The Forrestfield-Airport Link is one of Western Australia’s most transformational public transport projects, linking Perth’s eastern suburbs to rail for the first time.

The new rail line will connect the current railway east of Bayswater to Forrestfield, with 8.5km of new tracks, 8km of which are in tunnels.

The $1.86 billion project, jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, will also deliver three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

In April 2016, the Public Transport Authority awarded the design, construct and maintenance contract to SI-NRW JV.

Construction began in December 2016 at the future Forrestfield Station site. A dive structure was built in preparation for the arrival of the project’s two tunnel boring machines (TBM) to begin their tunnelling journey. Key infrastructure is also set up at the Forrestfield site to support the tunnelling machines.

TBM Grace began tunnelling in July 2017, and TBM Sandy began in September 2017. The underground journey will take almost two years.

More information is available via the project website

Progress to date:


9 active construction sites


140,616 cubic metres of concrete


18,981 tonnes of steel


9,000 tunnel rings installed

For more information visit the Forrestfield-Airport Link
project website