Sod Turning Ceremony: Linking the airport to the city

Media Release

PF076/2016

03 November 2016

Joint release with:

Darren Chester

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Colin Barnett

WA Premier

Bill Marmion

WA Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

  • Sod-turning ceremony signals start of construction of $1.96 billion Forrestfield Airport Link project
  • FAL will create new rail corridor to Perth's eastern foothills in 2020
  • 8.5-kilometre rail line jointly funded by Australian and Western Australian governments

Work is underway on Perth's $1.96 billion Forrestfield Airport Link (FAL) following today's sod-turning at the site of the future Forrestfield Station.

Premier Colin Barnett said the FAL project was a key 2013 election commitment that would be delivered by the Liberal National Government in 2020, creating a vital rail corridor linking Perth's eastern suburbs to the central business district.

“The Forrestfield Airport Link 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,” Mr Barnett said.

“It will also create 2,000 new jobs during construction.

“This project is yet another example of the State Government's strong record in delivering much-needed large scale transport infrastructure across the metropolitan area.”

The FAL project will create an 8.5-kilometre rail line, from a spur on the Midland line east of Bayswater Station, largely underground to Dundas Road in Forrestfield. It will include three new train stations, including two underground at Belmont (near Brearley Avenue) and Airport Central (Perth Airport T1/T2) and another aboveground at Forrestfield.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the Forrestfield Airport link will get people from the airport to the city efficiently—so they can get to work or home quicker.

“Eight of the 8.5 kilometres of the project will be built underground, minimising the impact on Perth and its residents,” Mr Chester said.

“The project will be an impressive engineering feat, travelling 26 metres under the Swan River, providing opportunities for new jobs with local businesses.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government is investing over $50 billion in a record investment in infrastructure across Australia, including this vital project here in Perth.”

State Transport Minister Bill Marmion said 20,000 daily boardings were expected to be taken as a result of the project.

“Building the rail line is an important step in improving public transport in Perth's eastern suburbs and reducing congestion in the metropolitan area,” Mr Marmion said.

Preliminary works are underway at the Forrestfield end of the rail line, with relocation of key utilities complete and work set to start on the entry points to the rail tunnels before the end of 2016.

Two tunnel boring machines will arrive from Germany in mid- 2017, when drilling will begin.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the Forrestfield Airport Link would enhance the economic benefits of the airport by improving access to the CBD for visitors to Perth.

“The Turnbull Government has committed to a number of significant urban rail projects around Australia to unlock growth and improve access to jobs and services,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Supporting projects that provide long term integrated public transport networks, which help to alleviate urban congestion and which strengthen urban renewal opportunities is a key focus of the Turnbull Government.”

The $1.96 billion FAL project is jointly funded with the Western Australian Government committing $1.47 billion and the Australian Government providing $490 million.