ALL ABOARD: QR trainers Peter Cherry and Troy Prebble with Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson on board the first train to Springfield Central on Wednesday.
ALL ABOARD: QR trainers Peter Cherry and Troy Prebble with Minister for Transport and Main Roads Scott Emerson on board the first train to Springfield Central on Wednesday. Rob Williams

Get ready for Springfield to Brisbane in 40 minutes

IT'S been almost two years since work began on the 9.5km rail line that would link Brisbane with one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia.

Now the $475 million Richlands to Springfield project is less than two weeks away from completion.

Transport and Main Roads minister Scott Emerson took a ride along the new line yesterday and said the rail extension marked "a coming of age for Springfield."

Services for the new line are set to officially commence on Monday, December 2 departing Springfield Central Station at 5.39am.

The new timetable will extend current Richlands services to provide more than 580 train services between Springfield Central and Brisbane's CBD each week

Mr Emerson said a journey from Springfield Central to Brisbane Central was expected to take 40 minutes.

"It's a very exciting milestone for local residents," he said.

"They've been eagerly watching the progress of the works and more recently have seen the trains go past during track tests." More than 1000 drivers and guards are being trained to operate the new passenger rail line.

An open day for the train line and two new stations will be held at Springfield Central Station next Sunday from 10am to celebrate the completion of the project.

Trains will run every 15 minutes between Richlands, Springfield and Springfield Central Stations until 1pm.

"This is a great opportunity to thank the hard working project team and the local community who have been impacted by the works," Mr Emerson said.

Train timetables are available online at http://www.translink.com.au.



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