Commuter victory: 400 extra parking spaces for station
TRAIN commuters will now have extra incentive to use public transport with 400 extra car park spaces set to be built at Springfield Central railway station.
The extra car parks will be funded by the State Government with Ipswich City Council owning most of the land.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Transport and Main Roads minister Scott Emerson were both critical of the former Labor Government's plans to commit just 100 spaces for cars.
But now there will be 500 car park spaces to enable residents living in nearby suburbs to park their cars and use the train into Brisbane or other places of work.
The QT has reported how hundreds of commuters have also petitioned for extra spaces to be built.
The $7 million car park will have easy access for both vehicles and pedestrians and will be constructed by TrackStar Alliance, an alliance between Queensland Rail, Thiess, Auricon and Aecom.
"It was abysmal planning by the previous government to put in just 100 car park spaces," Mr Emerson said. "But I'm very pleased that by working closely with Mayor Pisasale we've been able to come up with a solution to have these extra 400 spaces in place. I'm sure they will fill up pretty quickly."
Cr Pisasale said the previous planning had resulted in "a potential disaster of enormous proportions".
"It is fantastic that we have a minister in Scott Emerson who was born in Ipswich, could see the problem ... and fixed it. If you want to encourage people to use public transport you have to have reliable parking. This also means people will not take their cars and clutter up Brisbane."
Cr Pisasale said the selected site was "predominantly owned by Ipswich City Council, and we will negotiate a peppercorn arrangement for the State Government in acknowledgement of the community benefits this project will bring".
Mr Emerson said his government would "find the savings within the project budget to deliver the additional spaces" and that it was hoped the new car park would be open around the same time as the rail line being completed. The rail line and the two stations slated for Springfield and Springfield Central are due for completion in December, 2013.