More parking required for rail project success: Springfield, Brisbane

The site of the Springfield railway station due to open this year.

A new rail link south west of Brisbane, spanning The Darra to Springfield will reportedly deliver a major capacity upgrade for the Western Corridor’s transport needs. The project is on track to be delivered by Queensland’s transport Minister on or ahead of time in 2013. However concerns linger about a “massive” car park shortage, according to

Public transport advocacy group Rail Back on Track spokesman Robert Dow said that the proposed 100 spaces were not enough considering the poor bus feeder services. He has said this would add pressure to traffic and commuter congestion at nearby train stations.

This has led to reports that a private car park operator may be engaged to create a parking station accommodating up to 1000 cars. Local ALP Member, Jo-Ann Miller has said that the claims had stemmed from her constituents, however the office of the LNP’s Minister for Transport denies that any proposals from private companies had been received.

The spokesperson from Mr Emerson’s office said the department was currently in discussions with Springfield Land Corporation and Ipswich City Council to find a solution for commuters.

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