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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
With tunnelling for the project now complete, construction of the multi-deck car park has commenced and will be ready for when first trains run on the new 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.