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Question Without Notice No. 192 asked in the Legislative Council on 12 March 2020 by Hon Simon O’Brien

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 12 March 2020

FORRESTFIELD–AIRPORT LINK — OPERATION

192. Hon SIMON O'BRIEN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the Forrestfield–Airport Link project.

(1) When will construction be complete?

(2) What month and year will train services be operational?

(3) What is the current estimated total cost of this project?

(4) Can the minister confirm her comments in the media on 18 December 2018 that ''there is no change to the project budget'' have proved to be accurate; and, if not, what budget adjustment has proved necessary?

(5) What will be the operating subsidy for the financial years 2020–21, 2021–22 and 2022–23?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for the question. The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Transport.

(1)–(2) As per the relevant media statements, the Forrestfield–Airport Link will open in the second half of 2021.

(3) The current estimated project cost is the approved budget of $1.861 billion.

(4) As announced on 18 December 2018, the budget remains unchanged.

(5) Transperth services are subsidised by about 70 per cent and it is expected the Forrestfield–Airport Link will be broadly similar to the rest of our rail network.