The NZTA has been holding an open day on the Waterview Connection to give the public a chance to view the works that have been going on and see Alice – the massive tunnel boring machine that will soon start digging the tunnels. People wanting to visit needed to have signed up for a free ticket a few weeks ago and the NZTA have said that all of the 20,000 tickets were snapped up fairly quickly.
Expecting a lot of people, the NZTA even encouraged people to get there using public transport and put on a free and frequent shuttle from the Mt Albert Train station however stupidly – and this is probably on Auckland Transport – nothing was done about the crappy hourly frequencies on the western line or being a Sunday that services don’t go past Henderson. It’s dumb things like this that put people off even trying PT.
I went along for a look so here are some of the photo’s I took.
Looking South towards the new Richardson Rd bridge
The large elevated structure is a huge conveyor belt that extends from the end of the TBM all the way out of the trench to a processing building . It is apparently acoustically protected to help reduce the noise impact on locals.
The re-aligned Oakley Creek. The new sections actually look better than the old trench the creek used to be in.
The Segment Yard where all of the concrete wall panels are managed before being sent to the TBM for installation.
Looking down into the trench
Further down into the trench you can see the back of the TBM along with the artwork showing where the second tunnel will emerge. The crane that hovers above the site is able to lift 600 tonnes
Getting further into the trench.
The people help give some perspective to how big the machine is.
The cutting shield
Looking south out of the trench.
One of the wall segments that will be installed in the tunnel. A sticker says it weighs 9,900kg