THE Queensland Government this week announced that the Springfield Rail Project, a 9.5 kilometre rail extension from Richlands to Springfield, will cost $171 million less than expected and should be completed in 2013.
Premier Anna Bligh announced that the TrackStar Alliance, which includes Thiess, United Group Infrastructure, Aurecon and AECOM, has been awarded the $475 million Richlands to Springfield section of the project.
The government said that "smarter designs" have resulted in cost savings for the project, with early works scheduled to begin mid-year.
The announcement comes after the government's decision to open early the $800 million first stage of the project from Darra to Richlands on January 17 during the flooding disaster.
The project will include train stations at Springfield Lakes (near Woodcrest College) and Springfield (near Orion Shopping Centre) and a dedicated pedestrian and cycle path connecting Richlands to the Springfield community.
"The new line will provide a direct link between Springfield and Brisbane which will mean a lot to the local communities 18,000 residents – better access, cheaper travel, less congestion and fewer delays," Mr Bligh said.
Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk, who was promoted to Transport Minister in this week's Queensland Cabinet reshuffle, said the project would be great news for residents and result in less congestion.
"The Richlands station now means accessible transport for residents in Camira, Ellen Grove, Inala, Richlands and Forest Lake," she said.