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2017 updates

9 May

The City Rail Link has won the Sustainability Project of the Year at the EY New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards.

AT’s Procurement Manager for Infrastructure, Dave Colquhoun, was a finalist in the Procurement Professional of the Year award.

Read the media release: AT recognised at procurement excellence awards.

27 April

Tomorrow at 1pm, CRL Communications Manager, Carol Greensmith, will be answering your questions about the CRL on the CRL Facebook page.

26 April

From next month until 2019, the area of public space on Lower Queen Street in front of Britomart will become a CRL construction zone. 

Read the media release: Lower Queen St lawn makes way for CRL progress.

24 April

Three companies have been shortlisted to tender for linewide systems integration, testing, and commissioning for the CRL. 

There were 8 international expressions of interest for the work. 

Read the media release: Three companies approved for linewide CRL systems tender

5 April

There has been strong international interest in the contract to build the CRL tunnels and stations.

Ten companies from Europe, China, Australia, and NZ have participated in the pre-qualification phase and 8 have been approved to move to the next phase, which is the expression of interest.

Read the media release: Strong international interest in City Rail Link construction.

3 April

At its peak, construction of the CRL will require about 1600 people to deliver the project. This could offer opportunities to hundreds of workers who are new to the workforce or not currently employed.

Read the media release: CRL project opens up huge employment opportunities.

23 March

CRL recognised with ISCA award

The CRL project has been recognised for a “world first” - embedding cultural values into its sustainability approach.

Read the media release: CRL project given another top sustainability award.

17 March

Concept plan shows potential of Albert Street

We have released a new concept plan that shows the potential of a reinstated Albert Street once the CRL’s underground tunnels and stations are completed.

The preliminary designs show Albert Street with an improved pedestrian environment, with broad footpaths, improved footpath (and road) surfaces, better bus stop facilities and attractive street furniture.

The design also provides for a reliable frequent bus service along the route, with dedicated bus lanes down both side.

Deck construction works underway at Albert/Customs intersection

Work has begun on a concrete deck to support the numerous underground utility services running across the intersection of Albert & Customs Streets.

The deck will allow traffic to flow overhead while CRL tunnels are safely excavated underneath. It is being cast in 4 sections and should be complete in just over 6 months.

Other progress

  • Good progress is being made on piling and capping beam works on Albert Street ahead of the cut-and-cover tunnel works that are expected to start at the end of April.
  • The dismantling of Britomart Station’s Chief Post Office (CPO) interior is progressing well, with contractors now removing the floor and redundant staircases.

Read more in the latest CRL Connection newsletter (PDF 505KB)

23 February

One of the large boring machines involved in the CRL construction is about to begin the next stage of excavating and installing a new stormwater pipe under Albert Street.

Read the media release: CRL tunnelling machine lines up its next task.

2 February

The largest component of the CRL project – the construction of the tunnels and new stations - has taken a major step forward with the first tender documents being sent to the construction industry.  

Read the media release: Largest City Rail Link tender process starts.

24 January

The City Rail Link has achieved a new milestone with the breakthrough of the first section of the pipe jack shaft.

'Valerie, " the 2m-wide tunnel boring machine simultaneously excavating and installing a new stormwater pipe under Albert Street will finish the first leg of its journey in a few days and will be moved to Victoria Street to tunnel 200m to Wellesley Street.


19 January

The CRL has reached a major milestone with the first city to Mt Eden contract documents being sent to the industry. 

Read the media release: Next City Rail Link milestone achieved.

12 January

Britomart train station new entrance on Commerce Street

From first thing Tuesday 17 January 2017, train passengers will find the Queen Street entrances for the Britomart Station closed and a new entrance open around the corner in Commerce Street.

The Queen Street entrances will remain closed for the next 3 years while the City Rail Link (CRL) tunnels are constructed.

The ticket and top-up machines, the ticket office, toilets and customer service centre have been moved to the new entrance.

Access to the station is also available from Tyler Street, Galway Street, and the Takutai Square (eastern entrance).

All trains and timetables will run as usual as the station remains operational throughout the construction work, which is being done by a Downer Soletanche Bachy joint venture.

Find out more about Britomart Station.

9 January

New Commerce Street entrance to Britomart

britomart commerce st entrance

The new temporary entrance to Britomart - located off Commerce Street at the rear of the station - was blessed by iwi on Friday, 6 January, ahead of a transitional opening to the public this week.

The Queen Street entrance will be closing early next week to allow for construction of CRL tunnelling works under the Chief Post Office over the next few years.

2016 updates

12 December

After 12 months, City Rail Link construction is on target and the city centre continues to grow.

Read the media release: City Rail Link one year on.

Digging below Albert Street

Working behind the CRL hoardings at the corners of Victoria and Wellesley Streets, workers are preparing the way for tunnelling equipment that will lay a new stormwater pipe below Albert Street, part of the necessary pre-rail tunnel work. It’s a long way down behind the hoardings and keeping people safe is a key focus of the job.

CRL tunnel Albert Street

With shafts up to 18m deep, fresh air is pushed to the bottom and there is air-quality detection at the intake to ensure that the shaft is not drawing in carbon monoxide and other gases which would harm the workers. There are also air-quality detection devices at the bottom of the shafts to test air quality at the workface. 

Each worker is trained in working in confined spaces and working at height and they each carry equipment, which provides them 20-minutes air supply should an emergency arise. The workers have harnesses which they hook to the ladders and, should they slip, the system has automatic brakes so they don’t fall.

CRL tunnel Albert Street 2

29 November

CRL Information kiosk

The CRL Information kiosk at Britomart which also provides information about the changes happening to the Chief Post Office building entrances over Christmas is now open. It is next to the Customer Service Centre.

21 November

Changes coming for Britomart station users

Downtown train users returning from their Christmas break will find the current Chief Post Office building closed and new entrances created for Britomart station. The building is closing for strengthening works prior to the construction of the CRL tunnels.

