Forrestfield airport link [FAL]

 
  Mouse Chief Train Controller

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Posting here as this also is related to the Forrestfield Airport Link:

http://www.metronet.wa.gov.au/projects/claremont

Claremont station will be upgraded to support 6 carriage trains and meet Disability Discrimination Act standards, and will have turnback sidings installed to the west to support peak period services every 5 minutes between Claremont and Bayswater.

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  Mouse Chief Train Controller

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Does anyone have any info on the progress of the FAL TBMs , or ongoing lack thereof?
LL10194

Both had restarted as of last Tuesday: http://forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au/tunnelling/tunnel-boring-machines
  LL10194 Station Master

Location: Perth
Thanks for the replies Mouse.

Claremont certainly seems to be an appropriate destination for a shuttle from the Midland / FAL line. Although, I didn’t expect the six car platform to be a short term requirement for that yet. But any improvement is good and if DDA improvements and grade separation is part of it then all the better.

The other line I found interesting in that media statement: “precincts are also being planned at other stations between Claremont and Bayswater, such as Meltham, West Leederville, Shenton Park and City West.” I guess that there is some TOD concept planning on file for almost every station, but that statement may give us an indication of priorities for stations to get longer platforms first - although I’m not expecting them all in a great hurry.

We will just have to wait to see any significant budget commitments for platform extension at Subiaco. There was something in a PTA annual report a couple of years ago about acquiring land for the future Subi platform extension. West Leederville of course now has an entire spare platform.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

This is going to become a very busy line Bayswater to Perth,  any idea of the plans to tackle this, shuttle Ellenbrook - Bayswater change to Perth at Bayswater maybe, Airport line Non-stop Bayswater to Claisebrook, or some sections of 4 track?

Just wondering.
witzendoz
I would imagine that the airport trains would skip a few stops, though I think it would be wise to call in at East Perth along the way for those (admittedly very few) passengers who would be wanting to catch Prospector and coach services from there.  It would seem silly (and probably confusing for first time visitors) to have  them change trains somewhere when it should not be required.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

Thanks for the replies Mouse.

Claremont certainly seems to be an appropriate destination for a shuttle from the Midland / FAL line. Although, I didn’t expect the six car platform to be a short term requirement for that yet. But any improvement is good and if DDA improvements and grade separation is part of it then all the better.

The other line I found interesting in that media statement: “precincts are also being planned at other stations between Claremont and Bayswater, such as Meltham, West Leederville, Shenton Park and City West.” I guess that there is some TOD concept planning on file for almost every station, but that statement may give us an indication of priorities for stations to get longer platforms first - although I’m not expecting them all in a great hurry.

We will just have to wait to see any significant budget commitments for platform extension at Subiaco. There was something in a PTA annual report a couple of years ago about acquiring land for the future Subi platform extension. West Leederville of course now has an entire spare platform.
LL10194
Extending the platforms at Subiaco would be an interesting exercise.
  Yappo Station Master

Thanks for the replies Mouse.

Claremont certainly seems to be an appropriate destination for a shuttle from the Midland / FAL line. Although, I didn’t expect the six car platform to be a short term requirement for that yet. But any improvement is good and if DDA improvements and grade separation is part of it then all the better.
LL10194

Contract awarded for tracklaying at Claremont Station, 18 August 2020, Railexpress
The Western Australian government has announced the successful tenderer for the $36 million contract for tracklaying at Claremont station. John Holland is the successful contractor and will complete the works at the station, part of the Metronet project. Scheduled for completion in late 2021, with rail infrastructure operational by mid 2021, the work involves installing turnbacks west of Claremont Station on the Fremantle line.

The turnbacks will allow trains to travel back towards the city after stopping at Claremont. This will allow greater frequency services on the Fremantle and Forrestfield-Airport Link lines. Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said that local and city-wide works required the new infrastructure. “We know significant development is taking place around Claremont Station – which is currently the third-busiest on the Fremantle Line – and we expect patronage of this station to increase significantly, which is why this upgrade is so important,” she said. “Claremont Station is located halfway along the Fremantle Line, so is ideally positioned to host turnbacks – it’s a vital part of ensuring our rail network is well-placed to deal with future demand particularly when the Forrestfield- Airport Link comes online in late 2021.”

