THE $475 million Richlands to Springfield Project has officially opened, delivering an upgrade to 5.5 kilometres of the Centenary Highway and a new dual track rail line to Springfield in Brisbane's south west corridor.
The contract for the project was awarded in early 2011 to the TrackStar Alliance, which included Thiess, Aurecon and AECOM. The project was part of the larger Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project to provide a major transport capacity upgrade for the region.
The rail component involved 9.5 kilometres of dual track passenger rail line, seven rail bridges, new station at Springfield and Springfield Central and an integrated bus and rail interchange at the new Springfield Central Station. This component was completed last year, with passenger services commencing on 5 December 2013.
The road component included the duplication of the Centenary Highway between Logan Motorway Interchange and Springfield Parkway, 3 new road bridges, a new southbound on-ramp from Logan Motorway to the Centenary Highway and a new central median to separate the southbound and northbound lanes of the Centenary Highway.
In a statement last week, Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said as part of the State Government's strong plan for better infrastructure, capacity has been increased and safety has been improved for motorists on the Centenary Highway.
"After reviewing the project [since coming into office in 2012] we were able to include two 5.5 kilometre lanes on the Centenary Highway between the Logan Motorway Interchange and Springfield Parkway, in addition to the Richlands to Springfield train line," Mr Emerson said.
As a result of the review, a proposed 7-kilometre shared pedestrian and cycle path and lowering of the Springfield Link Bridge was not included as part of the altered project.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said Ipswich City Council was proud to be able to work with the State Government to deliver 500 car parks at the Springfield Central station, after only 100 car parks were included in the original designs for the project.
"The car parks were completed earlier this year and it is good to see that they are being well used by rail passengers," Cr Pisasale said.
Mr Emerson said patronage from the Springfield and Springfield Central train stations has continued to increase since they were opened in December last year.
"Combined, the two stations have seen passenger trips grow by 60 per cent, from 48,742 trips in December to 79,336 trips in May," the Minister said.