To catch a train at Britomart, passengers will need to use a new entrance in Commerce Street, behind Queen Street. Access will be available from Tyler Street, Galway Street and the Takutai Square (eastern entrance).

The new temporary entrance will operate for the next 3 years. The ticket and top up machines, the ticket office, and customer service centre will be moved to the new entrance. There will be new toilets as the present ones at the Chief Post Office building will close.

The big escalators from the platform to the mezzanine level will be available but the smaller escalators from the mezzanine to ground level will close. Two new sets of stairs will be available between the mezzanine and ground level. For those who can’t use the stairs, the lift access from ground level to platform level will continue to operate. The escalators at the Takutai Square end of the platforms will remain.

All trains and timetables will run as usual.

Video: Time-lapse of the Britomart station entrance works.

11 November

Piling work starting on Albert Street

Gomer, the 9-storey-high piling rig (affectionately named after comical 1960s TV character, Gomer Pyle), has made good progress at the Albert and Customs Street intersection and is now starting his way up Albert Street.

Due to the busy central city location of the works, the worksite is complex. Gomer’s 11m x 5.5m footprint means he takes up most of the width of the road when he turns around! With Fletcher Building’s demolition of the old Downtown Shopping Centre, Custom Street’s capacity has been squeezed for buses and all other traffic.

However, Gomer has already dug more than 17 piles of up to 20 metres in depth, which have been filled with reinforcing cages and concrete, and he will have completed 362 piles in total when he reaches his final destination, 20m past Wynyard Street.

Gomer’s good progress means we are on track to start digging the 350-metre cut and cover tunnels up Albert Street in the first quarter of 2017.

Video: Time-lapse of the Albert Street works.

Work at Britomart station to install canopies and set up a new public entrance is progressing well. 

Read more in the latest CRL Connection newsletter (PDF 605KB)

17 October

The City Rail Link (CRL) has been awarded a ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Design rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the highest possible achievement.

The rating was awarded for the design and construction planning (with Connectus) – Albert Street tunnels and stormwater diversion. In addition, CRL’s engagement and partnering with Mana Whenua to embed cultural values into an industry recognised sustainability framework has been acknowledged as a ‘world first’ innovation.

The CRL package achieved a rating score of 78.7, well above the 50 points required to gain an ‘Excellent’ rating.

Read more in the latest CRL Connection newsletter (PDF 536KB)

14 September

Central Government and Auckland Council have signed an agreement on funding for the CRL.

The agreement between the 2 parties includes a 50/50 funding arrangement and the establishment of a company to oversee delivery of the project.

Auckland's Mayor, Len Brown, described today’s signing as an unprecedented and historic milestone.

Read the media release: Historic agreement on CRL funding.

5 September

Current work in Britomart Station area

Ground level - rear station plaza (Galway, Tyler, Commerce St):

  • Installation of plywood hoardings, which will be skinned, and temporary fencing removed.
  • Preparation works for the temporary building foundations and underground service work is underway.
  • Works to remove the SE and NE corner louvres of the Glasshouse has started.
  • There will be some upcoming public access restrictions to the bridge while the crane is operating. These will occur only during off peak hours
  • New CRL information kiosk will open next month.

Platform level:

  • The removal and temporary relocation of the Michael Parakowhai steel tree sculptures continues.
  • Hoarding skins have now been installed that tell the story of the sculptures and what is planned for them.

Nine-storey piling giant comes to town

One of the world’s biggest piling machines has landed in Auckland and will be moved in to position in lower Albert St this month.

The Soilmec SR 100 has been shipped to NZ from Italy and will be used to drill tunnel piles to about 20 metres deep, starting mid October.

When fully unfurled with attachments, the Soilmec SR 100 will be 5.5m wide and 11 metres long. The mast is about 29 metres high (9 storeys high).

Get more details in the latest CRL project update newsletter (PDF 1.27MB)

1 September

From Monday September 5, traffic on Customs Street approaching the Albert Street intersection will be reduced to one lane each way to
allow for City Rail Link construction. 

Consider using Sturdee and Quay Streets or take public transport.

Find out more about city centre transport changes.

15 August

Current work in Britomart Station area

Galway, Tyler, Commerce & Lower Queen Streets:

  • Borehole investigations in the street, work areas coned off, and pedestrian and cyclist access maintained.

Tyler, Galway and Commerce Streets:

  • Bus shelters now removed.
  • New pedestrian crossing on Tyler St (please use footpath not the road).
  • Commerce St footpath levelled for mobility access.

Britomart Station - ground level:

  • Removal of station plaza paving, kerb, and street furniture continuing.
  • Mesh fencing replaced with plywood hoarding on Tyler, Galway, and Commerce Streets.

Britomart Station - B2 level:

  • Hoarding erected on both northern and southern sides of station.
  • Scaffolding continues on southern side behind hoardings.
  • Michael Parekowhai’s trees sculpture removed.

CRL Information Kiosk

Our public information kiosk will shortly be set up in what was the KiwiRail kiosk on the ground floor of Britomart Station, adjacent to the Galway Street exit. The kiosk will feature a LED screen playing project videos, posters of CRL stations and new public realm, and information on the area’s history.

Get more details in the latest CRL project update newsletter (PDF 564KB)

1 August

Read the latest CRL project update newsletter (PDF 1MB)

22 July

New temporary entrances are being built at the Britomart Transport Centre for train passengers during construction of the CRL.

Construction on the temporary entrance to Britomart

Construction on the temporary entrance to Britomart

Read the media release: City Rail Link work to start at Britomart.

Find out more about the changes at Britomart.

17 June

Minnie Street Community Day

CRL will be at the Minnie Street Community Day in Mt Eden on 25 June to join the festivities and answer your questions about the project.

Join us at this free, family-friendly community event between 12 noon to 3pm. The Minnie Street Community Day is a chance for locals and community groups to hear about the future of the area and how they can get involved.

Check out the Minnie Street Community Day event listing on Facebook for full details.

