Major contract for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project has been awarded

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AUSTRALIA: The Forrestfield-Airport Link project has hit a major milestone – awarding the design and construction contract to Salini Impregilo - NRW Joint Venture (SINRW).

Negotiations between the Public Transport Authority and SINRW began in February, with the contract awarded April 28, 2016.

The $1.176b contract will see SINRW build 8km of rail tunnels and three stations connecting Perth to the Eastern foothills, as well as maintaining the infrastructure for a ten year period, once the project is complete in 2020.

"This is a huge milestone on the path to delivering this project, which will change the face of Perth's eastern corridor and give people direct access to the airport by public transport. It's the biggest expansion of the city's rail system since the Mandurah rail line was completed," Premier Colin Barnett said.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said early work, worth $370 million, was already underway for the construction of the Forrestfield Airport Line, including geotechnical work, contract management and land purchases.

"Various forward works have been underway at Forrestfield since November 2015 and I expect the joint venture to mobilise on site in the coming months. The project's direct employment is expected to peak at about 600 workers," Nalder said.

Two of the stations on the Forrestfield-Airport Link have been renamed - Belmont (formerly Airport West) and Airport Central (formerly Consolidated Airport) - to more accurately reflect their purpose and locations.

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