Springfield railway 2 years early

THE $646 million Springfield rail line will be delivered two years ahead of schedule.

Part of tomorrow's State Budget announcement, The Queensland Times can exclusively reveal the move will fast-track one of the western corridor's major pieces of infrastructure.

State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the development would now be delivered in 2013.

“This result is a huge win for all the communities of Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Augustine Heights, Redbank Plains and Bellbird Park,” Mrs Miller said.

“I've been telling (Treasurer Andrew Fraser) how important this project is for our area, and the impact it would have on sustainable public transport for families.”

Mrs Miller said the 10-kilometre line was the next step in Springfield's evolution.

“It will provide a direct link between Springfield and Brisbane, which will mean a lot to the community. It will offer better access, cheaper travel, less congestion and fewer delays,” she said.

“It's about giving these growth suburbs access to world-class public transport, significantly improving the way they travel, and a better work and family balance.

“It will also hopefully relieve the car-parking pressures at the Redbank, Goodna, Gailes and Wacol railway stations.”

Mrs Miller said tomorrow's announcement was part of a commitment to public transport across Ipswich.

“We believe in public transport as a means to get people out of their cars, to cut congestion, reduce greenhouse gases and manage growth,” she said.

“We've already invested almost $400 million to build a new line from Darra to Richlands, and getting the rail line to Springfield as soon as possible is really important.

“Tomorrow's State Budget announcement will also include $104 million to complete the rail line from Darra to Richlands and $25 million to complete the third track from Corinda to Darra.”

The Budget will be delivered by Queensland Treasurer and Employment and Economic Development Minister Andrew Fraser tomorrow afternoon.



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