News Articles | 9 November 2017

A lot can happen in a year, and that's certainly been the case since construction of the Forrestfield-Airport Link kicked off on November 3, 2016.

Over the last year we've established four major construction sites, assembled, commissioned and launched two TBMs, started work on three new stations, and produced over 8000 concrete tunnel ring segments.

Take a look below to see what's been happening across the project over the last month, and if you're a resident living near one of our construction sites, we invite you to take part in a quick survey to help our team improve your experience over the next year of construction.

TBM Sandy begins journey to Bayswater

In another significant milestone, the project's second tunnel boring machine, Sandy, began her 8km journey from Forrestfield to Bayswater on Tuesday October 24.

TBM Sandy, named after the local digging insect the 'Sandgroper', is hot on the heels of big sister Grace, with both TBMs due to arrive at the Airport Central Station site in early 2018. Sandy has travelled around 80 metres since her launch, while Grace's tunnel has now progressed to a length of over 800m.

Have your say in the FAL residents' survey - NOW CLOSED

If you're a resident living nearby one of the project's construction sites, we invite you to take part in the FAL residents' survey. Your feedback enables our team to better understand what we do well and what we can improve on.

The survey will remain open until Tuesday November 14 to ensure that as many residents as possible have a chance to provide feedback. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Community members to vote on station name - NOW CLOSED

Community members residing within the Local Government area of the City of Belmont have the opportunity to vote in the naming of their local station.

Residents are invited to vote for either 'Belmont Station' or 'Redcliffe Station' for the first station on the Forrestfield Line. The survey will close at 5pm Sunday November 19, 2017. Have your say now.

Belmont d-walls near completion

The diaphragm walls which form Belmont Station's underground station box are nearing completion, with 62 of the 68 d-walls now finished. Remaining d-walls are expected to be completed within the next two weeks before excavation of spoil from within the station box begins.

Works have now also started on construction of a tunnel cross passage along Brearley Avenue, near the intersection of First Street. A process known as jet grouting is being used to improve ground conditions and stabilise soil in preparation for  tunnelling works. The building process will take about three months in total and traffic management will be in place during this time.

Forrestfield Station takes shape

With both TBMs now launched and making their way towards Bayswater, the grout, slurry, and water treatment plants continue to support operations 24/7.

Meanwhile, works are progressing well on the structures required for the future Forrestfield Station itself.

Last week the first 18 of 92 pre-cast concrete panels, which will form a retaining wall along the eastern side of the station, were craned into place. The retaining wall will run the length of the station and separate the ground-level bus interchange from the train line which sits at a slightly lower grade.

Excavation continues at Airport Central Station

Construction of the Airport Central Station box structure is continuing in readiness for the arrival of TBM Grace in the new year. 

Ground level slabs have been completed and excavation to concourse level is almost 70 per cent complete.

The construction team have so far excavated to a depth of 8.5m. When complete, the train line within the station box will sit 15m below ground level. This short video provides a quick update on site works so far.

Works on track at Bayswater

The temporary relocation of the Midland Line is taking shape with much of the required track near Railway Parade now laid.

A series of out of hours' works is required in late November and early December to enable essential construction to take place close to existing rail, without trains operating. Details of these works are available on the Bayswater Junction webpage

The temporary line is expected to be ready for its first train in mid-December, after which the existing Midland Line will be removed to allow for the construction of the Bayswater dive structure.

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