During normal peak periods turnback one will be used every ten minutes. Turnback two will be used during peak periods and special events as required, or when there are planned or unplanned service disruptions. In addition to the new track, Claremont station will be upgraded to meet accessibility standards and a new underpass will be constructed. Bus facilities and pedestrian connections are also part of the project. Saffioti said that works would support the local economy. “This $36 million contract will help support 300 local jobs in the community, an excellent outcome for the project.”
  Yappo Station Master

Tunneling complete on FAL, 21 April 2020, MetroNet
TBM Sandy has seen the light at the end of the tunnel as she broke through at Bayswater Junction yesterday (20 April), marking the end of tunnelling on the [color=#007bff]Forrestfield-Airport Link project
. A journey which spanned over 900 days, TBM Sandy tunnelled through varied and sometimes challenging conditions including under Perth Airport and the Swan River. Sandy's arrival at Bayswater completes a total of 16 kilometres of tunnelling following [color=#007bff]TBM Grace’s breakthrough in February. [/color]
Together the TBMs have installed a total of 9,000 tunnel rings, comprising 54,000 locally fabricated concrete segments to form the tunnel walls, which will link three new stations at Forrestfield, Airport Central and Redcliffe to the existing rail network.
With tunnelling now complete, TBM Sandy will be dismantled and craned out of the dive structure.
Installation of the first stage of track slab is 50 per cent complete and track laying is scheduled to begin in July. Construction and fit-out of the station buildings continues.

Tracklaying paves the way for FAL, 30 July 2020, MetroNet
The first 1km of track for the Forrestfielf-Airport Link project has been laid between Redcliffe and Airport Central stations.  
Following completion of the two tunnels in April 2020, the milestone marks a new stage for the project and is an important step towards completion of the rail line.  Australian company Martinus Rail will use about 2,400 tonnes of Australian-manufactured steel in the track-laying process. The rail started out as 27.5m pieces of steel before being flash-butt welded into giant 220m strings. Multiple teams work simultaneously to weld lengths of rail, transport and precisely lay the rail and sleepers to form the skeleton track in the tunnels, then pour the concrete that finishes the slab track.
Preparation is also underway for the installation of the overhead line equipment and the complex systems for communications and signalling.
The future Airport Line, which is due to open in late 2021, will provide a 20-minute rail link between the Perth CBD and the eastern suburbs, with three new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe.  
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  Yappo Station Master

4km of track now laid. Also, didn't realise that the escalators at the Airport station will be longer than those at Parliament station in Melbourne!


"Work is rapidly progressing on the preparation of the Forrestfield-Airport Link to run trains by late 2021. Tracklaying works have already put in place four kilometres of track through the twin tunnels.

The future stations for the line are also coming into shape, with the high eaves over Airport Central Station recently installed. Connecting the station atrium to the platform is the longest uninterrupted escalator in the southern hemisphere, with stretches to 35 metres long and 15 metres high." Full article
  Tii Junior Train Controller

4km of track now laid. Also, didn't realise that the escalators at the Airport station will be longer than those at Parliament station in Melbourne!


"Work is rapidly progressing on the preparation of the Forrestfield-Airport Link to run trains by late 2021. Tracklaying works have already put in place four kilometres of track through the twin tunnels.

The future stations for the line are also coming into shape, with the high eaves over Airport Central Station recently installed. Connecting the station atrium to the platform is the longest uninterrupted escalator in the southern hemisphere, with stretches to 35 metres long and 15 metres high." Full article
Yappo
Hi from Victoria. As the article says, trains due to airport late 2021. Any dates set yet? or are test trains now running on the full length of the line? It's great to see all the works across Metronet and I hope Melbourne can eventually catch up and have a revamped metro system and airport link over the decade (too late but we are trying)
  hack404 Station Master

4km of track now laid. Also, didn't realise that the escalators at the Airport station will be longer than those at Parliament station in Melbourne!


"Work is rapidly progressing on the preparation of the Forrestfield-Airport Link to run trains by late 2021. Tracklaying works have already put in place four kilometres of track through the twin tunnels.

The future stations for the line are also coming into shape, with the high eaves over Airport Central Station recently installed. Connecting the station atrium to the platform is the longest uninterrupted escalator in the southern hemisphere, with stretches to 35 metres long and 15 metres high." Full article
Hi from Victoria. As the article says, trains due to airport late 2021. Any dates set yet? or are test trains now running on the full length of the line? It's great to see all the works across Metronet and I hope Melbourne can eventually catch up and have a revamped metro system and airport link over the decade (too late but we are trying)
Tii
There are no firm public dates. If it does see trains this year, it will probably be Q4.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

An article on ABC TV News last night stated that the first half of next year is wen the line will open.  Just as well there is no huge passenger demand for the airport at the moment.

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