Forrestfield-Airport Link

Overview

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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 Forrestfield. 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 Forrestfield, 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. By 2022 the Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to generate 20,000 passenger trips every day – increasing to 29,000 daily by 2031. 

With three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield, 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. Boost employment, residential and economic growth by encouraging transit oriented development around the new suburban train stations at Redcliffe and Forrestfield.

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 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. 

Forrestfield 
The catchment area for Forrestfield 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-level 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. 

Construction of the car park is scheduled to being as soon as tunnelling is finished and will be ready for when first trains run on the Forrestfield Line. 

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.

Project Documents

Latest News

What a Show!

What a Show!

METRONET made its debut at the 2019 Perth Royal Show giving show goers a glimpse inside the Forrestfield-Airport Link tunnels and information on all other projects.

The major feat happening beneath your feet!

The major feat happening beneath your feet!

Come and see us at this year's Perth Royal Show. We'll be in the Robinson Pavilion at Stands 23 & 24. 

Forrestfield Station making tracks

Forrestfield Station making tracks

Not only is Forrestfield Station 50 per cent complete, it demonstrates the high quality of local and Australian made materials and craftsmanship. 

Above and Beyond for Forrestfield-Airport Link!

Above and Beyond for Forrestfield-Airport Link!

The Forrestfield-Airport Link has received the Concrete Institute of Australia (WA) Award for Excellence in the Technology and Innovation Category for 2019 for production of the concrete tunnel segments used on the project.

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