13 June

CRL ground breaking video online

If you'd like to re-live the historic CRL ground breaking ceremony, check out this full-length video. Featuring speeches from dignitaries and dance performances, this 34 minute video captures it all.

8 June

CRL ground breaking highlights video

The highlights video from the City Rail Link ground breaking ceremony is now online.

Check it out below, and take a look at our other CRL videos on YouTube.

7 June

Ground breaking ceremony pictures

Take a look at some of the pictures from the CRL ground breaking ceremony on 2 June.

You can also watch a recording of the event's live-stream below, and keep an eye out for more video content from the ceremony.

(Click images for a larger version.)

The Waitakere College kapa haka group perform a waiata.

Crl Ground-Breaking Waiata

Event MC, Alyssa Wheeler (Head Girl, Waitakere College) welcomes guests to the ceremony.

Crl Ground-Breaking MC

Dancers of all ages groove to the music.

Crl Ground-Breaking Dancers

Pushing the plunger.

Crl Ground-Breaking Plunger

(L-R: Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy, Mayor Len Brown, Prime Minister John Key, Transport Minister Simon Bridges.)

The event goes off with a bang.

Crl Ground Breaking Explosion

3 June

Watch the ground breaking ceremony

On Thursday 2 June Mayor Len Brown, Auckland Transport chairman Dr Lester Levy, Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Transport Simon Bridges officially marked the start of the construction for the City Rail Link.

Watch the recording of our live-stream - and check out our YouTube channel for more CRL videos.

Official proceedings start at the 48 minute mark in the video below.

19 May

New station designs showcased

The latest CRL station and public realm concepts are being showcased on Lower Queen Street’s western side for the next month.

They will provide an attractive backdrop to the street’s activation programme, which is starting gradually and expected to build to a peak by early summer.

Over the next few weeks we are gradually ‘dressing’ the street with flexible infrastructure – in the transition from construction to our activation programme.

Britomart Station and lower Queen Street public space redeveloped – concept image by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Boffa Miskell

Britomart Station and lower Queen Street public space redeveloped – concept image by  Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Boffa Miskell

Recording the CRL for posterity

Most large infrastructure projects are digitally recorded for future generations, and the CRL is no exception.

We have engaged a company to produce time-lapse photography of the construction, and will later produce a series of videos. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see its journey recorded.

Image of Victoria Street West pipejack works by Big Fish

Image of Victoria Street West pipejack works by Big Fish

Barnes Dance at Customs and Albert Street intersection

AT has changed the traffic crossing to a Barnes Dance at the Customs and Albert Street intersection.

This allows pedestrians to cross diagonally, creating safer pedestrian movement and more efficient crossing times, which also improves traffic flows. 

Barnes Dance at the Customs and Albert Street intersection

Barnes Dance at the Customs and Albert Street intersection

11 April

CRL story goes up on Victoria Street West

Crl Victoria St Hoarding

After months of preparation work for the pipe-jack shafts, the hoarding enclosing the first shaft on Victoria Street West (Mai Thai corner) will be completed in early April. The colourful hoardings are our first large-scale opportunity to tell the CRL story and will show the latest designs for the new stations and the role the CRL will play in creating an integrated public transport system for the entire city.

The next pipe-jack hoardings will be on Victoria Street West (Surf and Snow corner) followed by those on Wellesley Street West.

Lower Queen Street activation

Lower Queen Street becomes the city’s newest activation space this month after buses are relocated on 17 April. It will be transformed into a flexible, multi-use space, kept active with an exciting programme of events and presentations for everyone. Anything is possible, from big events to small community projects. This is a great way to celebrate Auckland’s transformation and the role the CRL will play. We hope to see you there.

Auckland traffic flows

The CRL is just one of a number of CBD construction projects whose complexity requires an extra focus on traffic flows. Auckland Transport Operations (ATOC) has established a 7am to 7pm control team to maintain optimum traffic flows.

To keep the city moving while the CRL is constructed, AT has also:

  • Created 38,561 more weekday bus, rail and ferry seats since March 2015.
  • Installed 24/7 bus lanes on Victoria Street West, Albert, Wellesley Streets and Mayoral Drive, with more to come on Queen, Customs and Hobson Streets.
  • Launched the Build is ON campaign encouraging CBD peak hour commuters to shift from vehicles to public transport, carpooling, walking or cycling.
  • Shifted bus stops in the city centre. Find out more about the changes.

Underpass entry from Britomart Station21 March

QEII Square pedestrian underpass closure

From Tuesday, 29 March 2016 the pedestrian underpass between Britomart Station and Queen Elizabeth II Square will be closed.

We are closing the underpass to prepare for the CRL early works. 

Image: Underpass entry from Britomart Station.

8 March

Visit the AT Metro Lounge, 17 – 19 March 2016

AT Metro LoungeThe early works will become more visible in May when the cut and cover trenching for the CRL tunnels start on Albert Street. 

To find out more, come and visit the AT Metro Lounge by No1 Café in Queen Elizabeth Square from 10am to 4pm, Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th of March 2016.

The project team, including the contractor staff delivering the construction work will be on hand to answer all your CRL early works questions.

9 February

Early works reveal Auckland’s past

Old Tramline Revealed On Victoria StWhile most of Auckland was on holiday enjoying summer, the CRL team were busy locating and shifting services in preparation for the pipejack shafts going in on Swanson and Victoria Streets.

Working through layers of power and telecommunications services, they came across an unexpected piece of Auckland’s transport history: a section of the city’s old tramway network in Victoria St West that connected back to Customs St.

Image: Auckland’s old tramway network revealed in Victoria St West.

“These services are always very dense at the corners of intersections where most are located, so you can never be certain what you’ll find underground,” says Mark Anderson, utilities engineer with the Connectus Consortium, undertaking the work.

“Even though we used ground penetrating radar and searched hrough the city’s service records, we didn’t expect to uncover the old tramway network.”

