Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Federal approval vital for Forrestfield-Airport Link

Media Release- December 4, 2015

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons has welcomed the Australian Government’s approval of the on-airport elements of the Forrestfield-Airport Link rail project.

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“This approval applies to about a four kilometre section within Perth Airport and is the key to ensuring there is a link to the Airport from the outside for commuters,” Mr Irons said.

“The works will include twin-bored tunnels running east-west under the main runway and cross runway, and the construction of a new below ground Airport Central Station with pedestrian linkages to existing and future terminals,” Mr Irons said.

“Without this part of the project, the rest of the Link won’t connect with the airport.

“The construction of the rail line and station will provide a much needed alternative mode of travel for both staff and passengers.

“The number of international and domestic passengers is forecast to grow to about 8.6 million and 20 million respectively and this project anticipates and caters for that growth.

“The addition of this rail line will enhance access to and from the airport for Perth residents.”

Mr Irons said the $2 billion project – which is fully funded by the Western Australian Government – would enhance Perth Airport’s role as the major gateway to and from Western Australia, and provide improved access for business and tourism travellers.

“This project will to change the way people in Swan travel to and from the Airport and I will make sure they get the maximum benefits out of this project as it goes into construction.”

“The Airport’s  Master Plan 2014 indicates that the number of aviation-related full-time employees at the airport could grow to approximately 22,000,” Mr Irons said.

“This airport is an important employer for the people of Perth and this expansion will create an economic boost.”

Perth Airport’s 2014 Master Airport Plan can be viewed at http://www.perthairport.com.au/master-plan.aspx

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