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Next phase of CRL construction begins next month

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Monday 12 Aug 2019

Aotea station for the City Rail Link - artist's impression showing the skylight on the concourse level. Image:
Aotea station - artist's impression showing the skylight on the concourse level. Image:

The details about the next stage of construction for the CRL, including the construction of Aotea Station have been released.

Due to start next month with utility investigations, the newest phase of the project will extend the twin rail tunnel already built under Albert Street further south to Mayoral Drive.

What will this work look like? 

Works for the Aotea Station and tunnel will be delivered in three phases: 

  • Early works/low level excavation including the relocation of utilities - from September 2019 to March 2020
  • Main works including construction of Aotea Station - April 2020 to 2023
  • Landscaping and  public realm improvements  - 2023 to Q2, 2024

More details about the Aotea Station construction phases are available on the CRL website here 

What will these works mean for access in the area?

  • The Wellesley St/Albert Street intersection will be closed to traffic - March 2020 to Q1 2021
  • The Victoria St/Albert Street intersections will be closed to traffic - Q1 2021 to Q3 2022
  • Pedestrian access will remain to access shops, offices and homes. 

The precise timing of traffic restrictions and closures, and managing access as well as the construction methdology is still being finalised. The Allliance is undertaking engagement with local businesses and stakeholders, including ourselves as part of this process. This is also looking at how the impact of construction will be mitigated.

Advocating for business

Once completed, the City Rail Link will deliver far-reaching benefits to Auckland. However, construction of this scale is extremely challenging for business - particularly those located in the Albert Street area. 

We are asking Auckland Council and the Government to help businesses seriously affected by CRL construction. You may have seen stories about this in the media lately (see recent media coverage here).

There are positive signs, with the news that the Mayor has put forward a proposal to Government to consider. We will keep working on this until there is an acceptable solution in place.  

We want you to #LoveAlbertStreet

We're asking the city centre community to show Albert Street some love. Every little bit of extra patronage helps - so plan your next shopping trip, coffee catch up, lunch, catering order or excursion around Albert Street locations and show your support for our Albert Street neighbours. 

We’d love to see how you are supporting the Albert Street area. Please share your stories, photos and videos of you supporting Albert Street on social media channels using #LoveAlbertStreet.

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