First km of track laid signaling progress for METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link

The McGowan Government has revealed progress for its METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link, which it claims is expected to create jobs for the state.

Tracklaying is already underway for the project, with one kilometer of track currently in place for what the government will name the Airport Line.

The track has been laid near Redcliffe Station, following the final breakthrough near Bayswater and completion of tunneling in April.

More than 2,400 tonnes of Australian-manufactured steel will be used in the tracklaying process with around 40 kilometres of rail needed to form the track in each tunnel and tie-ins at Bayswater and stowage at High Wycombe.

Work has also begun to prepare for the installation of overhead line equipment for communications and signaling.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the laying of the first kilometre is a significant step.

“We’re at an exciting time for this major infrastructure project – the tunnel-boring machines have finished creating our tunnels, our three new stations are taking shape and tracklaying is now underway,” she said.

She added it was a boon to the state’s employment levels.

“This is a project that’s creating thousands of jobs,” Ms Saffioti said.

Trains are scheduled to start running on the line in late 2021.

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