Perth’s METRONET Airport rail link has reached a major milestone this week with the station reached the completion percentage of 70%.
The Airport Train Station’s 137-tonne steel roof has been craned into position, and the roof modules will be add-in during a three month period.
Specially designed sheetings will be used to cover the station helping to reduce glare for airplane pilots during landing and take off.
These event took place shortly after TBM Grace, the first tunnel-boring machine, broke through the final wall on the 18th, February, TBM Sandy is expected to complete her mission mid this year.
Meanwhile, the Skybridge which connects the station and the airport terminal is almost completed.
The 280 metre long walkway features travelators and flight info screens, the walkway is fully enclosed to ensure travellers comfort on all weather conditions.
Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti visited the station’s construction zone today, trying out the skybridge walkways for the first time.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
“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.”
The Forrestfield Airport Link is due to open in the second half of 2021, provide eastern foothills suburbs new transport options, and the government claims the project create 2000 jobs.