Ipswich to Springfield Public Transport Corridor Study

We have planned and preserved land for a proposed passenger rail line extension between Ipswich and Springfield, via Ripley.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is finalising a technical review of the protected Ipswich to Springfield corridor, to update and identify land requirements ahead of detailed planning for a future rail line.

A future rail connection between Ipswich and Springfield will support population and economic growth in the Western Corridor, including the rapidly growing Ripley Valley.

Community interest in the proposed Ipswich to Springfield corridor remains high. TMR will continue to work with Ipswich City Council to ensure planning reflects and responds to community needs. 

The Ipswich to Springfield corridor is a key part of the Queensland Government's long-term vision for the South East Queensland rail network. 

You can request a property search through an Approved Service Provider or review the Development Application mapping available online. 

A future rail connection would likely be built in stages with construction of project stages being subject to funding and statewide priorities including the delivery of Cross River Rail.

Benefits

  • Increases capacity
  • Improves network efficiency
  • Reduces peak hour congestion
  • Contributes to economy
  • Contributes to regional growth

Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $830,000 to progress the technical review of the corridor. Investment ID 11056

Total investment
$830,000
Queensland Government
$830,000

Background

The Ipswich to Springfield corridor is shown in ShapingSEQ: South East Queensland Regional Plan 2017 and the South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan 2021

We sought community feedback during the planning process in 2006 to identify the alignment for a future dual track passenger rail line. The alignment connects to the existing Springfield line at Springfield Central then travels west via Redbank Plains, Swanbank and Ripley before turning north at Deebing Heights. It continues north through Yamanto and Churchill before connecting to the existing Ipswich line at West Ipswich.

The planning process identified 9 potential stations:

  • The University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Ipswich Campus
  • Berry Street, Churchill (Park 'n' Ride)
  • Yamanto
  • Deebing South (Park 'n' Ride)
  • Ripley North
  • Ripley Valley Town Centre
  • Swanbank (Park 'n' Ride)
  • School Road, Redbank Plains
  • Keidges Road, Augustine Heights (Park 'n' Ride).

Next steps

The Queensland Government has committed $1 million to progress business case activities for the corridor, with an additional $500,000 committed by Ipswich City Council. 

Current status

Finalisation of the corridor review.

Alignment and proposed stations map

Ipswich to Springfield Public Transport Corridor Study alignment and proposed station map