"Mummy, why is there a station called Springfield Central and another called Springfield. That's really silly Mummy."
Yes, even a 5 year old can see the stupidity in similar sounding station names. In fact, in BrizCommuter's trip along the Springfield Line he overhead four different groups of people talking about the lack of differentiation in station names between Springfield and Springfield Central. Typically railway naming conventions call a centrally located station by "place name" or "place name central". Surrounding stations are then called "place name east/west/north/south/parkway etc etc". However, Queensland Rail or TransLink have named one station Springfield and the other Springfield Central. Now this is based around the suburbs that the stations are actually located in, but is obviously causing great confusion to passengers. BrizCommuter would not be surprised if multiple passengers have got off at the wrong station - resulting in a 30 minute wait for the next train! Just to add to the confusion, it should also be noted that the train destination shows "Springfield" when the terminus is actually "Springfield Central".
So what should Springfield station be renamed as?
- Springfield Lakes - makes sense at that is the name of the adjacent suburb.
- Springfield North - makes sense due to geographical location.
- Springfield Middle (of Nowhere) - well it is.
- Springfield Outback - as above.
- Teenage Mum Central - accurate, but not politically correct.
- Springfield Bushfire Fodder - it's only a matter of time.