23 July 2012

New Springfield Central railway station to have just 100 carparks

SPRINGFIELD Central car park won't be extended beyond the existing 100 spaces originally planned for commuters at the new train station.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller and Ipswich City Councillor David Morrison have expressed disappointment commuters will be left to scrape for car parks when the station opens late next year.

Mrs Miller asked Transport Minister Scott Emerson during State Parliament question time if the government would deliver the extra car parks.

The station is expected to attract commuters from Redbank Plans, Bellbird Park, Augustine Heights and Brookwater, but Mr Emerson said the number of car parks at the futuristic station would not be raised.

"The project is now under construction and there are no plans to increase the number of car parking spaces which were approved for this station under the previous government," he told parliament.

Mrs Miller said it was unreasonable to ask young mums to drag their prams and children onto feeder buses just to catch the train.

"It does not take into account the fact that people in the newer suburbs have young families.

This planning does not allow them to continue with their work at all," she said.

"I believe in the short term there needs to he several hundred car parks there.

There's land around the stations and as the suburbs grow to the stage where the buses are high frequency the car parks could be reduced." Cr Morrison said the 100 car parks fell well short of the commuters' needs.

"To have 100 car parks is very bad planning," he said.

"They will justify it by saying it's a CBD station. In the big picture it will be a CBD station but until that day they should make more car parks." Richlands train station has 650 car parks for rail commuters, which often reaches capacity during the morning peak times.

Cr Morrison hopes Mr Emerson will reconsider the government's position.

Ipswich Planning spokesman Paul Tully described the failure to provide more than 100 parking spaces at the new Springfield Central Railway Station as "extreme short sightedness".

"Even Mr Magoo could see the need for at least 500 spaces.

Cr Tully said the local bus service feeding into Springfield Central was unreliable and inadequate.

"The state government should look at the Perth to Joondalup railway line which is a world class example of a good rail network with large numbers of commuter carparks at each rail station.

"The people of Springfield, Augustine Heights, Brookwater, Bellbird Park and Redbank Plains are being punished for voting Labor at the last state election," Cr Tully said.


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