Former Senator and key Senate candidate Andrew Bartlett today launched Steven Purcell as the Greens’ candidate for the Federal seat of Oxley, focussing on the Springfield to Redbank Plains rail extension.
Mr. Bartlett said the preferred route for the railway line, including proposed stations at UQ, Churchill, Yamanto, Ripley and Redbank Plains, has been identified and protected by the State Government. He also noted that Ipswich City Council and transport lobby groups like Rail Back On Track have been calling for the rail extension for many years.
“The extension of the Springfield rail line to Redbank Plains is the most vital piece of transport infrastructure for the Ipswich region but the old parties haven’t even bothered to do a business case.”
“This rail extension would service a significant growth area with good public transport, reduce vehicles on the Centenary Hwy, and reduce parking demand in central Springfield. Local families deserve to be able to get where they need to go without having the cost of running two cars.”
Mr Bartlett said a business case for the rail extension is urgent, well overdue, and he believes it would show significant community benefit.
“The Greens are committed to investing $10m on a detailed business case for the long awaited Springfield to Redbank Plains rail extension, including comprehensive community engagement on the best stops to service commuters and business.”
“The rail extension to Redbank Plains requires minimal land resumptions and disruptions, has few engineering challenges, and would service a massive demand due to the rapid growth in the region. Locals are sick of being ignored. The Greens will use a positive business case and our growing influence both locally and nationally to pressure governments to complete the extension by 2021.”
“A world-class public transport system will fix traffic congestion and make our economy more productive. The Greens believe that the best, most economically efficient way to deliver on these transport objectives is to invest in efficient public transport projects, rail freight networks to connect our cities and regions, and road safety measures that keep everyone safe.”
- Andrew Bartlett on 0418 743 789
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