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The Forrestfield-Airport Link project has reached yet another major milestone by successfully shifting the Midland Line tracks to their final location and connecting the Airport Line track to the wider rail network.
Back in December 2017, a section of track on the Midland Line was temporarily relocated to create space for the construction of the Bayswater Junction dive structure – the underground, open-air structure which leads into the entrance of the tunnel.
During two 56-hour rail weekend shutdowns in February and March 2021, these tracks were relocated again – this time to their permanent location.
Working within such a tight timeframe, there was a need to quickly and safely construct and tie in the section of track, as well as the associated rail systems and power. It was high fives all around when Midland Line services resumed on time Monday morning.
After almost five years of construction, the Forrestfield-Airport Link project is well and truly on the home stretch. A further shutdown of the Midland Line will take place later this year to connect all rail systems and power to the existing network. This will be followed by testing and trial running, including railcar driver training.
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