Connecting Ipswich and Springfield
New Public Transport Corridor
Business Case Options Analysis Funding
Investing in a plan for a 25km public transport corridor that will connect Queensland’s fastest growing communities between Ipswich and Springfield, with the rest of South East Queensland to secure future economic prosperity, liveability and safety for all of Ipswich.
About the project
The Ipswich local government area is the fastest growing region in Queensland. Our 2019 population growth rate was 4.1%, well above the state and national average (1.7% and 1.5% respectively) as is our 4.6% projected growth rate to 2036.
Today more than 222,300 people call Ipswich home however, by 2041, the population of Ipswich will grow by 160% to
over 580,000. These new residents will occupy the 111,700+ dwellings planned for construction and 70% of growth will occur along the corridor between Ipswich and Springfield. This significant real-time growth is placing increasing demand on the existing transport system and local road networks.
The proposed 25km I2S Public Transport Corridor will connect Ipswich Central with Springfield via the Ripley Town Centre and
Redbank Plains. Importantly, I2S also delivers a strategic link for Queensland’s fastest growing communities to Brisbane. It
will provide current and future residents with greater access to economic opportunities and services and will also further strengthen the SEQ transport network. I2S leverages today’s investment and future benefits of Cross River Rail.
In mid-2020 the I2S Stage 1: Strategic Assessment (led and funded by Ipswich City Council) was completed. The Strategic
Assessment outlines a compelling need to shift away from private vehicle use and move towards a mass transit solution to support current and projected growth.
Funding for the Options Analysis will ensure the proper planning for crucial transport infrastructure can proceed.
Investing in Ipswich is investing in the future of South East Queensland.
Connecting population to economic centres
The Norman St Bridge will be a connectivity game changer for Ipswich, facilitating multi-modal transport delivery and opening the cross-river bottleneck.
There is a demonstrated and time imperative need for a second river crossing in Ipswich, with the sole river crossing at-capacity, and beyond the end of its design life.
Connectivity is a catalyst to a competitive and productive local economy and the Norman St Bridge will promote economic rejuvenation and transformation of the Ipswich CBD by improving amenity.
The Norman St Bridge will provide the accessibility to services, employment and recreation that residents and businesses seek from a desirable community in which to live, work, play and invest.
A well-connected Ipswich will position South East Queensland for success as the destination for Queensland’s young families, businesses and investors.