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Construction information

Construction will take place from July 2024 to October 2025.

The work will be completed before the CRL opens to avoid on-going disruption and take advantage of the current construction closures. 

We will co-ordinate construction with Link Alliance to minimise impacts on people and businesses.

Work in Pitt Street will allow traffic movements in both directions throughout construction. Mercury Lane will close to traffic during construction but will remain open to people on foot. The upper section of Mercury Lane will remain closed after the work is completed so that it can operate as a pedestrian priority space with vehicles access for adjacent properties only.

Download the construction staging plans (PDF 3.9MB). These plans and timeframes are preliminary and subject to change.

Information for businesses and residents

Throughout the construction, AT and its contractor will:

  • ensure the construction site, and surrounding area, remains tidy, safe, accessible, and easy to navigate
  • maintain a dialogue with affected businesses, residents and property owners on the progress and impacts of the construction and respond quickly to community feedback
  • work with Link Alliance and local businesses to stage the work so that it considers other work that is currently underway or work that is due to be started during the construction period
  • minimise, as much as possible, any disruption to normal services, such as rubbish removal and loading and servicing.

We’ve set up a Community Reference Group to keep the community informed about the project and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Join the Community Reference Group.

Karanga-a-Hape Small Business Support Programme 2024

The Auckland Council whānau have built on the existing Link Alliance Small Business Support Programme to expand support for businesses during construction.

This programme includes:

  • a free business connector service
  • microgrants of up to $3,000 per year
  • support for expanded outdoor dining.

For more information, including the grant application form, download the Karanga-a-hape Small Business Support Programme brochure (PDF 730KB).

Artists impression of the completed project. People crossing the road, walking down the street and biking along the bike lane.

Project background

Karangahape Road is one of Auckland’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative neighbourhoods where you can find an amazing mix of hospitality and independent retailers.  

When the City Rail Link (CRL) opens, it will be even easier for people to get to and from the Karangahape neighbourhood from south, east and west Auckland. We expect to see up to 40,000 people using the Karanga-a-Hape Station entrances in Beresford Square and Mercury Lane every day.

With these transport improvements in mind, we consulted with the Karangahape community and its many visitors on how the areas around the two Karanga-a-Hape Station entrances could be tied in with the already upgraded parts of Karangahape Road, and the wider neighbourhood. Read the project consultation.

We also conducted 3 design workshops with community representatives. Download the community engagement summary (PDF 4.6MB).

The resulting design makes travelling and spending time in the neighbourhood safe and reliable whether you are living and working there, spending time there, or travelling through.

The design will:

  • make it easier, safer, and more intuitive and welcoming for pedestrians to move through the neighbourhood, especially for people arriving and departing from the new Karanga-a-Hape Station entrances
  • make it easier for people arriving in the neighbourhood by bike to connect to existing cycling facilities
  • improve connections between buses and trains.

What are the changes?

Download the full design drawings (PDF 5.2MB).

Pedestrian spaces

We want to make it easier, safer and more welcoming for pedestrians to more around. To do this we are:

  • creating a new public space/pedestrian priority space on the upper section of Mercury Lane
  • installing crossings on Pitt Street, East Street and Canada Street to make it safer for people to cross these roads
  • widening footpaths to provide more space for the high volume of pedestrians expected when the station opens
  • adding lighting and CCTV surveillance to improve personal safety after dark on Mercury Lane and Cross Street
  • adding a public toilet on upper Mercury Lane on behalf of Auckland Council.

Link Alliance will also be making changes to Beresford Square. Find out more about the Karanga-a-Hape Streetscapes and Urban Realm Works.

Vehicle circulation

Due to the streetscape changes, vehicles will move around the area differently. These are permanent changes to the way vehicles will circulate. The vehicle circulation map outlines all the directions that motorists can travel around the area. 

The following changes have already been made:

  • a new right turn from Karangahape Road into Upper Queen Street
  • Cross Street has reverted to its original direction of travel, from east to west.


To make it easier for people travelling by bike to connect to existing cycling facilities, we are:

  • creating separated cycleways linking to existing cycling facilities on Pitt Street and Canada Street
  • removing some existing infrastructure associated with the temporary East Street cycleway
  • replacing the rubber cycle separators on East Street, south of South Street, with concrete separators.

Parking and loading

As there is limited space within the Karanga-a-Hape Station precinct’s roads, we’ve reconsidered the location of parking spaces and loading zones. We are:

  • adding mobility parking spaces on Cross Street and Beresford Square
  • creating pick-up and drop-off spaces on Canada Street, Cross Street and Beresford Square
  • reviewing and adding loading zones on East Street, Canada Street and Beresford Square
  • removing some on-street parking to accommodate loading zones, mobility parking, cycleways and bus lanes. 

Bus connections

The opening of the CRL and Karanga-a-Hape Station will transform the neighbourhood into a major transport hub, connecting buses and trains from many areas of Auckland. We are:

  • creating new bus lanes on Pitt Street between Karangahape Road and Vincent Street
  • adding bus stops outside the Beresford Square station entrance on the western side of Pitt Street.

This will allow bus services to provide quicker, more reliable journeys which makes them a more realistic transport option for many people. It will also create easier connections for transferring between bus and train.

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