Auckland’s electric trams ran from 1902 to 1956, when they were replaced by trolley buses. Running from downtown at the Waitemata Harbour and across to Onehunga on the Manukau Harbour, they were then the world’s only ‘coast to coast’ tramway system.

The tramway section’s discovery on Victoria St West meant an additional 2 weeks work, with the pipejack shaft hoardings now being installed late February.

Shifting the services is made more complex by the need to ensure 900mm ground between the services and the roof of the future Aotea Station, which will be just 1200mm from the surface.

“It’s a very thin layer in which to fit everything,” says Anderson.

The trenching needed at Swanson and Victoria Streets’ intersections with Albert St was completed during the Christmas holiday period when traffic was quiet. Noise protection reduced the decibel level by 10 to 15 per cent and noise monitoring will continue until work is finished.

Now that people are returning to work, congestion is increasing on Victoria St West, where the next step is to widen the traffic carriageway on the south-side to accommodate a traffic lane in each direction.

Find out more about the pipejack work.

Traffic delays ahead, make a travel plan

The Build is On campaign starts in February with extensive advertising in newspapers and radio, Google videos and a travel planning website.

For motorists coming into the city, there’ll be road works, fewer on-street car parks and traffic flows will be slower. Now is the time to think smart about how to travel into the city.

Consider carpooling, catching the bus, train or ferry, walking or cycling. You could even think about changing the hours you work, or work from home some days.

AT has reconfigured bus routes and created new bus lanes, with more changes happening from April 17th when buses are moved out of Lower Queen Street in preparation for the CRL early works.

AT has made 15 car park spaces available to carpoolers on Level 8 of the Downtown Carpark. These spaces can be leased from AT for 10% less than a regular car park space if three or more people share the car (1 driver plus 2 passengers carpool) to the CBD.

Get more information about how to lease a carpool space.

Connectus Consortium

Bob Mawdsley, engineering manager with the Connectus Consortium delivering Contract 2 of the City Rail Link, has a strong connection to the city’s rail network. Roll back the clock 15 years and he was managing the engineering on Britomart Station for Downer Engineering. In the early 2000s, Britomart was Auckland’s largest transport project ever, just as the CRL is today.

Connectus, a joint venture of McConnell Dowell Construction and Hawkins Infrastructure Limited, are constructing the cut-and-cover tunnels under and along Albert St from Customs St to Wyndham St.

“Between our 2 companies we have enormous expertise and capacity in civil engineering and building as well as micro-tunnelling,” says Bob.

Bob has worked with the Well-Connected Alliance as Temporary Works Design Manager on the Waterview Connection motorway tunnels. The
$1.4billion project tunnelled 4.8km of motorway underground using ‘Alice’, a 3,600 ton, 14.5 m diameter tunnel boring machine (TBM). The twin tunnels, at depths between 10m and 45m, are the largest diameter tunnels to be built in Australasia, and the 11th largest TBM used to date worldwide.

McConnell Dowell also designed and constructed the Rosedale Waste Water Treatment Ocean Outfall, a 3km marine pipeline that discharges highly treated effluent into the Rangitoto Channel. Stretching from the treatment plant to Mairangi Bay, it runs deep beneath streets, parks, reserves and properties before going under the seabed 2.8km out into the channel.

Hawkins Infrastructure and their company Harker Underground, who are pipejacking the new stormwater line along Albert Street, are also leading experts in underground tunnelling, pipelines and shaft construction. Employing a range of specialist skills, from general earthworks and civil engineering to geotechnical engineering, their projects include the Auckland Rail Electrification Project, Newmarket Rail Station, and the Point Resolution Bridge crossing Tamaki Drive.

“It’s great to see the City Rail Link becoming a reality, and to know the early works we are doing now will lay the essential foundation for its construction,” says Bob.

2015 updates

21 December

City Rail Link starts

Preliminary work for the CRL, Auckland’s largest infrastructure project, started today with a dawn blessing of the work site by Mana whenua.

14 December

Lower Queen Street activation programme

As a part of phase 2 of the city centre transport changes, buses will be moved from Lower Queen Street to Lower Albert Street in April next year. This has given AT the opportunity to commission work to design and manage an activation programme that will create an inclusive, flexible and diverse pedestrianised space from May 2016 to May 2017 before the construction work in that area begins.

First sign of CRL construction coming soon

Crl Hoarding 900

The first visible sign of the CRL’s construction will be large hoardings around the pipe jack shafts early next year. A major stormwater diversion is required before contractors can begin the cut and cover tunnels along Albert Street. The diversion will be done by pipe jacking (micro tunnelling) a replacement stormwater pipe in several stages along the eastern side of Albert Street, between Swanson and Wellesley Streets.

Find out more about the project construction and timeline.

24 November

The Aotea, Karangahape and Mt Eden Community Liaison Groups for CRL have had their establishing meetings this month.

Find out more about the CRL Community Liaison Groups.

13 November

AT's conditions have been upheld by the Environment Court and the CRL designation is now confirmed.

7 October

New images of the design concepts for Karangahape and Aotea Stations have been released.

See the latest design images.

27 August

The CRL has reached a major milestone with all appeals to its land designation now resolved by agreement or dismissed. Early works will start in November this year.

Read the media release: City Rail Link appeals over.

24 June

Stakeholder briefing

AT invited key stakeholders to a briefing to walk them through Phase 1 of the central city project work, beginning in October. These plans have been integrated with the CRL project.

Find out more about the city centre transport changes.

Contractors work underway

ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) Contractors are undertaking design optimisation, detailed design and pre-construction planning activities in preparation for the formalising of construction contracts. The first section of physical works are planned to commence in November 2015 with the relocation of a main storm water line in Albert St (between Wellesley St and Swanson St). This work will be undertaken from 3 access shafts utilising pipe-jacking techniques. Subsequent cut-and-cover construction of the CRL tunnels is planned to take place from May 2016.

Design for the early stage reinstatement works is underway, and reference designs for tunnels and stations are progressing. A presentation regarding the overall project design has been given to the Heritage Advisory Panel and more detail has been presented to the Heritage Advisory Group. Regular meetings are scheduled with Heritage New Zealand and the Urban Design Panel to consider station designs.

