Environmental and heritage considerations are a key priority for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, and as such detailed planning has been conducted to ensure that areas of significant environmental value are identified, managed and reported on. As the line will be located almost entirely underground, the impact to the environment will be minimal, both during construction and once the line becomes operational. For example, other large-scale rail or infrastructure projects often require major clearing to take place before lines are constructed. Clearing for this project will be minor and limited to areas where the impact is least likely — for example in road reserves.
The project team recognises that the community will often have a connection to the local environment and may value areas that are registered as having particular significance. Environmental Management Plans will be prepared to ensure appropriate management measures and controls are implemented and monitored during construction.As planning continues, measures will be incorporated that reduce the impact to such areas.
To find out more about the project's environmental considerations, view the Environment and Heritage fact sheet.