Forrestfield-Airport Link

Forrestfield-Airport Link

The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a jointly Federal and State Government funded $1.86 billion project which will radically improve the way people in the eastern foothills are connected with the CBD and wider Perth.

Completing the Forrestfield-Airport Link - an 8.5km three-station railway spur connected to the Midland Line near Bayswater Station – is part of the first stage of METRONET.

As well as creating a 20-minute train trip between the city and the eastern suburbs, once complete, the rail link will make access to Perth Airport quicker, easier and more affordable for Perth residents and visitors alike.

This project is about more than just boosting public transport options to the airport, or between the city and the eastern suburb. It will also be a catalyst for significant residential and commercial development in the areas around the three new stations – at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe, creating opportunities for local businesses and local communities alike.

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Project Features

The project is an important step in improving public transport options for our eastern suburbs. In the first year of operations the Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to generate 20,000 passenger trips every day – increasing to 29,000 daily by 2032. 

With three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe, the new train line will:

  • provide a viable alternative to car travel between the eastern suburbs and Perth; 
  • enable Perth Airport to continue growing as a nationally important centre of employment, commerce and international trade;
  • encourage domestic and international tourism with improved access between Perth Airport and the city; and
  • boost employment, residential and economic growth by encouraging transit oriented development around the new suburban train stations at Redcliffe and High Wycombe.

Each new station presents different opportunities for their local communities. 

Redcliffe Station
Built underground in the residential heart of Redcliffe, the station is an opportunity for the area to become an urban village that will serve the growing community, airport business park and direct factory outlet. That’s why the METRONET team is working closely with the City of Belmont on its plans which will eventually see the area designed with public spaces, shops, housing, cafes and other services nearby. Visit the Redcliffe Station Precinct (DA6) | City of Belmont for more information about the vision for the area. 

Airport Central 
By 2025 all airlines are expected to have relocated to T1 and T2 (formerly known as the International Airport), where Airport Central Station is being constructed.  Not only will the station be used by airline passengers but will also provide a valuable link for Perth Airport employees. 

High Wycombe
The catchment area for High Wycombe Station includes the suburbs of High Wycombe, Forrestfield, Maida Vale, Gooseberry Hill and Kalamunda. To make connecting with train services from these suburbs easier, the station precinct is being designed as an intermodal transport hub. This means there will be facilities for passengers arriving at the station by bus, car, bicycle or foot. 

To meet demand for parking, a multi-deck car park accommodating 1200 cars will be built on land bordered by Maida Vale Road and Ibis Place. While the original plan was for an at-grade car park, the new design will improve access as passengers will now be able to park within 300m of the station’s entrance. This new design frees up approximately eight hectares of land for future development. 

The solution not only meets passenger needs, but also supports METRONET’s vision to create connected communities within walking distance of the station and the City of Kalamunda’s Forrestfield North District Structure Plan. 

The METRONET team is liaising with the City on their vision for the area which will include determining density levels and plans for mixed-use development.

Redevelopment Area

METRONET East Redevelopment Area

DevelopmentWA, formerly the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is extending its Midland Redevelopment Area to include Forrestfield and High Wycombe areas. This non-contiguous redevelopment area will become METRONET East and will complement and build on the significant State Government investment in this area.
Forrestfield and High Wycombe areas will benefit from the redevelopment authority model as it combines a number of functions within a single agency – from master planning, to development, sales, project marketing, place activation and development control.

The Amendment adds land surrounding the Bayswater and High Wycombe stations into the Scheme Area, outlines the vision and intent for these new project areas as well as preferred and contemplated land uses. 

For further information, or to ask any questions, please contact DevelopmentWA.

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Project Documents

Latest News

Train frequency confirmed and bus service consultation to open for new Airport Line

Train frequency confirmed and bus service consultation to open for new Airport Line

Planning of the connecting services on the METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link – to be called the Airport Line when it opens in the first half of 2022 – is well underway.

Forrestfield-Airport Link wins on major track event

Forrestfield-Airport Link wins on major track event

Next week’s Tokyo Olympics isn’t the only major track event to get excited about as Perth celebrates the completion of tracklaying on the Forrestfield-Airport Link!

METRONET East approval unlocks vibrant station precincts

METRONET East approval unlocks vibrant station precincts

An exciting future is instore for Bayswater, High Wycombe and Midland station precincts, following the recent adoption of the METRONET East Redevelopment Scheme.

Track laying full steam ahead on the Forrestfield-Airport Link

Track laying full steam ahead on the Forrestfield-Airport Link

85 per cent of track for the future Airport Line has been laid as the project heads closer to completion.

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