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Construction has begun on an infrastructure project the state government hopes will encourage more public transport to and from Perth Airport.
Skybridge is an elevated walkway with travelators and lifts for passengers using the airport's new train station being built near Terminal 1.
Construction has begun on Skybridge, which connects Terminal 1 at Perth Airport to Airport Central Station as part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project.
The enclosed 280-metre space is part of the Forrestfield-Airport Link project and should be ready once the Forrestfield line opens in late 2020.
Construction of the airport station is advanced, while work on the elevator pit and elevated walkway near the main skybridge entrance has begun.
The new bridge will give passengers a sheltered scenic walk from the main terminal car park straight to T1 and also T2 and provide views of the new terminal precinct for airport visitors.
The skybridge, future train station and upgrades to major road networks are part of the $2 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link and Perth Airport's redevelopment.
The major infrastructure project has faced several setbacks, including tunnelling stoppages from reported ground movement and sink holes.
In September, a leak developed in a cross-passage between the Forrestfield Airport link tunnels, which eventually formed a sinkhole and partially destroyed a section of Dundas Road about 200 metres north of the Forrestfield station site.
This led to links being made between an incident in October at Jayde Transport, a kilometre south of the start of the airport link, when a forklift carrying a shipping container fell into a soakwell and tipped over, which the Public Transport Authority labelled "ridiculous".
In August, Worksafe inspectors visited the project site after a pipe connector providing fresh air to the tunnel failed.
There was a serious incident on the project in July when a 26-year-old New Zealander was left in a critical condition and required emergency surgery after being struck by a flailing hose.
Skybridge stretches 280m and will help public transport commuters to the airport.
The CFMEU said at the time that project workers had been told not to talk to the union after the accident and those who had previously raised concerns about safety had faced "draconian treatment".
Tunelling began at Forrestfield in October 2017 but was paused for two months from late February because of ground disturbance issues, sparking a political stoush when it emerged Transport Minister Rita Saffioti spruiked the progress of the project even though she knew one of the machines had been switched off.
This article first appeared on www.watoday.com.au
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