The sod has officially been turned on the Palaszczuk Government’s $44 million Springfield Central station parking upgrade, marking the start of construction on the major commuter upgrade.
Member for Jordan Charis Mullen put the first shovel in the ground on the project, which will see the total number of parks at the busy commuter hub brought to 1,100 while also supporting 44 jobs during construction.
“It’s full steam ahead for better transport and more jobs in Springfield Central, which is a key part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Ms Mullen said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said ADCO Constructions has been contracted to deliver the new multi-storey facility located at the corner of the Centenary Highway off-ramp and Springfield Greenbank Arterial Road.
“The ongoing health response to COVID-19 means the Palaszczuk Government has been able to get on with a job-creating, congestion-busting $23 billion road and transport program as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Mr Bailey said.
“The way we travel has changed over the past few months, but not the community’s desire for more jobs. This new multi-storey parking facility will not just build more parks, but close to 50 jobs in construction and design.”
Ms Mullen acknowledged the efforts of Queenslanders stepping up to respond to health impacts of COVID-19, meaning construction could begin on-time.
“Springfield families have always supported public transport. They were a big factor in why the south east had two record years of patronage before COVID-19 hit,” Ms Mullen said.
“We’ve delivered more train services and more connecting buses than ever before; now we’re building more parks as our community’s population triples in the next decade.
Earlier this year new local bus services were introduced, including the Spring Mountain 533 service as well as the new 527 and 528 services.
The project is expected to be complete early 2022, weather permitting.
“As families and commuters head back onto public transport, it’ll mean they’ll have more ways to catch the train and get to school, work or the shops.”