Auckland Transport continues to play its role in helping the economy recover, with new local employment opportunities following confirmation of the Puhinui Station Interchange main works contract.
McConnell Dowell and the Built Environs joint venture has been awarded the contract to complete the project, which follows on from their early works contract for a total construction award value of $46.6 million.
Although Covid-19 has pushed the completion date out to the second quarter of 2021, the project is still progressing quickly, with a number of key milestones reached in the past few months including the installation of foundations, columns and lift shafts for the station.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “With the rapid growth of the employment precinct around the airport and Auckland’s role, when international borders reopen, as a gateway to New Zealand, traffic congestion is a serious problem in the Puhinui area.
“The Puhinui Station Interchange will guarantee reliable and convenient connections for bus and train commuters and help ease congestion.
“The project will also provide jobs and stimulate the economy to bring forward recovery from the recession caused by COVID-19,” Phil Goff says.
The next key milestones will be the installation of the concourse bridge deck, stairs and the steel superstructure over the coming months.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford says it’s good that momentum and jobs on this project will be retained.
“Building infrastructure like the Puhinui Interchange is crucial to create jobs and help our economy recover from the pandemic. When the upgrades to SH20B/Puhinui Road and the Interchange are complete, any Aucklander with access to the rail network will have a fast and convenient 10-minute bus connection to the airport.”
McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and Pacific Islands, Fraser Wyllie also welcomes the contract.
“Given the importance to stimulate New Zealand’s economy following COVID-19, I’m pleased that the Puhinui Station Interchange project will continue to contribute to New Zealand’s financial recovery and provide sustainable employment opportunities in the community.”
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli says it’s good news there has been minimal construction delays.
“Given the challenging times we’re currently in, it’s fantastic to know the Puhinui Station Interchange is progressing and the next phase of construction will create even more new job opportunities for locals, which is so important right now.”
The Puhinui Station Interchange is being delivered in stages, with the current stage an early improvement within the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project. This project is led by Auckland Transport, and forms part of the wider Southwest Gateway programme.
The Southwest Gateway programme involves Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport working together to deliver transport projects that will improve access to the airport and its surrounding area to benefit workers, travellers, tourists and freight movements.
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