Forrestfield-airport link work under way
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.