Forrestfield Airport Link will meet environmental objectives

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AUSTRALIA: The Environmental Protection Agency has released a report recommending the approval of the 8.5km Forrestfield Airport Link. 

The Public Transport Authority’s overall project to extend the line from the Bayswater Station/Midland Line to Forrestfield includes three stations, twin bored tunnels of about 8km passing under the Swan River and car parks. A re-alignment of Dundas Road, cross passages and emergency exits are also included in the project.

As part of the project is on Perth Airport Land, it is subject to a separate assessment and approvals process under Commonwealth legislation and did not form part of the proposal assessed by the EPA.

Forrestfield-Airport Link is a $2 billion State Government project to deliver a rail service to the eastern suburbs with stations at Airport West, Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.
The construction is scheduled to start in 2016 and completion due in 2020.

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Once completed it will provide a 20 minute rail journey from Forrestfield to the city, which currently takes 45 minutes by car in peak hour.

EPA Chairman Dr Paul Vogel said that potential environmental impacts on flora and vegetation at the Forrestfield station were identified as the key factor requiring evaluation by the EPA.

“As a result of EPA’s assessment of these potential impacts, we were able to conclude that the proposal could be managed to meet our environmental objectives, subject to the implementation of several conditions.”

The EPA’s report to the Minister for Environment is now open for a two-week public appeal period, closing July 27, 2015. Appeals are administered independently by the Appeals Convenor and can be made at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au. The Minister for Environment will make the final decision.