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Question Without Notice No. 823 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 October 2021 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

FORRESTFIELD–AIRPORT LINK — PROJECT COSTS

823. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the Forrestfield–Airport Link project.

(1) What was the original total cost and project time line from commencement to completion of the project at the time that the first contracts were signed?

(2) What works of the project have been initiated and completed to date?

(3) What changes of scope have been applied to the project since the McGowan government was elected to power in March 2017; and, what is the proposed cost of each of those changes in scope?

(4) Have there been any cost over-runs on the original scope of work during construction of the project; and, if yes, what are these?

(5) What is the current expected total cost and project time line from commencement to completion of the project?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The original total cost was $1.96 billion.

(2) As per the ministerial media statement of 7 July 2021, track laying is complete with all three stations in the fit-out stage.

(3) Works essential to the project, but not adequately planned for by the former government, include turnback facilities at Claremont station and Bayswater station and a multistorey car park at High Wycombe station. These works have not been impacted the overall project budget.

(4) No.

(5) The estimated total cost of $1.861 billion is available on page 629 of the 2021–22 state budget paper No 2, volume 2. As per the ministerial media statement of 7 July 2021, the line is expected to become operational in the first half of 2022.