Shortlist for rail line construction

John Holland and Leighton Contractors, Salini Impregilo and NRW, and Forrestfield Connect, which combines ACCIONA Infrastructure, BAM International and Ferrovial Agroman, will respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project.

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) evaluated five proposals.

Forrestfield MLA Nathan Morton said the level of interest in designing and constructing this rail line to Perth�s foothills via the Perth Airport had been high.

�Forrestfield-Airport Link will change the way people in the eastern suburbs interact with their city,� Mr Morton said.

�When you look at all the activity going on in the city with Elizabeth Quay, the Perth City Link Project and new Perth Stadium, all of this will now be readily accessible to the people of Forrestfield.

�The five proposals that were submitted were from leading national and international contractors, but only a maximum of three respondents can progress to the next stage.�

The first train will operate in 2020.

The 8.5km rail extension branches off the Midland line, just east of Bayswater station.

The line will feature three stations: Airport West, Consolidated Airport and Forrestfield.

A contract will be awarded to the successful bidder in mid-2016.