For­rest­field-air­port link work un­der way

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - So­phie Moore

WORK has started on the con­struc­tion of the For­rest­field­Air­port Link con­nect­ing Perth’s east­ern suburbs with the CBD.

The con­struc­tion phase of the $1.96 bil­lion project be­gan with a sod turn­ing cer­e­mony at the site of the fu­ture For­rest­field Sta­tion.

The 8.5km of rail line will run mainly un­der­ground from the Mid­land Line east of Bayswa­ter Sta­tion to Dun­das Road in For­rest­field.

New train sta­tions will be built near Brear­ley Av­enue in Bel­mont, at Perth Air­port and For­rest­field.

The project has been funded jointly by the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments to the tune of $490 mil­lion and $1.47 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett said 2000 new jobs would be cre­ated dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase of the project.

“The FAL will pro­vide a much-needed 20-minute pub­lic trans­port link be­tween Perth’s CBD and the east­ern suburbs, and im­por­tantly will ser­vice fu­ture pro­jected growth of res­i­den­tial and busi­ness de­vel­op­ments planned along the rail route,” he said.

Due to be open by 2020, con­struc­tion of the en­try points to the rail tun­nels in For­rest­field will be­gin be­fore the end of this year, while drilling is ex­pected to start mid-2017.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said the FAL was ex­pected to gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated 20,000 daily board­ings across the rail net­work.

“Con­struc­tion of the rail line is an im­por­tant step in im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port in Perth’s east­ern suburbs and re­duc­ing con­ges­tion in the metropolitan area,” he said.

Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett and other dig­ni­taries turn the first sod at the site of the fu­ture For­rest­field sta­tion.

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