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Second railway line for city a long-term aim

RAIL ROUTE: The preferred railway corridor was identified by the Ipswich to Springfield Public Transport Corridor Study in 2007.
RAIL ROUTE: The preferred railway corridor was identified by the Ipswich to Springfield Public Transport Corridor Study in 2007. Contributed

THE Springfield railway station will be completed this year and there are more plans to increase railway networks in Ipswich.

The railway connection between Springfield and Ipswich is a key focus of the Department of Transport and Main Roads' long-term plans.

A preferred route for the railway line, including proposed stations at UQ, Churchill, Yamanto, Ripley and Redbank Plains, has been identified and protected by the State Government.

A Transport and Main Roads (TMR) spokesman confirmed to the QT the route was still a department priority.

"Transport and Main Roads has identified a preferred route for a rail connection between Ipswich and Springfield and is currently protecting the corridor," he said.

"It is still a part of our long-term plans.

"TMR planning considered environmental factors and feedback from an extensive community consultation process."

The preferred railway corridor was identified by the Ipswich to Springfield Public Transport Corridor Study in 2007 and then approved by the transport minister in 2009.

A map of the route was designed in 2007 and reviewed by TMR as recently as August according to the department's website.

Rail Back On Track spokesman Robert Dow said while no dates had been set for the project yet, he appreciated the long-term planning.

"It's a longer-term aim, but this is the way it has to be done from now on," he said. "We can't afford to not be building railway lines."

Mr Dow said Rail Back On Track had pushed for the Springfield line to be extended to Redbank Plains as soon as possible to service the fast-growing suburb.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he would talk about the line with Transport Minister Craig Emerson this week.

"(The Springfield) line is the start of a rail line into the Western Corridor," he said. "In the next stage it should connect to Redbank Plains as well as Ripley as high-growth areas, as well as our aerospace area, the university and our CBD. That (connecting) loop is what's needed."

Cr Pisasale said he was pleased the land had been put aside for a railway corridor.

Topics:  department of transport and main roads, rail back on track, springfield railway line




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