Air travelers and train enthusiasts have flocked to the historic first full day of operations at Perth’s new Central Airport train station.
After the fanfare of Premier Anthony Albanese and Premier Mark McGowan officially opening the $1.86 billion Metronet rail line on Sunday, a slow but steady stream of people made their way through the station, which links the airport to Perth’s public transport system.
However, the bulk of them were not travelers heading to the airport, but instead enthusiasts were eagerly getting their first glimpse of Perth’s three newest railway stations – Central Airport, Redcliff and High Wycombe.
“There’s a lot of tension, I think, especially out here where we haven’t really had our own line,” Kalamunda’s Anthony Barham told The West Australian on board the train from High Wycombe.
“Train direct to airport, Perth is starting to catch up with the world.”
The majority of arrivals at the three new stations were without flight baggage and were seen photographing the inside of Airport Central before waiting for the next train service back towards Perth’s CBD.
Some parents even used the new stations as a form of entertainment on the last day of the school holidays.
The new 8.5 kilometer rail line – which runs under the Swan River and Perth Airport – was originally due for completion in 2020, but was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Morley’s Christine Murphy was one of the first air passengers to take advantage of the new direct train service to the airport on Monday.
Mrs Murphy had a long awaited holiday booked to Bali.
“I would normally catch an Uber but with all the roadworks around I thought why risk it,” Ms Murphy said. “So I thought I’d try (the new rail line) as the first day.” And the station looks really amazing.
Before catching a flight to Sydney, Argentine Silvina Taboada said she had noticed the excitement among West Australians about Perth getting its first airport rail link.
Ms Taboada worked as a fly-in, fly-out employee in WA’s lucrative resources sector for three months while in WA and that Perth had been “behind” other global cities in not having a direct train link to its international airport.