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The federal Labor Party on Friday promised $2 million to push ahead with the business case for a long-awaited 25-kilometre rail line from Springfield Central to Ipswich Central.
The population in the region – known as the Ripley Valley, which includes Springfield, Redbank Plains, Ripley and Deebing Heights – is growing at 25 per cent and is now Australia’s fastest-growing region.
More than 500,000 people will live in the region by 2040.
Thousands of new homes have emerged in the Ripley Valley in the past 12 months where the population will double in two decades.CREDIT:TONY MOORE
By contrast, Queensland’s average population growth rate is around 1.7 per cent.
A new rail line with nine new stations between Springfield Central and Ipswich Central was identified by the Queensland government in 2006-07.
However, the next stages of preparing a $2.5 million business case have stopped because the Federal LNP government would not add $1 million to prepare a business case.
The Queensland government has put forward $1 million and Ipswich City Council contributed $500,000 and in 2020 developed the project’s initial business case.
Labor’s shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers on Friday announced Labor would commit $2 million to advance the business case planning if it wins the federal election.
“That will get the business case sorted, so we can give the people from this part of south-east Queensland the rail services they deserve and need,” Mr Chalmers said.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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