New Zealand’s Auckland Transport has appointed two contractors to carry out the first phase of the City Rail Link (CRL) construction in the downtown area.
Valued at approximately $3m, the first phase of design will be carried out by Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy JV and Connectus.
Auckland Transport project director Chris Meale said: "We are now definitely on the way to building a key missing link in our city’s public transport network.
"Once completed, the CRL will turn a one-way, cul-de-sac rail system at Britomart, into a two way through system that will be able to carry 30,000 people an hour, providing an efficient and reliable transport choice for Aucklanders."
The Downer-led joint venture will be responsible to progress the CRL work through and under Britomart Station and Queen Street to the Downtown Shopping Centre site. The construction is expected to start in early 2016.
Work under this contract includes the establishment of temporary accommodation for Britomart Station’s ticketing and customer service operations to support the construction works.
On the other hand, the Connectus Consortium will undertake the construction of cut and cover tunnels under and along Albert Street from Customs Street to Wyndham Street.
This project is scheduled to start in October along with the relocation of a major storm water line in Albert Street between Swanson and Wellesley Streets.
Image: CRL will be able to carry 30,000 people an hour, providing an efficient and reliable transport choice for Aucklanders. Photo: courtesy of Auckland Transport.