The City Rail Link (CRL) is a 3.45km underground railway line linking the city centre with the existing Western Line at Eden Terrace (Mt Eden) via the Britomart Transport Centre. Currently, the Auckland Metro commuter rail network begins and ends at Britomart. Two new tunnels will be constructed under and through the former Central Post Office building removing the dead end at Britomart, enabling the connection to the Western Line at Eden Terrace.
The CRL is the top transport priority for Auckland and is key to delivering the Auckland Plan, City Centre Master Plan, Long Term Plan and the Integrated Transport Programme.
On 14 September 2016 a Heads of Agreement to co-fund and deliver the CRL was signed by the Crown and Auckland Council. Agreement was subject to the establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), formalised on 30 June 2017 by the signing of sponsor's agreements.
City Rail Link Limited (CRLL) has been established to deliver the project on behalf of the sponsors, governed by a board consisting of a chair and four directors. Sir Brian Roche, former NZ Post Chairman and former CEO of NZTA was appointed Chairman late in 2016. The formation of CRLL sees the project break away from Auckland Transport and from 1 July 2017 operate independent of the council controlled organisation formerly responsible for delivering the project.
Construction of the CRL is taking place in stages or 'construction packages', each independently tendered for by the construction industry, both locally and internationally. Currently Contracts 1 and 2 and the Commercial Bay portion of works are under construction. Procurement for contracts 5 - 10 is in progress.
The following galleries follow progress with the various construction stages.
Construction Contract 1
Britomart Temporary Station Entrance, & Lower Queen Street Tunnels
Construction Contract 1 involves decommissioning and later restoring the former Central Post Office station building, constructing a ‘temporary station facility’ to the rear of the CPO, constructing two rail tunnels under the CPO and through Lower Queen Street to the eastern ‘stub’ of the Commercial Bay site and from the western ‘stub’ of the Commercial Bay site to Customs Street. Construction Contract 1 commenced during July 2016.
The Britomart Transport Centre is located within the former Auckland Central Post Office building
As part of CRL Construction Contract 1 the Britomart Transport Centre, within the former Central Post Office, will be decommissioned to enable CRL tunnels to be constructed below. As part of CRL works the CPO will be fully restored and reinstated to its former glory.
In addition to Construction Contracts 1 and 2, on behalf of Auckland Transport, Fletcher Construction will construct a portion of the CRL tunnels through the Commercial Bay construction site to Auckland Transports design and specification. Commercial Bay will be developed by Precinct Properties Limited on the site of the former Downtown Shopping Centre which closed on 29 May 2016 after 41 years.
The main body of work Contract 2 works will be the construction of twin cut and cover tunnels along Albert Street between Customs & Wyndham Streets and interfacing with the Fletcher Construction section of tunnels through Commercial Bay. The tunnels will be constructed in a deep trench up to 18 metres deep.
The City Rail Link main works includes construction of a cut and cover Aotea Station along Albert Street between Victoria and Wellesley Streets with entrances at Victoria Street West & Wellesley Streets; the construction of Karangahape Road Station and a significantly redeveloped Mt Eden Station. 'Main works' includes boring two large rail tunnels from around the Aotea Centre and up to Eden Terrace. Construction will also include connecting the CRL with a live operating railway at Mt Eden and works at Britomart East to optimise the network.
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