"The Junction" at Symonds Street

CRL The Junction"The Junction" was a vacant CRL property at the top of Symonds Street before being transformed into a new community pocket park.

Members of the CRL project team volunteered to work with the local community at the end of last year to spruce up the pocket park. The community now have an open space with grass, seating, a community noticeboard, attractive westerly views, planter boxes and wildflowers. Volunteers are looking after its watering and rubbish collection.

Community feedback was for more public use through a community garden. We are now exploring with local businesses and residents, how we can collect food waste and use it for compost on-site to grow produce. We would like to donate produce grown to a local food bank.

Consents update

There has been steady progress on gaining full consent for the CRL with only 1 of the original 6 appeals expected to go to court and 5 being resolved through mediation. The court date for the remaining appeal is the end of June, with a decision expected to be made by the end of July. The regional consents hearing for Britomart Station to Wyndham Street is scheduled for 6 July with a decision expected to be made by the end of August, although appeals are possible. The Britomart Station Notice of Requirement was lodged on 28 May, with a hearing expected in September or October.

Find out more about the notice of requirement process.

Property purchases

We have now purchased 62 surface properties for about $90 million out of the 70 required to enable construction along the designated route with approximately 30,000 square metres now under management.

18 June

No appeals have been made against the consent to realign the stormwater pipe on Albert Street to make way for the CRL tunnels. Shafts to remove the pipe will be installed in November.

17 June 

Queen Elizabeth II Square road stopping

AT proposes stopping Queen Elizabeth II Square as a legal road so that the Downtown Shopping Centre block can be redeveloped and construction can begin on the underground tunnels for the City Rail Link.

Depending on confirmation of the road stopping and an associated rezoning process, the land forming the existing square will be sold and combined with the Downtown Shopping Centre site. As part of the redevelopment arrangements, Auckland Council will secure a new east - west public pedestrian link across the area to connect lower Queen Street and Lower Albert Street. There will also be a north - south laneway through the Downtown Shopping Centre block (referencing the former Little Queen Street).

The proceeds from the sale of the square will be reinvested in alternative public spaces along the downtown waterfront.

Before the sale can begin, the road status of the square needs to uplifted, a legal public process AT is responsible for as the regulatory authority.

Queen Elizabeth II Square aerial view map

Queen Elizabeth Square II aerial view

Key points

  • AC has agreed to sell Queen Elizabeth II Square in a deal that provides better east-west and north-south pedestrian links in the area, sees the property owner building the CRL tunnels below its site as an integral part of the development and frees up funding for the improvement of other nearby public spaces.
  • AT is the regulatory authority responsible for the legal process, known as road stopping, required to remove Queen Elizabeth II Square’s status as a road so it can be sold.
  • Road stopping is a public process and is publicly notified. People have 40 days to make a submission to AT by Tuesday 28 July.
  • An independent commissioner will consider and hear submissions on the road stopping process and make a recommendation to AT. AT’s decision can be appealed to the Environment Court.

If you object to this proposal, you can lodge an objection in writing to Deborah Godinet, Group Manager Property and Planning, Auckland Transport, Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142 before 4pm, Tuesday 28 July 2015.

View the notice of proposal to stop Queen Elizabeth II Square (PDF 80KB)

15 May

CRL Showcase

Aucklanders will have the opportunity to learn more about the City Rail Link when AT brings its CRL Showcase to town centres in west, east, south and north Auckland later this month.

Aucklanders will have the opportunity to learn more about the CRL when AT brings its CRL Showcase to town centres in west, east, south and north Auckland later this month.

The showcase is coming town centres in response to requests from many of those who attended the showcase in the City Centre in April, for it to be taken to smaller centres.

Read the media release: City Rail Link Showcase.

The CRL Showcase is being held:

  • Outside Glenmall in Glen Eden on Wed 20 May, 10am to 4pm.
  • Opposite West City Shoes, on Great North Road, Henderson Town Centre on Thursday 21 May, 10am to 4pm.
  • Outside Lynmall, New Lynn on Friday 22 May, 10am to 4pm.
  • At the Manukau Market, Dream Centre, Lakewood Court, Wiri on Saturday 23 May, 9am to 1pm.
  • In Mayfair Place, Glen Innes Monday 25 May, 10am to 4pm.
  • Next to the Panmure Community Centre, 7-13 Pilkington Road, Panmure on Wednesday 27 May, 10am to 4pm.
  • On Great South Road opposite the BNZ, Otahuhu Town Centre on Thursday 4 June, 10am to 4pm.
  • Outside Manurewa Public Library, Hill Road, Manurewa from Friday 5 June, 10am to 4pm.
  • At the Pukekohe Farmers Market, Massey Rd, Pukekohe, Saturday 6 June 9am-1pm.
  • At the Takapuna Sunday Market, Corner Lake Rd and Anzac Street, Takapuna, Sunday 7 June, 9am to 1pm.
  • In the car parks opposite the Merchant Bar & Kitchen, in front of Westfield Shopping Centre, on Civic Crescent, Albany, Thursday 11 June 10am-4pm.
  • Opposite Highbury Optometrists on Mokoia Rd, Birkenhead, Friday 12 June 10am-4pm.

14 April

The CRL design showcase booklet features concept designs of the new and redeveloped stations, and artist impressions that capture the new-look Albert and Lower Queen Streets.

Download the CRL design showcase booklet (PDF 3.71MB)

7 April

Contracts awarded

The City Rail Link (CRL) takes another significant step forward with the announcement today of the appointment of two construction consortia to commence the first phase of the CRL construction in the Downtown area.

Read the media release: City Rail Link contract awarded.

Alterations to Britomart designation

Alterations have been made to the Britomart designation to ensure that construction and operational effects are managed (such as access and traffic movement, noise and vibration, and temporary buildings). Residents and property owners in the immediate surrounding areas were invited to the CRL office on Wednesday, 1 April to find out more.

