Two new stations for Springfield
SPRINGFIELD Lakes will have a train station within two years, at a saving of $171 million, as part of the Richlands to Springfield rail project.
The project, which was contracted to TrackStar Alliance after a competitive tendering process, is expected to be built at a cost of $475 million.
In June 2010, The Queensland Times exclusively revealed the Springfield rail line would be delivered two years ahead of schedule in 2013, and it was first budgeted at $646 million.
Premier Anna Bligh said two railway stations would now be built – one at Springfield opposite the Orion Shopping Centre and the other at Springfield Lakes, near Woodcrest College – in addition to 9.5 kilometres of track.
State Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said the announcement of a Springfield Lakes train station, in addition to the originally planned Springfield station, was great news for residents.
“It’s been something I’ve been working on for some time after consulting the community and assessing their needs,” Mrs Miller said.
Ms Bligh said the new rail line could potentially take 2500 cars off the Centenary Highway, with the rail trip between Springfield and Brisbane taking about 40 minutes.
The project will include an auxiliary city-bound lane on the Centenary Highway between Springfield Parkway and Johnson Road and two crossings under the Centenary Highway from Springfield station to the Orion Shopping Centre.
A dedicated pedestrian and cycle path will connect Richlands to Springfield and there will be 100 park ‘n’ ride spaces at Springfield and 200 at Springfield Lakes.
Ipswich City Council Division 1 Councillor David Morrison has been campaigning for a Springfield Lakes train station for about four years and said the announcement was fantastic.
Cr Morrison said the station at Springfield Lakes would probably be busier than the one at Springfield Central for about four to five years.
“Obviously in years to come high-rise residential areas will be built down near Springfield Central and that will become a busier station,” Cr Morrison said.
Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby said the train station would be a huge benefit to the region which was planned to accommodate up to half a million in the next 30 years.
“I have to applaud the Premier for her visionary approach and for her very strong leadership in this,” Mr Sinnathamby said.
“It is a huge opportunity for decentralisation from Brisbane.”
Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said he was delighted by the announcement of a Springfield Lakes station.
“The railway line to Richlands is already a big success,” Mr Dow said.
“It is important that we lay down rail infrastructure now for a sustainable transport future.”