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 Forrestfield 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-level 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. Construction of the car park is scheduled to being as soon as tunnelling is finished and will be ready for when first trains run on the Forrestfield 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.
In April 2016 the Public Transport Authority awarded the design, construct and maintenance contract for the project to the Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture (SI-NRW).
Work is now underway to build the 8km of twin-bored tunnels and other infrastructure needed to operate the line. These tunnels, which will run under Perth Airport and the Swan River, will help ensure minimal impact on the existing land and road network.
The first trains will operate on the new line in the second half of 2021.
Visit the Forrestfield-Airport Link for more information about the construction activities.
‘Excellent’ sustainability rating for project
At the 2018 Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) state conference the project was awarded an ‘excellent’ rating for its commitment to delivering an innovative and sustainable transport solution for Western Australians.
Embedding integrated sustainability principles in design, procurement and construction processes has been paramount for the project. This means that all individuals and companies involved in the project are committed to developing and building the asset in the most sustainable way possible.
- Minimising water consumption and use of potable water
- Minimising energy use and production of greenhouse gases, including use of solar power
- Sustainable sourcing of materials
- Implementing at least three State-first innovations
The project’s Sustainability Strategy, prepared to guide the direction of sustainability during planning, design, construction and ultimately in operation, identified over 130 initiatives. These include maximising the use of daylight at Airport Central Station by building a glass roof and developing concrete mixes that will reduce the volume of Portland cement used on the project.