Construction work started on Forrestfield Airport Central Station

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AUSTRALIA: The Forrestfield-Airport Link is a step closer to reality with a construction site now established and work underway at the Airport Central Station.

The construction site at the Perth Airport, located near the control tower, will be ready for the tunnel boring machine to start travelling through in early 2018.

The tunnel boring machine will first break ground in Forrestfield in late July, starting its two-year journey to Bayswater. Three new stations will be built as part of the new rail link - Belmont Station, Airport Central Station and Forrestfield Station. Perth Airport users will have access to a direct 18-minute train journey to the central business district.

The works at Perth Airport coincide with the release of artist impressions of Airport Central Station. The underground station has been designed to create a seamless journey to the airport terminals via an elevated walkway. The station has a striking roof shape inspired by the aerodynamic features of aircraft with ample natural light to the concourse and platform levels.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link project is closely aligned with Perth Airport's redevelopment plans to consolidate the domestic and international airport terminals. Works have begun at the airport to construct the underground station box structure adjacent to the existing airport control tower. Like most stations on the Transperth network, the station will have lifts, stairs, escalators, toilets, ticketing and information services, a kiosk and customer service staff.

The Forrestfield-Airport Link is expected to be completed in late 2020.