by Josephine Cordero Sapién
30 Jul 2020
Australia: Following the completion of tunnelling works on the Forrestfield-Airport Link in April 2020, tracklaying has now begun on the line with the first kilometre now in place.
The project, an investment of 1.86 billion AUD, has got its first kilometre of track near Redcliffe Station. The work is being performed by Martinus Rail, which has been contracted by the Salini Impregilo-NRW joint venture. In total, more than 2,400 tons of Australian steel will be used for the line. Roughly 40km of rail will be needed for the track in each tunnel, tie-in at Bayswater and stowage at High Wycombe.
Each section of rail measuring 27.5m. Eight of these sections are then flash-butt welded together into a long 220m section. Several teams work simultaneously to weld lengths of rail, transport them and lay them as well as the sleepers to create the skeleton track in the tunnels. After that, they pour the concrete to make the slab track.
Work has also begun to prepare for the overhead line equipment and the communications and signalling systems to be installed.
Once operational, the Forrestfield-Airport Link will become known as the Airport Line. It will connect Perth’s city centre to the eastern suburbs and Perth Airport. The line should enter passenger service in late 2021.
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