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On time and on budget...the new Fremantle line goes to work.
On time and on budget...the new Fremantle line goes to work.

The train moved through the 600m long underground tunnel at 5.23am. On board were project workers and Transport Minister Troy Buswell.

Mr Buswell said the opening of the tunnel was the culmination of more than two years of work on the site.

‘We have successfully completed the sinking of the Fremantle rail line, on time and on budget,’ he said.

‘This lays the foundation for fulfilling the dream of reconnecting the CBD and Northbridge.’

The new underground tunnel will allow construction to begin on 13.5ha above ground, including 1650 dwellings and 244,000sq m of new retail and commercial space.

Perth commuters are reminded the Perth Underground station will be closed from 1.30pm Wednesday, July 31 to first service Monday, August 5.

Joondalup, Mandurah and Fremantle train lines will be affected.