Station fast-tracks growth
SPRINGFIELD station is developing into a transport and residential hub, with apartment buildings rising adjacent to the station, due to be completed next year.
Twelve units and five townhouses along with eight retail and commercial spaces are under construction at the corner of Commercial Dr and Woodcrest Way.
But this is only the beginning.
Division 1 councillor David Morrison said the area surrounding the station had approval for 24-storey high-density apartment buildings and plenty of free land available.
Cr Morrison believes the arrival of the train line is a sign of maturity for the fledgling region, which could rekindle interest among home buyers.
"There is a real sense of anticipation in the community for the rail to come, and what people are asking is when it will continue on from Springfield Central to Redbank Plains. Now that they have started, they have to keep going," he said.
Figures provided by TransLink show Richlands Station averages 2100 commuters during peak travel times each day.
Cr Morrison said the 650 car parks were often full by 8.30am, and he expected a similar uptake of the service at both Springfield stations.
Plans for Springfield Central indicate the station will have 100 car parks.
It is an issue residents have raised with the councillor and he hopes the plans are revisited.
"Until that happens, what you are going to have is a brand new station which will be marred by the fact people can't park there."
Currently 24,000 people call Springfield home, but potentially it can hold a population of 86,000.
Cr Morrison expects the land and property adjacent to the train station and within walking distance to schools and shops will be an investment gold mine.
"Smart investors will be looking for land close to the two new stations, and I believe the opening of the stations in 2013 will trigger a renewed interest in the Greater Springfield area."
By 2030 it is estimated Springfield's population will exceed 105,000 residents.
$3.2 billion has been invested in the Greater Springfield area.
The Greater Springfield area covers six suburbs and a total of 7067 acres.