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Reconnecting Perth.

Perth City Link Rail Project

Perth City Link is one of the city’s greatest projects. The large area of railway lines and sidings had separated Perth city from the inner suburb of Northbridge, creating a “great divide”. The rail line reconnects the CBD with Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years.

The aim of Perth City Link was to sink the railway lines and use the newly-released land, attracting more than $3 billion in private investment, 1,650 new apartments for 3,000 new residents and accommodate over 13,000 workers in 244,000sqm of new commercial and retail space, nightlife and renewed transport infrastructure.

The $360m rail project included sinking a 600-metre section of the Fremantle rail line to reconnect the CBD with Northbridge. It also included a new pedestrian underpass connecting Perth Underground Station to the platforms at Perth Station, and major upgrades to Perth Station.  

Sinking part of the railway created 13.5 hectares of space.

  • Customer
    Public Transport Authority
  • Location
    Perth, Western Australia
  • Specialisation
    Design & construction
  • Start
    March 2011
  • End
    December 2013
The project was successfully delivered six months ahead of schedule and on budget.


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