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    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    $800 million project offers transport choices

    Minister for Transport, Trade, Employment and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable John Mickel

    Tuesday, July 01, 2008

    $800 million project offers transport choices

    Minister for Transport John Mickel today turned the sod on an $800 million infrastructure project which will be the first integrated road and rail project ever to be built in South East Queensland.

    Minister Mickel was joined by Member for Inala Annastacia Palaszczuk and Councillor Milton Dick to mark the start of construction at the Richlands railway station - a key component of the Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project.

    The infrastructure is the first integrated road and rail project ever to be built in South East Queensland.

    “This new infrastructure is vital – the Greater Springfield area has a population of 15,000 which is expected to reach up to 120,000 in the next 20 years,” Mr Mickel said.

    “On top of this is the growth in surrounding suburbs, such as Forest Lake and Richlands, but we are planning and building for that growth.

    “This infrastructure will tackle congestion but it will also anticipate the future growth in this corridor and give people transport choices.”

    Stage one of the project includes constructing a new passenger railway line from Darra to a new station at Richlands.

    At the same time the Centenary Highway at Richlands will be upgraded from two to four lanes to meet with the Logan Motorway interchange at Carole Park.

    Mr Mickel said building both road and rail at the same time made good sense to save time and money and cause less disruption.

    “This project provides an innovative and effective transport solution by offering a road and rail solution in the booming western corridor,” he said.

    Mr Mickel said the new Richlands railway station would provide commuters with an estimated 650 car parks, bus interchange, bicycle lockers, taxi set down areas and kiss ‘n’ ride bays.

    Stage one of the project will be completed in 2011 while the balance of the entire Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project will be finished by 2015.

    This will continue the Centenary Highway’s four lane duplication and extend the railway line to Springfield, building up to three extra new railway stations along the route.

    “Currently, the Centenary Highway from Richlands to Carole Park carries an estimated 26,000 vehicles per day in each direction,” Mr Mickel said.

    “When the Centenary Highway is duplicated in 2011, traffic volumes will have increased to almost 32,000 vehicles per day.”

    Mr Mickel added that a dedicated visitors’ centre, staffed by members of the project team, will open at the Richlands station site in October 2008.

    “The centre will feature a scaled 3D project model, digital project fly-throughs, noise barrier design examples, detailed maps and comprehensive information materials for community members,” he said.

    The Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor Project is being delivered by The Horizon Alliance – collaboration between QR, the Department of Main Roads, John Holland Pty Ltd, GHD Pty Ltd and Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR).

    For more information on the project, please call 1800 887 464 (freecall) or visit www.qr.com.au/seqip

    Tuesday 1 July, 2008

    Media contact : John Smith 07 32371944 or 0409 305 669