Read the Britomart designation presentation.

23 March

City Rail Link design showcase

More of our city. Less of your time.

See how the City Rail Link will shape our city with new stations and surrounding public space.

Visit our design showcase bus:

Where: No 1 Queen St Café in QE11 Square.
When: Saturday 11 to Wednesday 15 April.
Time: 10am to 4pm daily.

Visit the City Rail Link Facebook page.

27 February

City Rail Link construction timeline map

Albert Street from Customs Street to Wyndham Street construction timeline

Construction starts late 2015/2016, completion 2018/2019.

View the construction timeline map below to see how it will affect pedestrians, traffic and bus operations.

City Rail Link construction timeline map

Download the CRL construction timeline map (PDF 580KB)

CRL Early Works - Britomart to Downtown Shopping Centre (DSC)

  • Pedestrian access always maintained.
  • Front/west end of Britomart station closed, rail users enter the station from the rear/east entrance.
  • Pedestrians can access lower Queen Street from Tyler and Galway Streets.
  • Lower Queen Street completely closed to vehicles.
  • Temporary bridging and decking for pedestrians and cyclists on lower Queen Street.
  • Underground walkway removed between Britomart and DSC.
  • Bus operations removed from Tyler, Galway and Lower Queen Streets to create a construction zone and safe pedestrian access. Where possible bus stops will be moved to new permanent locations
  • No left turn for traffic from Quay into Albert Street
  • Temporary construction accommodation at the rear/east entrance of Britomart.

Downtown Shopping Centre (DSC)

  • Precinct Properties develop their DSC site as a laneway retail development and 36-level tower, constructing their CRL tunnels below. Work is due to begin mid-2016 with completion by 2019.

CRL Early Works - Albert St from Custom Street to Wyndham Street

  • Pedestrian access always maintained.
  • Bus operations removed from Albert Street. Where possible bus stops will be moved to new permanent locations.
  • Some impact on traffic lanes at the corner of Victoria and Albert Streets for up to 16 months due to a stormwater line relocation.
  • Constructing cut and cover tunnels up Albert Street to the southern side of Wyndham Street.
  • A laydown area in lower Albert Street with Customs Street kept open.

25 February

Auckland Council and Precinct Properties announced their combined agreement that will enable the CRL tunnels to be built as a part of the Downtown Development project. Read the Mayor hails historic City Rail Link development media release here.

11 February

The first Community Liaison Group (CLG) meeting was held at the Auckland Town Hall on 10 February to discuss the first phase plans of the CRL from Britomart to Wyndham Street.

Find out more about the CLG meeting.

10 February

AT has briefed Auckland Council on the City Rail Link's progress and the investigation into light rail.

Download the integrated transport - investing in Auckland's future presentation (PDF 4.6MB).

5 February

Digging set to start on City Rail Link

Major roads in central Auckland will be dug up before the end of the year to make way for the CRL.

Resource consents for the first section of the rail tunnel were publicly notified today.

2014 updates

Crossing the Start Line

22 December 2014

Bright red lines have been painted on streets in Downtown Auckland and in QEII Square to mark the centre of each of the two tunnels to be built late next year in preparation for the CRL. Aucklanders using public transport in the area will now be able to see exactly where the CRL tunnels will be, and areas which will be affected by construction works.  

CRL parklet and artwork

15 December 2014

AT has been acquiring property for the City Rail Link (CRL) since 2013.  One of the properties is a large empty site on the corner of Symonds Street and New North Road. The front section is being turned into a temporary public space for people to relax or just enjoy the view.

Last week a wall was painted as part of the work and more work is planned.

A community volunteer day will be held on 21 December at 9am to help transform the site, weather permitting. If you're interested in helping out please come along.

Once this initial space is up and running, the CRL team will request ideas on what to do with the rest of the site.

CRL - Community Liaison Group

Community Liason Group update

4 December 2014

As part of the consent conditions for the City Rail Link, Auckland Transport will establish a Community Liaison Group (CLG) for the work in the Britomart and Albert Street areas that may start as soon as late 2015.

Members of the CLG will need to be able to commit time to the group which will meet regularly over several years. This allows for an accumulation of knowledge about the project, which will be critical for the group’s success.

The first meeting to establish the CLG will be on 10 February 2015 at the Auckland Town Hall starting at 6pm.

CLG members will be required to contribute to technical, environmental and delivery plans within set timeframes.  The makeup and role of the CLG and AT’s obligations are as outlined on the consent conditions in the link below.

Description of CLG from the consent conditions

AT will establish a Community Liaison Group in the key construction area of Britomart and Albert Street.

Membership shall include representative(s) of AT and be open to all directly affected and affected in proximity parties to the project including, but not limited to:

  • Representative(s) for and/or directly affected and affected in proximity property owners and occupiers.
  • CBD Residents Advisory Group.
  •  Heart of the City.
  •  Roman Catholic Diocese of Auckland.
  •  St Patrick’s Cathedral.

The purpose of the Group shall be to:

  • Provide a means for receiving regular updates on project progress.
  • Monitor the effects of constructing the project on the community by providing a regular forum through which information about the project can be provided to the community.
  • Enable opportunities for concerns and issues to be reported to and responded by AT.
  • Provide feedback on the development of the Construction Environmental Management Plan and the Delivery Work Plans.
  • Propose potential joint initiatives to AT for the Property Management Strategy regarding the interim use of properties including vacant land acquired for the construction of the City Rail Link.
  • The Pre-Construction Communication and Consultation Plan shall be prepared in consultation with the CLG.

AT will appoint someone appropriately qualified in community consultation as the Community Consultation Advisor to:

  • Provide administrative assistance to the CLG.
  • Ensure the CLG is working effectively (including the development of a Code of Conduct) and appropriate procedures for each Group.
  • Act as a community consultation advisor.

AT will use its best endeavours to ensure that the CLG meets at least annually until the commencement of construction and then at least once every three months or as otherwise required once construction commences.

