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Friday, 28 April 2017

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Find out more about Forrestfield-Airport Link train line

Residents and business owners along the route of Perth's proposed $2 billion underground rail line to the airport are being invited to find out more about the project.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link will be tunnelled underground from a junction near Bayswater Station, under the Swan River and the airport, and out to Forrestfield.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the new train line would open up Perth's eastern suburbs to the rail network for the first time - and give Perth airport users a travel option quicker to the city than by car.

Due to open in 2020, the rail link will connect with the existing Midland Line near Bayswater and run underground to Forrestfield to ensure minimal impact on land and roads.

Community information sessions will be held during the last week of August in:

  • Bayswater, where the line spurs off the existing Midland Line
  • Belmont and Redcliffe for people who will access the new Airport West Station
  • Forrestfield and High Wycombe, which are closest to Forrestfield Station.

"We're hoping to find out what the community wants to know about how the project may impact them, and explain the benefits from having this transport corridor in their area," Mr Nalder said.

Online engagement will run at the same time to cater for people unable to attend sessions.

"The Public Transport Authority recently assessed opinions about the new rail line and found 94 per cent of local residents were aware of it, and 83 per cent felt positive about the project. Most felt the new rail line would benefit the local community and the city of Perth," the Minister said.

For more information and to take a virtual tour of the new rail project, visit the refreshed website.

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