Ansaldo STS has secured a A$44m ($33.3m) contract from Salini Impregilo-NRW joint venture (SINRW) to deliver the complete signalling and telecommunications system for the A$1.86bn ($1.41bn) Forrestfield-Airport Link rail extension project in Perth, Australia.

Under the contract, Ansaldo will be responsible for complete signalling and telecommunications system for an 8km extension to the Perth Transport Authority’s (PTA) railway line.

This railway line will run from Perth’s eastern suburbs to the city’s airport.

Ansaldo’s scope of work includes the design, supply and installation, as well as testing of signalling and communication for the extension. The extension includes three new stations Belmont, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

The company will use MicroLok interlocking technology to deliver the signalling package.

"Work on the project is set to start with immediate effect, with completion slated for September 2020."

Work on the project is set to start with immediate effect, with completion slated for September 2020.

Connecting with the existing Midland line near Bayswater Station, the rail link will run to Forrestfield through underground tunnels to ensure minimal impact on the existing land and road network.

The transport project is set to increase public transport options for the eastern suburbs and foothills area and improve access between the city and Perth Airport.

In April last year, SINRW JV won the A$1.176bn ($892.7m) contract to design and construct the rail tunnels and three new stations for the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.

The Forrestfield line will integrate with Perth’s existing rail network.