Perth City Link, formerly known as the Northbridge Link, is a collaborative project funded by three tiers of Government and led by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) and the Public Transport Authority (PTA).
The PTA’s $569million transport infrastructure work at and around Perth Station was the catalyst to bring Perth City Link's vision to life. The transport project was delivered in two stages: Rail (2011-2013) and Bus (2014-2016).
Sinking the Fremantle rail line was completed in 2013 and was the catalyst to reconnect the CBD and Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. The second stage, which was building a new underground bus station, saw the realisation of this vision and the completion of the transport component of the Perth City Link project.
Perth Busport replaces the ageing Wellington Street Bus Station with an Australian-first dynamic stand-allocation underground bus station. Funded by the State Government and the City of Perth, the City Busport Alliance (the PTA, Brookfield Multiplex and BG&E) delivered the project in July 2016.
The $360 million rail project, completed in 2013, was the first stage of the Perth City Link. The scope of works included:
- Sinking the Fremantle Line between William Street and Lake/King Street to create almost 600m of a new covered section of the Fremantle Line.
- Upgrading Perth Station with new tiling, lighting and services and converting Platform 9 to an island Platform 8/9.
- Creating a new tunnel under the northern end of the Barrack Street Bridge to service the new Platform 9.
- Extending the existing Joondalup line tunnel roof from Lake to Milligan Streets to be in line with the new Fremantle Line tunnel.
- Creating a new pedestrian underpass connecting Perth Underground Station to all the platforms at Perth Station.