Work on the Perth City Link has officially begun with one of the first stages to reconnect the city centre with Northbridge.
The $360 million rail, that will be complete in 2014, is the main part of the entire Perth City Link vision.
The minister for state development Colin Barnett said that this would fundamentally change the face of Perth, and would reconnect the CBD with the area for the first time in a century.
“This project is expected to attract more than $3 billion of private investment into our State and play a vital role in establishing Perth’s reputation as a world-class city,” he said.
“This project is set to make Perth a more vibrant place to live and easier to live in by removing the railway line that has acted as a barrier cutting the CBD off from Northbridge.
“In addition to new entertainment, cultural and lifestyle choices for the WA community, Perth City Link will also help meet a shortage of inner-city residential, commercial and visitor accommodation necessary to support the State’s long-term economic growth,” he said.
There will be a number of upgrades to Perth Station and changes to improve amenity for 44,000 stations.