Construction work on Western Australia’s Perth City Link project is on track to be completed in 2014, according to Anthony Albanese, Australia’s minister for infrastructure and transport.
The Perth City Link Project will reconnect the city centre with Northbridge by sinking the Fremantle rail line between William Street and Lake/King Street.
Work under the project also includes upgrading Perth Station with new tiling, lighting and services, as well as converting the current platform 9 into an island Platform 8/9 and construction of a new platform 10.
The project will also see the extension of the existing Joondalup line tunnel roof to Milligan Streets and construction of a new pedestrian underpass linking Perth Underground Station to all the platforms at Perth Station.
The sinking of the railway will allow the redevelopment of the 14ha strip between Perth and Northbridge, and open up around 50,000m² of land for new retail, commercial and residential developments.
The A$360m ($374m) project is being undertaken by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Perth and contractors John Holland and GHD.
The state government has allocated A$336m ($349m) for the sinking of the railway and A$249m ($258.7m) for Wellington Street bus station, while the city of Perth has allocated A$38m ($39m) and the Australian government A$236m ($245m) for the rail component of the Perth City Link project.
Image: The Perth City Link project includes upgrading Perth Station with new tiling, lighting and services, and converting the current platform 9 into an island Platform 8/9.