all stakeholders' needs are met. This link would complete an exciting route as it would not only get riders to Hastings but the path continues to Somers and Balnarring. In time this old rail trail could be continued around to Red Hill and back to Port Phillip Bay which would greatly boost tourism and recreatino on the peninsula. The other key asset to the hastings link would be the potential that the Phillip Island ferry offers, allowing riders to cross over to the island and ride the network there and eventually beyond to the Bass Coast Rail Trail.

Three - Mornington Link

The Bypass proposal makes reference to a 'potential future link' to Mornington along the tourist railway easement (blue on map, right). This link has strong merit and deserves to be built. As part of the Bypass project, not in the future.

The report states: "Residents would benefit from the establishment of a pedestrian walking and cycling path
along the bypass, creating new recreational opportunities. A three metre wide path would be provided incorporating several pedestrian bridges and underpasses. The route would be finalised in consultation with Bicycle Network and local councils; it is likely that it would connect to the Paterson River path which forms part of the Dandenong Valley and EastLink Trails. There would also be an opportunity to join the pathway south of Baxter towards Mornington, possibly along the disused Mornington Rail Line."

Beyond these three new links the existing section of path (shwon in ochre) between the southern end of the EastLink path, along the Patterson River and leading to the proposed Frankston Bypass path should be sealed as the numbers of users has exploded since the EastLink path has been completed and will only grow if the Frankston Bypass path is built.

Later in the report they go on to say...
"5.10 Bicycle and pedestrian paths and crossings
As part of the Frankston Bypass project, locations of shared-use paths and pedestrian bridges have been identified and these are shown in Figure 5.1. Shared-use paths will be three metres wide and consist of paved pathways that generally follow the existing surface with connections to existing paths."

We believe that this path is a great opportunity to connect the peninsula to the Metroploitan Train Network and should be seen in this context. As such the path should connect to path network on the peninsula or at a minimum get riders to a solid destination. The most logical place to aim for is back to the coast at either Safety Beach or Dromana. Any further north would still present problems of steep gradient.

We urge you to submit your thoughts

planning.panels@dtpli.vic.gov.au

Note, submissions must include the name and postal address of the submitter. Anonymous submissions will not be considered. Copies of all submissions received will be forwarded to the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and SEITA.

State Government commits to Frankston Bypass - with a bike path

8 December 2008. Today Minister Pallas announced the Frankston Bypass will proceed and has committed to buiild a path as part of the project

Mr Pallas stated “A cycling and walking path will also be created along the entire roadway to provide new
recreational and lifestyle opportunities for residents and visitors.”