New services, more reliable timetables and better bus-train connections are just some of the improvements TransLink will deliver for Springfield customers in early 2020.
The first bus service for fast growing Spring Mountain (route 533) will be introduced, while the current route 522 will be split into two new services, routes 527 and 528, with both routes to connect to trains at Springfield station and Springfield Central station.
Route 527 will continue the connection between Springfield Central and Goodna, while introducing express running between Springfield station and Orion Springfield Central. Route 528 will cover the southern part of the route around Springfield Central, with the route operating between Springfield Central station and Springfield station via Springfield Lakes.
A new, more reliable timetable will also be introduced for route 526, which runs from Springfield Central station to Redbank station via Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre.
Head of TransLink Matt Longland the Springfield network had been reviewed in response to customer feedback, with a focus on improving reliable connections to trains.
“The new 526, 527 and 528 timetables will mean more reliable buses for Springfield customers as the new timetables have been designed to account for changing traffic conditions," Mr Longland said.
“Splitting the 522 into two routes will help improve timetable reliability and on-time-running, and will result in customers being more confident they will arrive at their destination on time.
“We know that customers would like to connect to trains at Springfield station and that’s why we’ve built a new bus interchange on Nev Smith Drive which will be serviced by routes 527 and 528.
“These improvements will help to alleviate some parking pressure at Springfield Central station while the $44.5 million multi-storey park ‘n’ ride upgrade is being delivered.”
Mr Longland said Spring Mountain residents would also enjoy the distinctive 18-seat Hino Poncho bus, which will make up part of the fleet for the 533 service.
"The first Spring Mountain bus service will connect residents of the rapidly-growing area to other bus services, Orion Springfield Central Shopping Centre and trains at Springfield Central station,” Mr Longland said.
“Customers might have seen the first Poncho bus in South East Queensland on the 567 route between Holmview and Beenleigh.
“We can’t wait to see a second Poncho out on our network. It’s a unique bus service and is sure to be a big hit with customers just like it has been in Logan.”
The improvements will start in early 2020, with the exact date to be confirmed in the new year.