Once construction has begun, AT will provide an update at least every three months (or as otherwise agreed) to the CLG on compliance with the designation conditions and the CEMP and DWP and any material changes to these plans.

AT shall provide reasonable administrative support for the CLG including organising meetings at a local venue, inviting members, as well as the taking and dissemination of meeting minutes.

The CLG shall continue for the duration of the construction phase of the project and for six months following completion of the project.

Download the description of the Customer Liaison Group from the consent conditions (PDF 300KB)

Enabling works -  your questions answered

December 2014

Why are enabling works needed?

There many other planned and proposed inner city developments by Auckland Council and private developers in the downtown area.

It’s a sensible next step to progress the part of the CRL that will most affect everyone else’s plans in the city. It is also important to have the design advanced so any consents can be identified and applied for. This will ensure the sequencing of city centre improvements is well planned over the next three years.

Where do the works in downtown start and finish?

The downtown section of the City Rail Link starts at Britomart through and under Queen, Customs and Albert Streets to the southern side of Wyndham Street.

When is construction likely to start and how long will it last?

Late next year. The final stage of design will start in early 2015 with a view to starting construction late in 2015, dependent on Auckland Council approval.

The enabling works programme will take about three years altogether but it will affect different areas at different times.

What notice will be given prior to disruption in the downtown area?

A no surprises approach will be taken and the Community Liaison Group (CLG) will have input into the appropriate amount of notice to be given to people who live or work in the area. See how can I have a say below.

What are the hours of work?

Construction will be a 24/7 operation but working times will differ depending on the work. For example, noisy work may be best done during the day but work that requires disruption on the street is better carried out at night. Local residents and businesses will be informed of the hours prior to work starting. The Community Liaison Group will be consulted on this.

How noisy will it be?

Project standards for construction noise are set out in condition 31 of the CRL construction conditions. The general construction noise must be 75dB or lower – a conversation is usually between 60 and 70 dB. If higher noise levels are needed for a particular part of the construction then a site specific construction noise management plan is required.

The site specific plan will detail the timing and duration of the work producing higher noise levels. It will also show communication with the affected people and measures taken to mitigate the impact.

Where noise limits cannot be met, an alternative solution will be reached by consulting the affected people.

How will vehicle access be maintained on Albert Street?

There will be one traffic lane operating on either side of Albert Street at all times and pedestrian access will be provided. Streets crossing Albert Street may be closed, but the work will be staged so that only one intersection is closed at a time.

Access to all buildings will be maintained.

What will happen to buses that currently go along Albert Street?

Buses will be rerouted to avoid the construction zone with stops relocated. This will allow buses to keep running to timetable.

What will happen to the bus interchange in Lower Queen Street?

Buses will end their run before the construction site in Lower Queen Street. Options for where these buses will finish are still being considered.

Keeping buses away from the construction area will allow buses to keep to their schedules.

Will construction damage the surrounding buildings?

Construction methods have been chosen to prevent damage to the surrounding buildings.

Any damage that occurs, such as paint cracking, will be repaired. Building condition surveys on susceptible buildings will be carried out before construction so that any consequent damage can be identified.

How can I have a say?

A Community Liaison Group is being established for the work area. The first meeting will be in February 2015. The group has specific functions and will require the commitment of time to provide effective input into various project work and delivery plans. Visit the project website for details.

How can I get more information?

Please visit the City Rail Link web page or email or ring (09) 355 3553. When a contractor is on board and before work starts, a 24/7 contact number will be provided.  

Download the Customer Liason Group FAQs (PDF 72KB)

City Rail Link consent conditions

Read a full copy of the City Rail Link consent conditions

City Rail Link open days

2 September 2014

City Rail Link Open DaysAbout 200 people attended three City Rail Link open days in the past week at the Pitt Street Methodist Church, the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Eden Terrace and the Town Hall.

The open days provided information on the decision to replace Newton station with a redeveloped Mt Eden Station, an update on the Notice of Requirement process and introduced the regional consents process.

Using iPads, visitors were able to view the stations in three dimensions and see how they will fit into the surrounding landscape.

Common areas of interest were the station designs, the running plans for the trains once the CRL is complete and core samples from boreholes drilled along the route.

21 August 2014

City Rail Link Open DayThree open days on the City Rail link were held in 2014. 

They provided an opportunity for people to get information on the project including the decision to redevelop Mount Eden Station rather than building a new station at Newton, the results of the Notice of Requirement process and the upcoming regional consents.

The open days were held on:

  • Wednesday 27 August at the Pitt Street Methodist Church from 4pm to 7pm.
  • Saturday 30 August at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre on New North Road from 10am to 2pm.
  • Monday 1 September at the Town Hall Council Chambers from 4pm to 6pm.

If you didn’t make it to any of the open days, you can view our information posters here:

Cost down, benefits up from City Rail Link design change

1 August 2014

Auckland Transport (AT) has decided to redevelop the existing Mt Eden Station and connect it to the CRL rather than build a new underground station at Newton.

Since the CRL’s concept design was developed two years ago, there has been concerted effort to optimise the design and drive value for money. The on-going design improvement process included a comprehensive review of all project elements by an international “challenge team” of experts.

The improved design will connect passengers at Mt Eden Station to the CRL which previously bypassed them and improve operational reliability through the provision of a separated east-west junction so train lines won’t need to cross over each other.


Customer experience
  • Improves reliability with grade separated junction.
  • Allows Mt Eden passengers to connect to CRL.
  • Saves time for 3000 passengers a day - 95 a day have longer journeys.
  • Deep lifts replaced by open to air platforms.
  • Provides better modal transfer.
  • Leverages development of construction site.
  • Better fit with wider development potential.
Construction impacts
  • Reduces construction disruption on Symonds St by 12-18 months.
  • Reduces construction effects on some properties.
  • Six fewer surface properties required.
  • About a dozen fewer sub-surface properties required.
  • Reduces capital cost by $124 million.
  • Reduces operational expenditure.

