The CRL is key to delivering the Auckland Plan, the City Centre Master Plan, the Long Term Plan and the Integrated Transport Programme.
- Top transport priority for Auckland.
- Auckland will grow by more than 700,000 people in the next 30 years and the CRL coupled with bus improvements is the only way to keep Auckland moving.
- Current public transport will be unable to cater for this growth, hindering economic development.
- The CRL will provide opportunities for development, particularly around the stations.
- The CRL will mean more frequent trains with more direct services to the city centre.
- Allow 30,000 people an hour in peak.
- Allow on average better than a train every 10 minutes at peak for most Auckland stations.
- The City Rail Link (CRL) will extend Auckland’s passenger rail system past Britomart to connect to the existing regional rail network at Mt Eden.
- Britomart will become a through station with new stations near Aotea Square and Karangahape Road, and a redeveloped station at Mount Eden.
- The current phase is to confirm and protect a route to enable future construction.
- The CRL will use twin 3.4km long tunnels up to 42 metres below the city centre streets.
- It’s estimated to take five and a half years to build at a cost of $2.5 billion when inflated to 2024.
Costs and funding
The current cost is $2.5 billion. Auckland Council expects central government to contribute 50% of the funding.
- Two new underground stations at Aotea (11m depth) and Karangahape Road (33m), and a redeveloped Mount Eden Station.
- Cut and cover construction along Albert Street and at Eden Terrace.
- Majority will be with tunnel boring machine (TBM).
- 7.5metre diameter TBM (about half the size of Waterview TBM).
- About 1 million cubic meters of spoil – more than Waterview because of station excavations.
- 88 subterranean properties affected by tunnels.