THE Queensland Government has announced that thousands of residents in one of the state's fastest growing areas are now connected to the rail network, following the official opening of the Springfield rail line by Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson last Sunday.
Mr Emerson said the completion of work on the rail component of the project means that Springfield residents now have a fast and integrated rail connection to the south east Queensland network, while also helping to relieve traffic congestion on major arterial roads.
On weekdays, services will run every six to 12 minutes in the morning peak and every 12 minutes in the afternoon peak, while on Saturdays, there will be consistent 30-minute departures. Services will operate every hour from 7am and every 30 minutes from around 10am to 10.30pm on Sundays.
Mr Emerson said the Newman Government had to step up after the election and "fix another Labor mess, after they failed to plan properly for the parking needs of passengers. "
"We have found the savings to deliver an additional 400 spaces at Springfield Central, in partnership with the Ipswich council. There are 100 park 'n' ride spaces available at Springfield Central and from early next year there'll be an additional 400 spaces ready to use," the Minister said.
"Thanks to the help of Mirvac we have also delivered an interim parking solution for commuters at Springfield Central, by installing a 300-space temporary car park opposite Orion shopping centre available in the next couple of weeks."
The new stations also have new bus connections for the local community, with Springfield Central becoming a major bus interchange for the area.
The Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor Stage 2 Richlands to Springfield Project is being delivered by the TrackStar Alliance, which comprises Thiess, Aurecon, AECOM and Queensland Rail, to support the expected population growth in Brisbane's western corridor.
The rail component of the project included a 9.5 kilometre dual track passenger line between Richlands and Springfield and two new stations at Springfield (opposite Woodcrest College) and Springfield Central (opposite Orion Town Centre). It also includes road upgrades and new cycle and pedestrian paths.
Work on the 5.5-kilometre road component of the project is still underway and includes the duplication of the Centenary Highway between the Logan Motorway Interchange and Springfield Parkway. The road upgrades are scheduled for completion early next year.