THE State Government will sign off soon on the route for a train line to Perth Airport.
The track could go underground, directly beneath the airport’s runways.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell told Community Newspaper Group that the Government would formally endorse a train route, in order for ‘the corridor’ to be reserved within the Metropolitan Region Scheme.
Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches confirmed that Perth Airport was incorporating engineering in its redevelopment design plan, which would allow for a train line to the airport.
He said while there were no firm plans yet, it was important not to preclude rail transport to the airport.
“So the design we are doing now is to make sure that options always remain open,” he said.
Mr Geatches said the preferred line to the airport would be the nearby Midland line and he expected it to go across the river, up Tonkin Highway and then along Brearley Avenue.
“Then it will be in a trench and will go underground, and it’ll cut across underneath the runways into the precinct,” he said.
“So we’d have to do our engineering now, so we can put this stuff under it, or it could never happen. They are designing for it.”
He said he expected any train line to the airport to continue out to a station in High Wycombe.
Mr Buswell reiterated comments previously made, saying he would like to see an extension of the rail line to a commuter station beyond the airport to service residents of Kalamunda and surrounding areas.
He said while the construction of the line itself would be some time off, it was important the route was finalised soon.
A rail link to the airport was identified last year in the draft 2031 Public Transport Plan as a Stage 2 project, which would take place after 2020.
Shire of Kalamunda president Don McKechnie said the Shire had been “battling hard” for the past three years to establish a railway line to Kalamunda.
“We have been in contact with both political parties and have been told it will be a priority in the upcoming election,” he said.
The plan identified an eastern suburbs line linking to the Midland line at Bayswater.