City Rail Link
The City Rail Link (CRL) is the key project in an integrated transport programme to keep Auckland moving as the city grows by more than 700,000 people during the next 30 years. The underground rail line linking Britomart and the existing western line near Mt Eden via the city centre will allow a train every five to 10 minutes from most Auckland stations.
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5 March 2014: Auckland Transport has today welcomed a unanimous recommendation by independent planning commissioners that the land required to build, operate and maintain the City Rail Link (CRL) 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.”
Read the recommendation report and supporting documents on Auckland Council's website: Plan modification 68-71, Auckland City District Plan - Operative Central Area Section.
Read Auckland Transport's media release: City Rail Link recommended for approval.
19 November 2013: Understand the City Rail Link and why Auckland needs it: our new video explains the project and its benefits in less than two minutes.
Te Reo Māori and NZ Sign Language translations of the video are available.
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 hearing, before five independent commissioners, was held over the period 7 August – 20 August 2013. The commissioners originally adjourned the hearings until 21 - 22 October but they have now further adjourned them to allow time consider the volume of material provided in the application.
The evidence presented to the commissioners by both Auckland Transport and submitters confirmed that overall the City Rail Link (CRL) project has widespread support. The concerns raised by a relatively small number of submitters were primarily site specific and related to the management of construction impacts in discrete areas. Most submitters recognised that once built, the CRL will benefit Auckland and did not dispute the need for the CRL.
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. Read John Williamson's presentation (PDF 2MB).
28 August 2013: Video added to the project delivery and construction section to show the cut and cover construction process in Lower Albert Street.
18 July 2013: Auckland Transport Chief Executive addresses Institute of Directors
27 June 2013: On 26 June, the Government announced its agreement to fund the City Rail Link. Auckland Mayor Len Brown issued a release welcoming the news. Read this and more articles in the media about the announcement.
See more updates and the CRL resource library
About the City Rail Link
The CRL completes a “missing link” in Auckland’s transport system, benefiting all of Auckland. The investment will help shape Auckland’s future by supporting the increasing population and driving economic growth.
By getting rid of the dead end at Britomart and joining the rail network through the city to the west it allows a train about every seven to 10 minutes from most Auckland stations.
An independent study, produced in collaboration with central government, shows the CRL, combined with bus improvements, is the only way of meeting transport demand for the city centre within the next 30 years.
A train every five to 10 minutes at peak for most stations
Quicker travel and better access to more parts of the city centre with three new stations
More people on trains will free up roads for those who need them
More road space for buses for parts of Auckland not served by rail, such as the North Shore. Without the CRL major bus routes will be at or over capacity in 2021
The only transport option to keep speeds on city centre roads from dropping to 7km/h by 2021
Drives economic growth with more high productivity jobs in the city centre by creating better access
Makes future expansion of the rail network to the North Shore, via Wynyard Quarter, and the airport possible.
Read more about the benefits of the City Rail Link.
3.4km in two tunnels up to 42m below the city centre
Route underground through the city centre, linking Britomart to the existing rail line near Eden Terrace
Three new city centre stations – Aotea, Karangahape Rd, Newton
Construction forecast to commence 2015/16
Costs and funding
(As identified in Auckland Council Long Term Plan, discussions are continuing with central government.)
Cost of $2.86 billion (inflated to year of spend)
50% central government funded
30% alternative funding (being investigated by an independent group www.keepaucklandmoving.org.nz)
20% rate and development contribution funded, taking effect at opening (2020/21)
Find out more detail about the route and construction.
Phone: (09) 447 4343
Mail: City Rail Link, Private Bag 92250, Auckland 1142
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