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$1.8b Forrestfield Airport rail link: State govt satisfied over safety

PERTH: The state government has shown its satisfaction over the safety on the Forestfiled Airport rail link.

Earlier the project was hit by accidents and questionable work methods.

The latest milestone on the $1.8 billion dollar project is the precision placement of components for the steel airbridge from Airport Central station to terminals one and two.

Most of the lifting is done at night to minimise disruption.

Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said that the over the next month we’ll see the rest of the structure put into play.

The government says the project is back on track after a string of safety concerns that saw an enforced delay and greater site scrutiny by Work Safe and the PTA.

The tunnel project won’t be completed now until at least the end of 2021 but Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says it won’t cost any more.

“There’s always negotiations in relation to every project that’s ever delivered,” she said.

“I expect the budget of $1.8 billion dollars to hold.

There’s also been another hurdle cleared for the extension of the Joondalup rail line from Butler to Eglington with environmental approval given last week for the project to proceed.