Joint Media Release

Work on the Airport Central Station underway

MC 26/17

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for Western Australia

Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
Premier of Western Australia

Hon. Rita Saffioti MLA
Minister for Transport

28 May 2017
  • Work has begun to build the underground station box structure
  • The station will provide direct access to T1 and T2 for visitors and locals
  • Project jointly funded by the State ($1.37b) and Federal ($490m) governments
  • Forrestfield-Airport Link is the first METRONET project, creating 2,000 jobs

The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a step closer to reality with a construction site now established and work underway at the Airport Central Station.

The construction site at the Perth Airport, located near the control tower, will be ready for the tunnel boring machine to start travelling through in early 2018.

The tunnel boring machine will first break ground in Forrestfield in late July, starting its two-year journey to Bayswater.

Three new stations will be built as part of the new rail link - Belmont Station, Airport Central Station and Forrestfield Station.

Perth Airport users will have access to a direct 18-minute train journey to the central business district.

The works at Perth Airport coincide with the release of artist impressions of Airport Central Station. The underground station has been designed to create a seamless journey to the airport terminals via an elevated walkway.

The station has a striking roof shape inspired by the aerodynamic features of aircraft with ample natural light to the concourse and platform levels.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link project is closely aligned with Perth Airport’s redevelopment plans to consolidate the domestic and international airport terminals. Works have begun at the airport to construct the underground station box structure adjacent to the existing airport control tower.

Like most stations on the Transperth network, the station will have lifts, stairs, escalators, toilets, ticketing and information services, a kiosk and customer service staff.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to be completed in late 2020.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“This important rail link was the number one priority of the METRONET vision.

“With work now underway, this project will deliver a significant jobs boost for Western Australians and help improve connectivity across our suburbs.”

Comments attributed to WA Senator Mathias Cormann:

“The $490 million Federal Government investment into the Forrestfield-Airport Link project is part of more than $1.2 billion in Federal GST top-up payments for Western Australia since April 2015.

“The work on this important project will support the WA economy by creating jobs and ensuring that our communities are well serviced by high-quality transport services.”

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“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.”

Media Contact(s): 

Premier’s office: Daniel Pastorelli 0409 111 905 or 6552 5200
Transport Minister’s office: Joel Kelly 0437 055 803 or 6552 5500
Minister Cormann’s office: Karen Wu 0428 350 139