The state government of Western Australia has announced the start of work on the new Airport Central Station project in Perth, Western Australia.
The underground station marks the first step towards the Forrestfield-Airport Link, a train line designed to provide an 18-minute journey for all Perth Airport users to the central business district. It will provide direct access to T1 and T2 for visitors and locals.
The Forrestfield-Airport link includes three new stations - Belmont Station, Airport Central Station and Forrestfield Station. The project is being jointly financed by the state government with $1.37bn and $490m from the federal government.
The scope of the work will include the construction of the underground station box structure adjacent to the existing airport control tower. The station will have lifts, stairs, escalators, toilets, ticketing and information services, a kiosk and customer service staff.
The tunnel boring machine is set to break ground in Forrestfield in late July, commencing its two-year journey to Bayswater.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: "As well as creating 2,000 jobs throughout the life of the project, the Forrestfield-Airport Link will revolutionise public transport in the eastern foothills, and provide choice for how many of us travel to and from Perth Airport.
"The Forrestfield-Airport Link will provide affordable, efficient and quick access to the airport and eastern foothills - it will be a two-zone fare from the CBD."
The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.