Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, recently visited the High Wycombe construction site to announce the completion of track laying, a significant project milestone.

More than 27,000 sleepers and 2,400 tonnes of Australian-made steel have been used to install more than 16 kilometres of track from Bayswater Junction to High Wycombe Station.

Final touches, such as tamping of ballasted track and grinding of the rail, are still required to ensure the track surface is smooth.

Another breakthrough for the project is the car park completion at the High Wycombe Station. The car park stretches across three levels and provides parking for 1,200 cars and 52 motorcycles. The multi-deck design was chosen to free up land near the station for future development.

The High Wycombe station is also nearing completion, with finishing touches underway, including landscaping, installation of seating, bike racks and signage, plus roadworks within the station precinct.

All three new stations, High Wycombe, Airport Central and Redcliffe are now in the final fit-out stage and will open when the line becomes operational in the first half of 2022.

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she has watched the project develop from the beginning of tunnelling to the start of track laying and now the completion of 16 kilometres of finished track.

“We have reached a major milestone on the METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link with track laying now completed,” she said.

“Amazing progress is also being made at the three new stations – including High Wycombe – which are all on the home stretch of construction.”

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