Break­through mo­ment

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SHE left For­rest­field late last year and has ar­rived at the Air­port Cen­tral rail sta­tion be­ing built near the con­trol tower at Ter­mi­nal 1.

Tun­nel bor­ing ma­chine Grace and her twin Sandy are yet to bore un­der the air­port run­ways and Swan River as part of the For­rest­field- Air­port Link on their way to Bayswa­ter.

TWO tun­nel bor­ing ma­chines for the For­rest­field- Perth Air­port rail link have reached the air­port – about a quar­ter of the way into their 8km jour­ney to Bayswa­ter.

Sandy broke through the ar­rival box at the fu­ture Air­port Cen­tral sta­tion on Sun­day af­ter sis­ter ma­chine Grace ar­rived on May 8.

The ma­chines, which started tun­nelling at For­rest­field late last year and were briefly halted in late March be­cause of “mi­nor ground dis­tur­bance”, are at track level of the fu­ture sta­tion, 17m be­low ground.

Fu­ture pas­sen­gers will en­ter the sta­tion at ground level near the Ter­mi­nal 1 con­trol tower and go down to a train plat­form sim­i­lar to Perth Un­der­ground.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan vis­ited the site Mon­day morn- ing to mark the ar­rival of the bor­ing ma­chines as “an ex­cit­ing mile­stone for the Metronet project”.

Mr McGowan con­grat­u­lated the sta­tion con­struc­tion work­ers, who pre­pared the sta­tion’s 2200sq m con­crete walls, and the ma­chine op­er­a­tors.

“The scale of th­ese ma­chines are in­cred­i­ble; they are taller than a two- storey house,” he said.

Both ma­chines will now be ser­viced for a month be­fore Grace con­tin­ues to Red­cliffe sta­tion, with Sandy fol­low­ing about two weeks later.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the For­rest­field-Air­port Link was the big­gest WA rail project in more than a decade.

Pic­ture: The West Aus­tralian

Tun­nel work­ers in­spect Grace at Air­port Cen­tral this week.

Pic­ture: The West Aus­tralian

Tun­nel bor­ing ma­chine Grace.

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