Perth Airport’s new access road, Airport Drive, provides a primary access point for passenger traffic into what will eventually become Airport Central (Perth Airport’s vision for a consolidated precinct).
The 1.6 km dual carriageway road connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 to the new free-flowing Tonkin/Leach Highway interchange constructed as part of the Gateway WA project. It also provides direct access to both long term and short term car parks.
Airport Drive will minimise the interaction between terminal related traffic and heavy vehicles generated by the commercial/ light industrial land uses and deliver a more efficient travel experience for passengers and visitors to Perth Airport.
Airport Drive is forecast to carry approximately 140,000 vehicles per day. In response to this Arup designed the road to initially comprise four lanes, but with the capacity to expand to six lanes in the future.
Arup provided a range of services from planning, to design and contractor selection. Disciplines included transport planning, civil and geotechnical engineering, and lighting and ITS design.
The AUD $28.5 million Airport Drive Project was part of Perth Airport’s extensive $1 billion redevelopment program and it was opened several months ahead of schedule.