This is an indicative rail plan based on the new station layout:

Outline Train Plan 31July 2014

AT seeks Registrations of Interest for final stage of CRL design

10 July 2014

Auckland Transport is seeking Registrations of Interest for the final phase of design for the Britomart end of the City Rail Link (CRL). 

  • AT is engaging with the construction industry to finalise design on a discrete section of the CRL that most affects other proposed inner city development.
  • AT wants to enable other development in the city to proceed by having design advanced for the CRL enabling works when finance becomes available.
  • Finalising the design will also allow AT to establish management plans and seek the  consents necessary for enabling works in advance of the works.
  • Engaging early with the industry will ensure a collaborative, cost effective design that has been tested for staging of constructability.
  • The CRL has not yet received a mandate from council to start construction and the final design will be taken forward only when this has occurred.

The contract includes Design Development and Consenting for the area between Britomart Station and Wyndham Street. 

Registrations of Interest close on the 6th of August.

City Rail Link designation confirmed

15 April 2014

The City Rail Link has reached a major milestone with Auckland Transport accepting a recommendation by planning commissioners to confirm the land requirements for the CRL.

Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton says the commissioners noted that the project benefits were essentially uncontested and recognised it was critical for Auckland’s growth and economic future.

“It’s a big step forward for Auckland. A proposal to extend rail through the city centre has been on the books in some form or other for almost a hundred years but never got beyond an idea. At last we have a designated route,” says Dr Warburton.

Independent commissioners recommend City Rail Link approval

5 March 2014

Auckland Transport welcomes a unanimous recommendation by independent planning commissioners that the land required to build, operate and maintain the City Rail Link be set aside for the project.

The five commissioners, who heard AT’s planning application for the CRL, have recommended that the designation for the land be confirmed, subject to conditions that address issues raised by submitters.

The commissioners say they accepted the CRL would result in significant overall benefits to the people and economy of Auckland. “There was no evidence to challenge the benefits of the project and most submitters in opposition accepted the merits of the project.”

2013 updates

New hearing date confirmed

24 October 2013

The hearing of notices of requirement to designate land to build, operate and maintain the City Rail Link has been adjourned until 10 - 11 November. The commissioners have adjourned to consider the material provided in the application.

Auckland Transport Funding and Planning Manager presents to Auckland Council Transport Committee

4 September 2013

Auckland Transport Funding and Planning Manager John Williamson presented to Auckland Council's Transport Committee on the City Centre Future Access Study, Government support for the CRL and the impacts the timing of construction will have on the project.

28 August 2013

AT chief executive addresses the Institute of Directors

18 July 2013

Auckland Transport Chief Executive David Warburton talked to the Institute of Directors about why the city centre is important, and how the City Rail Link fits into an integrated programme to improve Auckland's transport.

Update on funding

11 July 2013

Following on from the recent government announcement, here is a breakdown of costs and funding for the CRL:

  • Total cost of $2.86 billion (inflated to year of spend),
  • 50% to be government funded. The Government has confirmed it will provide funding for construction to start in 2020 or earlier if CBD employement and rail patronage growth targets are met,
  • 30% of funding to come from alternative sources. This is being investigated by an independent group,
  • 20% to be funded from rate and development contribution, to take effect at opening (2020/21).

Government funding for CRL welcomed

27 June 2013

The Government has announced its support for the City Rail Link. Auckland Mayor Len Brown says this represents a major step forward for the city and says: "I am delighted the government has agreed to support this project."

New project factsheet

April 2013

A new project factsheet has been published.

20 March 2013 

An application to designate land to build and operate the City Rail Link was open for public submission until 19 March 2013. Submissions have now closed.

Hearings are anticipated in the third quarter of 2013.

Media release: Out shopping for the City Rail Link.

12 March 2013

New route map uploaded (JPG 4MB).

February 2013

Fly through the CRL route and proposed stations (video).

February 2013 

Open days in February and March

An application to designate land to build and operate the City Rail Link is open for public submission until 19 March 2013.

Come and learn more about the CRL and talk to project staff at an open day:

  • Saturday 2 March 11am - 4pm Chinese Community Centre 1 New North Road.
  • Wednesday 6 March Auckland Town Hall, Queen St.

Read the information posters that will be presented at the open days (PDF 4.5MB).

Media release: Open days for City Rail Link.

City Rail Link proposed designation open for comment

25 January 2013

The proposal to designate land for the future construction and operation of the CRL has been publicly notified for submission by Auckland Council (AC), and people have until March 19 to comment.

The Notices of Requirement (NoR) for land and supporting documents are available on the Auckland Council website [this link was removed when the submission period closed]. 

The usual 20-working-day submission period has been extended to 35 working days and submissions can be made online.

2012 updates

Warnings of Auckland transport crisis.

Media release from the Mayor's office: 13 December 2012.

Clarification on City Centre Future Access Study.

Media release: 13 December 2012.

Economists speak about transport in cities

30 November 2012

Two economists addressed a seminar in Auckland on the role of transport and rail in cities. Read summaries of Paul Buchanan and John Williamson's presentations .

Notice of Requirement lodged with Auckland Council

10 September 2012

Auckland Transport (AT) has identified a land footprint for the City Rail Link (CRL) and after talking to directly affected landowners and advising them on the project, Auckland Transport has initiated a formal planning process through a Notice of Requirement with Auckland Council.

Information sessions for adjacent landowners held

15 to 20 September 2012

Prior to public notification, Auckland Transport held three information sessions for immediately adjacent land owners regarding potential CRL effects and how these will be managed.  

CRL footprint identified

2 July 2012

Auckland Transport (AT) has identified a land footprint for the City Rail Link and is now talking to directly affected landowners and advising them on the project. Auckland Transport wants to ensure landowners are aware of the CRL before it initiates a formal planning process through a Notice of Requirement with Auckland Council.

Read the media release: City Rail Link route identified.

Media briefing on CRL footprint (PDF 3MB).

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