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Track-laying underway in Freo rail-sink project

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Western Australian transport minister Troy Buswell says work on the Perth City Link project has entered a new phase, with track-laying now under way in the $360 million Fremantle Line tunnel. </span> <p>Perth City Link aims to connect Perth’s CBD with Northbridge, an inner-city suburb which, while falling under the city’s local government area, has been traditionally separated from the CBD by the Fremantle and Joondalup rail lines.</p><p>A key aspect of that project is the ‘sinking’ of the Fremantle line underground, allowing for a physical connection to occur between the two suburbs.</p><p>And with track-laying now underway in the 600m tunnel, Buswell says it won’t be long until the Fremantle line officially goes underground.</p><p>“The tracks that are being laid bring the 100&shyyear dream of reconnecting the CBD and Northbridge closer to reality,” Buswell said.</p><p>“Perth City Link will fundamentally change the face of Perth and the way we use our city by sinking the rail, creating new connections between the CBD and Northbridge and bringing a vibrant new heart to the city centre.”</p><p>The track laying is expected to be completed in the coming months and is expected to carry the first passenger train through the tunnel by late July.</p><p>The project to sink the rail line was jointly-funded by the state and federal governments and the City of Perth.</p>