The $1.176b contract to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth has been awarded to SINRW, a joint venture between Italian company Salini Impregilo and local company NRW Pty Ltd.
The contract is to build the 8km of rail tunnels and 3 stations for the Forrestfield Line, as well as maintain the tunnel and civil structures for 10 years following completion.
Premier Colin Barnett confirmed that a recent payment of $490m from the Federal Government will help support the project.
The rail line will tunnel underground from a junction near Bayswater Station, under the Swan River and the airport, and out to Forrestfield.
Source: WA Govt
SINRW is expected to mobilise on the site in the coming months and Transport Minister Dean Nalder estimates direct employment from the project to peak at 600 workers.
The rail line will give direct access to the airport by public transport and is due to open in 2020.
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