Springfield Central railway station

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Springfield Central
Springfield Central Railway Station, Queensland, December 2013.JPG
Station front in December 2013
Location Trackstar Drive, Springfield Central
Coordinates 27°40′27″S 152°54′10″E / 27.6743°S 152.9029°E / -27.6743; 152.9029Coordinates: 27°40′27″S 152°54′10″E / 27.6743°S 152.9029°E / -27.6743; 152.9029
Owned by Queensland Rail
Operated by City network
Line(s) Springfield
Distance 30.20 kilometres from Central
Platforms 2 (1 island)
Tracks 2
Connections Bus
Construction
Structure type Elevated
Parking 500 bays
Bicycle facilities 120
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Status Staffed
Station code 600089 (platform 1)
600090 (platform 2)
Fare zone go card 3
Website Queensland Rail
History
Opened 2 December 2013
Electrified Yes
Services
Preceding station   Queensland Rail   Following station
toward Bowen Hills
Springfield Line Terminus

Springfield Central Railway Station is the terminus station of the Springfield line in Queensland, Australia. It serves Springfield Central (the central suburb of Greater Springfield) and other nearby suburbs in the City of Ipswich. Brisbane-bound services depart half-hourly during off-peak times, with most travelling to Kippa-Ring. The station was opened in December 2013 after the line was extended from Richlands.

History[edit]

Springfield Central Station was part of the Queensland Government's Darra to Springfield Transport Corridor project, aimed at providing effective public transport infrastructure for the fast-growing western region between Brisbane and Ipswich.[1] Works began on the extension to Springfield Central after Richlands Station was completed in early 2011.[2] Initially, Springfield Central station was planned to be named Springfield, with the current Springfield station to be named Springfield Lakes.[3] A public open day was held on 1 December 2013 following the completion of the line,[4] with scheduled services commencing at 5:39 am the next morning, on Monday.[5]

Station precinct[edit]

Springfield Central Station's 12 m (39 ft) wide island platform[6] is elevated above the station concourse and is almost entirely covered by the roof structure (a feature not present in most Queensland Rail City Network stations). The concourse runs the length of the station, and is surrounded by glass along large portions of both sides. Toilets and secure bicycle storage facilities are located on the concourse. There are go card gate terminals at both ends of the concourse, with the station office located on the western end (a coffee shop occupies the same position on the eastern end). Flights of stairs are located at both ends to reach the platform, as well as escalators and a lift for disability access towards the middle.

There are multiple electronic display screens located along the length of the platform and at either end of the concourse to provide customers with information regarding departing services, as well as prominent permanent signage (including some with braille for the visually impaired) throughout the precinct.[7] Customers with hearing impairment are able to use an audio induction loop through their hearing aids in order to listen directly to station announcements.[7]

The station precinct incorporates a platform-length series of bus bays (only one of which is currently in use)[8] on the northern side and a pick-up/drop-off zone on the southern side. On the southern side of the Centenary Highway is a 100-vehicle car park, with an additional 400 spaces available off Springfield Greenbank Arterial Road, connected to the station concourse by a footbridge.[9][10] This car park was built following a reassessment of expected parking availability, of which there would have been a significant lack due to only space for 100 vehicles planned, and was completed in early 2014.[7][11] Road and pedestrian access to the station is via two highway underpasses from Southern Cross Circuit; one on Trackstar Drive, and the other on Sir Llew Edwards Drive.[9] Both underpasses are bordered by painted murals.

Services[edit]

12:09 pm City and Redcliffe Peninsula train (Kippa-Ring service) on Platform 1, facing towards the end of the line (west).

Springfield Central is served mainly by trains operating to and from Kippa-Ring. These trains stop all stations to Bowen Hills, then run express to Northgate, stopping at Eagle Junction.[12] Some afternoon services continue past Petrie to Caboolture instead of Kippa-Ring[13][14], and a few continue further to Nambour.[15] A few weekday morning services run only to Bowen Hills.[15] The 2:09 pm service on Monday to Thursday runs to Doomben, with this time slot on Friday occupied by a Bowen Hills train.[15] All weekend services depart from Platform 1.[14]

