Thirty six concrete walls, which make up the station's 150 metre platform have been cast and the lower roof installed. Two escalators and adjacent lift frames are in place, ready to help move the 5,000 passengers a day expected to be using the station when it opens in the second half of 2021.
Working with the Public Transport Authority and Western Australia Government, the Forrestfield Airport Link will deliver a new rail service to the eastern suburbs, improving connectivity and access between the city and Perth Airport, and reducing congestion on the roads. It will also act as a catalyst for residential and commercial development around the three stations, Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield.
Forrestfield station is the terminus station at the end of the Link, which has been designed very much with the passenger experience in mind. The distinctive roof, visible from the surrounding area, will be a clearly identifiable point of entry. Passengers will enter the station at an elevated arrival area, with a clear view down to the 150 metre long island platform below. Access to the platform will be via a SmartRider fare gate, with escalators, lifts and stairs taking passengers down.
Each station on the Link draws on the character of its location; at Forrestfield the 300 metre retaining wall will feature a tessellated pattern of tiles in earthy tones, inspired by the Darling Scarp.
The station precinct will also incorporate a major bus interchange, 180 secure, weather protected bicycle bays and parking for up to 1200 vehicles. Pedestrians will be able to access the station safely via a network of paths and there will be new, safe cycle routes from the catchment suburbs into and through the station.
The rail-link forms part of the Metronet vision to create liveable communities connected by world class public transport. Passengers at Forrestfield will have a 20 minute journey to the CBD and a two-minute journey to Perth Airport. Trains will run every 10 minutes during peak times, with an estimated 9800 daily passenger trips to and from the station by 2022.