Located immediately south of the control tower adjacent to Terminal 1, Airport Central Station will soon enable tourists and locals to travel by train to and from Perth Airport.
On 28 February 2020, Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced that construction on Airport Central Station had officially reached 70 per cent completion, with work on the Skybridge linking Perth Airport nearly finished as well.
They revealed that the first girders of Airport Central Station’s 137-tonne steel roof structure had been craned into place, with the steel fabricated locally by Naval Base company, Pacific Industrial Co.
The roof modules will be craned into place over a three-month period, before specially designed sheeting, which will help to reduce glare for pilots flying in and out of Perth Airport, is installed.
The roof installation comes as TBM Grace, the first tunnel-boring machine, finishes its work, having broken through into the Bayswater Station dive structure on February 18.
TBM Sandy is expected to break through towards the middle of the year, marking the successful completion of tunnelling on the project.
By the end of their three-year journey, the machines will have travelled eight kilometres each.
At Skybridge level, the steel frame for the link between the station entry and the 280-metre-long elevated walkway has been constructed and travelators and information screens installed.
When the Forrestfield-Airport Link opens in the second half of 2021, the fully enclosed walkway will provide a comfortable link from the station to Terminal 1, with access to Terminal 2.
The railway will provide a 20-minute direct link between the eastern foothills and the central business district – as well as the wider public transport network – via the airport.
Mr McGowan said the Forrestfield-Airport Link is an important part of METRONET, and when it opens next year it will provide an accessible public transport link for thousands of Western Australians and tourists.
“I am pleased to see the roof steel has been fabricated locally in Naval Base, supporting local jobs and showing off the calibre of work performed by Western Australian businesses,” he said.
“About 2,000 jobs have been created on this project alone, with more than 700 people currently employed, and 70 jobs created as part of the Skybridge project.”
“We are getting on with building METRONET and this year alone will have six major projects under construction,” Mr McGowan commented.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti added that until now, construction of Airport Central Station has been predominantly underground with significant excavation undertaken to build the three-level railway hub.
“While most works to date have been largely hidden, construction of this massive roof structure marks a new phase in above-ground construction for this project – an architectural milestone,” she said.
“Now that the train station frame is beginning to take shape, it’s hard not to get excited about what’s to come – a brand new way for locals and staff to travel to and from Perth Airport, and an impressive gateway for tourists to our incredible city.”
“I know from my own travels just how pleasant it is to be able to get straight off a plane and on to a fast, safe, efficient and comfortable rail service, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar city or country,” the Minister said.
“Once the Forrestfield-Airport Link is up and running in late 2021, the journey from the airport will be a fantastic part of the adventure of travelling in Perth.”