Airport rail plan extends to Hills
Picture: Ian Munro/The West Australian

A rail link to Perth Airport will run down the middle of Tonkin Highway, tunnel under runways and stretch to the foothills as part of the State Government's preferred model.

The route will connect the Midland rail line to the proposed consolidated international and domestic airport terminal.

The plan |

The State Government has earmarked the project for between 2021 and 2031 but the route needs to be finalised so it can be incorporated in the airport's current redevelopment plans.

No cost estimates have been placed on the project but industry sources have suggested a price tag of about $750 million.

State land along the route will be set aside and negotiations are under way with landowners to ensure the route is protected.

The spur line will connect to the Midland line east of the Bayswater station. It will run about 2.5km up the middle of Tonkin Highway to Stanton Road.

It will then dive under the eastbound lanes of the highway and run to a station at the existing domestic airport site. This station is intended to accommodate the planned business/industrial park and a park-and-ride facility.

The line will then bore under the airport's two main runways to an integrated station within the consolidated terminal.

It will continue in a tunnel, under the proposed third runway, to a station in the High Wycombe-Forrestfield area.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the line would not only provide public transport to the airport but also improve access to the eastern foothills. "Perth Airport will continue to experience substantial passenger growth and it is critical transport infrastructure is planned to ensure that adequate services are in place to cater for the projected demand," he said.

"We understand that people want options when considering how to get to and from the airport and this is the first step in securing a major public transport opportunity."

Mr Buswell said the Government had consulted Perth Airport Pty Ltd throughout the process and would continue to do so.

Though the rail link project was not scheduled until after 2021, he said the Government was keen to understand the full scope and cost of the project to determine where it sat in relation to other infrastructure investment priorities.

A detailed master plan will be released next year.

In its submission to the Government's 20-year public transport strategy, the RAC urged that several key public transport projects, including the airport rail link, be brought forward.

The West Australian

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