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Springfield's rail station to be open by Christmas

VISIT: Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller at the nearly completed Springfield train station.
VISIT: Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller at the nearly completed Springfield train station. Rob Williams

LABOR MPs inspected the soon-to- be finished Springfield railway station as it edges closer to its expected opening before the year's end.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, who was joined by Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller for the tour, said the extended rail line would give the growing Springfield region the public transport service it needed.

Ms Palaszczuk, as the Transport Minister in the Bligh Government, turned the first sod for the project.

She said residents were counting the days until the first service left the station.

She said it was a concern there were no similar infrastructure projects on the horizon of the Newman government.

"The Springfield to Darra Rail Project is an example of the important infrastructure investments of the previous Labor government," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Unfortunately there are no similar major infrastructure projects on the current government's books.

"These major construction projects are important because they deliver new services and facilities as well as jobs."

However, last week Ipswich West MP Sean Choat and Transport Minister Scott Emerson announced an upgrade of Dinmore train station.

The new Springfield Station will include 200 car parks, a 50-space secure bike cage and another 50 bike racks, a drop-off area and rainwater harvesting and solar panels.

Mrs Miller said the new stations would be a major help to not only daily commuters but local travellers.

"The days of trekking out to Goodna or Wacol station for many residents will soon be over with the two new stations," Mrs Miller said.

"The nearby Woodcrest College will also see benefits for many of its commuting students who will no longer have to transit much longer distances to other train stations.

"Locals can expect 40-minute train rides from Springfield Central to the City and we could see as many as 2500 cars off the road every morning."

Ms Palaszczuk said the project also included a new bus interchange and improvements to the Centenary Hwy.

"It's a shame to add that the LNP have decided not to build the 7km shared pedestrian and cycle paths that formed part of the original project," she said.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk, jo-ann miller, springfield train line


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