The circa NZ$3.1 billion City Rail Link (CRL) project involves the construction of a new 3.4 kilometre double-track rail tunnel underneath Auckland's city centre, extending the city's passenger rail system past through the Britomart Transport Centre in the CBD and connecting to the existing regional rail network at Mt Eden in the city's inner south.
The line will also see new stations constructed near Aotea Square and Karangahape Road, and a redeveloped station at Mount Eden. At its March 2016 meeting, the Auckland Transport (AT) Board approved the aggregation of the remaining CRL construction components into 4 main packages, which have been structured as a complementary and integrated set:
Britomart East (<$100 million)
Stations and Tunnels
Rail and Tunnel (Linewide) Systems and Integration
Western Line at Mt Eden Station
The project is being co-funded on a 50-50 basis by Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government.
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
Auckland Council, New Zealand Government
Form of project announcement
Auckland will grow by more than 700,000 people in the next 30 years and the CRL, coupled with bus improvements, is the only way to keep the city moving.
Current public transport will be unable to cater for this growth, hindering economic development. The CRL will provide opportunities for development, particularly around the stations.
The CRL is key to delivering the Auckland Plan, the City Centre Master Plan, the Long Term Plan and the Integrated Transport Programme.
Indicative timetable of project development
June 2016 - 2024
Details For Next Step Of Project
The Government and Auckland Council are working together to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle for the delivery of the City Rail Link and a detailed Sponsors Agreement, which will give effect to the Government’s and Council’s commitments to the project. Press release announcing the Government's commitment to the project: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/government-confirms-city-rail-link-funding In the meantime, Auckland Council is proceeding with the procurement for the early works and these commenced in late 2016.
Estimated Time To Start Of Procurement
Other Key Project timeline events
Sponsors Agreement between Government and Auckland Council - early 2017
Establishment of the Special Purpose Vehicle for the delivery of the City Rail Link - early to mid 2017