During morning on-peak times (6:00 am - 8:30 am, Monday to Friday),[16] city bound services depart every six minutes at best,[15] and during afternoon peak times (3:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday),[16] terminating services arrive every 12 minutes at best.[15] During off-peak times (except for early on Sunday mornings), services depart at 9-minutes-past and 21-minutes-to the hour, and terminating trains arrive at 24-minutes-past and 6-minutes-to the hour.[15] Services take 41 minutes to reach Central, and 1 hour 36 minutes to reach Kippa-Ring.[15][17]

Services by platform[edit]

Platform Line Destinations Express Notes
1 Springfield Kippa-Ring Bowen Hills to Northgate, stopping at Eagle Junction[12] Most services[13][15]
Bowen Hills Weekday mornings only (with an additional afternoon service on Fridays)[13]
Caboolture Weekdays: Bowen Hills to Petrie, stopping at Eagle Junction and Northgate[18] Afternoons only[13]
Weekends: Northgate to Petrie[18] Two Sunday morning services only[13]
Nambour* Northgate to Petrie[19] One Sunday morning service only[15]
Doomben One afternoon service on Monday to Thursday[13]
2 Springfield Kippa-Ring Bowen Hills to Northgate, stopping at Eagle Junction[12] Two morning and two evening weekday services only[14]
Bowen Hills Weekday morning peak services only[14]
Caboolture Bowen Hills to Petrie, stopping at Eagle Junction and Northgate[18] Weekday afternoon peak services only[14]
Nambour Bowen Hills to Petrie, stopping at Eagle Junction and Northgate[19] One morning peak and one afternoon peak service on weekdays only[14]

*Note: The Springfield Line timetable schedules a Nambour service at 7:54 am on Sundays;[15] however, this service is not displayed on the timetable for either Platform 1 or Platform 2.[13][14] It is most likely that the service departs from Platform 1, as all other weekend services do this.[14]

Transport links[edit]

The Westside Bus Company operates three main routes via Springfield Central station, plus one additional school service each weekday morning. All buses depart from Stop A, at the western end of the station.[20] The routes are:

  • 522: Orion Springfield Central to Goodna Station (including one additional morning and afternoon service on school days only)[21][22]
  • 526: Orion Springfield Central to Redbank Station[23]
  • 534: Orion Springfield Central to Browns Plains[24]
  • 5240: Old Logan Road to Orion Springfield Central (one morning service on school days only)[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Summary of Western Corridor Transport Infrastructure Projects (as at April 2009)" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Springfield line upgrades". www.tmr.qld.gov.au. 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  3. ^ Springfield rail line opening December 2013 TransLink
  4. ^ "Springfield Line OPEN DAY 2013 - Queensland's Great Trains". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  5. ^ "New railway stations open at Springfield". www.abc.net.au. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  6. ^ "TrackStar sets new rail standard at Springfield | www.engineersaustralia.org.au". www.engineersaustralia.org.au. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  7. ^ a b c "Springfield Rail Line Opening December 2013" (PDF). 
  8. ^ Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Springfield Central station, stop A, Springfield Central | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  9. ^ a b "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  10. ^ Kieran Banks (2 December 2013). "Fast track to growth: Springfield train line is opened". The Queensland Times. 
  11. ^ Gould, Joel. "Commuter victory: 400 extra parking spaces for station". Queensland Times. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  12. ^ a b c "Redcliffe Peninsula Line Timetable (Effective 23 January 2017)" (PDF). 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Springfield Central station, platform 1, Springfield Central timetable | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Springfield Central station, platform 2, Springfield Central timetable | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Springfield Line Timetable (Effective 23 January 2017)" (PDF). 
  16. ^ a b "Off-peak times | TransLink". translink.com.au. Retrieved 2017-06-06. 
  17. ^ "Redcliffe Peninsula Line Timetable (Effective 23 January 2017)" (PDF). 
  18. ^ a b c "Caboolture Line Timetable (Effective 23 January 2017)" (PDF). 
  19. ^ a b "Sunshine Coast Line Timetable (Effective 23 January 2017)" (PDF). 
  20. ^ Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Springfield Central station, stop A, Springfield Central timetable | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  21. ^ "522 Timetable" (PDF). 
  22. ^ Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Springfield Central station, stop A, Springfield Central timetable | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 
  23. ^ "524, 525 & 526 Timetable" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "534 Timetable" (PDF). 
  25. ^ Roads, TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main. "Route 5240 | TransLink". TransLink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads. Retrieved 2017-06-05. 

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