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Sod turned on Forrestfield-Airport Link

Construction began on the $1.96 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL) project in Western Australia this week.

Construction began on the $1.96 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL) project in Western Australia this week.Construction began on the $1.96 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link (FAL) project in Western Australia this week.

The new rail corridor will link Perth’s eastern suburbs to the city’s central business district.

Jointly funded by the Western Australian and Federal governments, the FAL will create 2000 jobs during its construction and is aiming for a 2020 completion date.

“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,” said WA Premier Colin Barnett in a statement.

“The link will not only benefit people living in the new rail corridor, but will serve airport passengers and tourists alike and will leave a great first impression for visitors to Perth.”

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.

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 construction of the ‘dive structure’ or entry points to the rail tunnels before the end of 2016.

Two tunnel boring machines will arrive from Germany in mid-2017, when drilling is expected to start.

The deepest tunnel point under the Swan River will be 26 metres, and the average depth under the airport apron and runways will be 15 metres.

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