Spring Bluff re-opens

MCCORMACK Drive, Spring Bluff, which has been closed to traffic since it was damaged during repairs to the railway line after the January floods, is expected to re-open in time for the busiest time of year for the heritage-listed Spring Bluff Railway Station.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said McCormack Drive, which is the only road into the Spring Bluff Railway Station site, had sustained substantial damage during the floods.

Council now is engaging a contractor to carry out significant repair work.

“The target completion date of August 19 means this very popular tourist attraction will re-open in time to welcome the influx of visitors it traditionally receives during Toowoomba's Carnival of Flowers,” Cr Jones said.

The Spring Bluff Railway Station site, which is on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba, is maintained by a Trust comprised of Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Toowoomba Regional Council and Queensland Rail.

Chairperson of Spring Bluff Railway Station Trust Committee Janice Holstein has been liaising with Queensland Rail to ensure the popular tourist destination is open in time for visitors during September.

“The January 10 flood event caused incredible damage to the site leaving it barely recognisable,” Cr Holstein said.

“However, there has been a huge amount of work carried out over many months and we will be back bigger and better than before.”

Encompassing historic buildings, beautifully landscaped gardens and a café, the site is a hive of activity during the Carnival of Flowers, with trains running twice daily.

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