US-based Jacobs Engineering Group has been appointed as client-side technical advisor to the Western Australia Public Transport Authority (PTA) for the A$2bn ($1.5bn) Forrestfield Airport Rail Link.
As part of the project, 8.5km of rail will be cnstructed running underground in twin bored tunnels. It will connect to an existing above-ground passenger rail line linking to Perth airport. It will also connect the eastern foothill suburbs to the rail network, with new below and above-ground stations.
Jacobs Engineering Group's buildings and infrastructure senior vice-president Patrick Hill said: “We are proud to be part of this important public transport project for Western Australia and we look forward to contributing significant value based on our expertise in the rail sector.
“We recognise successful delivery for this project requires a well-integrated delivery team, which works seamlessly to meet tight review timeframes.
“As such, we are employing a partnership model with our sub-consultants, rather than a traditional lead and sub-consultant relationship.”
Jacobs will provide a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental team to the PTA to review the project’s design and construction documentation. This will include a review and confirmation of the technical acceptance of safety critical systems, as well as adherence to PTA operations and maintenance in addition to other policy conditions.
Sub-consultants B, G&E and Golder & Associates will support Jacobs, which is serving as the discipline lead for rail and building services for the project.
Forrestfield-Airport Rail Link is a new train line that will connect Forrestfield to the city and with the existing Midland line near Bayswater Station.