SPOTLIGHT ON RAIL
As the 2020/21 financial year ends and we write our update, the last of the track slabs are being laid on the much-anticipated Forrestfield Airport Link. This keystone project on the Metronet program is heading into completion of testing and commissioning period with a big push to hit their reviewed target for December 2021. Other projects ending in the coming months include the Freight facility at Kenwick and the Claremont Station, making room for the start of the PTA’s 10-year program to update their Signalling systems to high capacity.
With the Engineering hubs still full steam ahead on the Morley, Ellenbrook and the Swan River Crossing, we eagerly await the tender awarding in the next month for the Midland Station and the LXR.
With all this work we have a shortage of the technical skills required to deliver these projects. Expertise within track, bridge design, and OLE are the main pressure points but with HCS gearing up, we expect the same issue with Signalling this coming year.
SPOTLIGHT ON ROADS
Another hot area in the WA market is Roads - Critical infrastructure and road/highways projects currently in the stages of design and delivery. Major improvements, new bypasses, and technology upgrade projects in the Metropolitan region and also regional development is a focal point for the WA state government.