Auckland Transport have said that they are focusing efforts to design the northern end of the CRL from Wyndham St to Britomart.
Design of the Britomart end of the City Rail Link is being progressed with Auckland Transport asking the construction industry to register its interest in the work.
The focus of the design work will be on the downtown section of the City Rail Link, from Britomart through Queen, Customs and Albert Streets to Wyndham Street.
It is the area that most affects other planned and proposed inner city development by Auckland Council and private developers.
“It’s a sensible next step to get design certainty for the part of the CRL that will most affect everyone else’s plans in the city. It is also important to have the design advanced so any consents can be identified and applied for,” says AT Chief Executive David Warburton.
Auckland Council Chief Executive Stephen Town says “this next step is important as it will ensure the sequencing of city centre improvements is well planned over the next 3 years.
Auckland Transport wants to be in a position to progress work in the downtown area so other city development can proceed without unnecessary delay, once CRL construction funding is approved.
Dr Warburton says engaging early with the construction industry in this way is routine on major projects to ensure a cost effective design that minimises adverse effects.
It’s basically the section shown below (although without needing to take all of the Downtown Mall site like originally thought)
Precinct Properties want to develop the Downtown Mall site and they have already agreed to build the tunnel under the site at the same time, this saved AT from having to purchase the whole site. It makes complete sense to then also join in that part of the tunnel to Britomart and to get it at least under the Customs St/Albert St intersection. The reason for that is there are a lot of plans in the area that will hinge on the CRL being completed so that they don’t have to be redone in the future. This includes:
- The upgrade to Quay St to be a more pedestrian friendly area.
- Changes to Customs St to accommodate the new bus network and some of the traffic from Quay St.
- Potential changes to Lower Queen St and QE2 square
AT have also said they are likely to have some new images available in a month or so relating to station designs which will be exciting to see.