The Western Australian government has awarded the contract to design, construct and maintain the Forrestfield-Airport Link.
Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, said the $1.176 billion contract would deliver rail to Perth’s eastern foothills.
"SINRW are contracted to build the eight kilometres of rail tunnels and three stations for the Forrestfield Line, as well as maintenance of the tunnel and civil structures for 10 years after completion," Barnett said.
"This is a huge milestone on the path to delivering this project, which will change the face of Perth's eastern corridor and give people direct access to the airport by public transport.”
Italian company Salini Impregilo and local company NRW Pty Ltd (SINRW) have been selected to construct the project.
Minister for Transport, Dean Nalder, said nearly $370 million of early works are currently underway.
"Various forward works have been underway at Forrestfield since November 2015 and I expect the joint venture to mobilise on site in the coming months. The project's direct employment is expected to peak at about 600 workers," Nalder said.
Early works for the project include geotechnical work, contract management and land purchases.
The rail line is due to open in 2020.
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