City Rail Link – Cut & Cover Construction

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Big step for City Rail Link

Britomartstationdrawing_620x310Auckland Council recently announced a big step forward in its City Rail Link project, revealing details of the deal struck with listed landlord Precinct Properties to have underground tunnels built near the waterfront, under a new $550 million glass skyscraper.

Mayor Len Brown described the deal as a milestone and an historic moment for Auckland.

Britomartstationdesign_620x310“This is the first step towards the construction of the CRL. It will lead to an exciting transformation of the public spaces around the Britomart train station area. And it’s an example of how a partnership with the private sector can deliver economic transformation and more jobs in Auckland,” he has just announced.

He also released new images of the Britomart station and a map showing where the tunnels would run.

New rail tunnels must be constructed through the site now occupied by the Downtown Shopping Centre, which Precinct owns, the statement said.

Precinct also owns two adjacent commercial office towers – HSBC Tower at 1 Queen Street and Zurich House at 21 Queen Street, it said.

The deal between the two parties enables the rail tunnels to be built as part of the Downtown Development Project. Elements involved include the sale to Precinct of part of Queen Elizabeth Square for $27.2 million; Payment to Precinct of $9 million for provision of an East-West pedestrian laneway between Queen Street and Albert Street and compensation for tunnels volume; Payment of $10.7 million for additional costs of office tower construction due to CRL tunnels; and the creation of a new downtown civic space between the project and Britomart, the statement said.

Mr Brown said the deal meant a coordinated approach could now be taken to the construction work, with Auckland Transport building the CRL tunnels either side of the Precinct downtown shopping centre site from Britomart to Wyndham Street and Precinct Properties building the tunnels below its site.

Source:

  • NZ Herald

Design changes for City Rail Link- with video

railimpression_620x310Auckland Transport (AT) has decided to redevelop the existing Mt Eden Station and connect it to the CRL rather than build a new underground station at Newton.

Since the CRL’s concept design was developed two years ago, there has been concerted effort to optimise the design and drive value for money.  The on-going design improvement process included a comprehensive review of all project elements by an international “challenge team” of experts.

The improved design will connect passengers at Mt Eden Station to the CRL which previously bypassed them and improve operational reliability through the provision of a separated east-west junction so train lines won’t need to cross over each other.

Benefits

Customer experience
  • Improves reliability with grade separated junction
  • Allows Mt Eden passengers to connect to CRL
  • Saves time for 3000 passengers a day – 95 a day have longer journeys
  • Deep lifts replaced by open to air platforms
  • Provides better modal transfer
Development 
  • Leverages development of construction site
  • Better fit with wider development potential
Construction impacts
  • Reduces construction disruption on Symonds St by 12-18 months
  • Reduces construction effects on some properties
  • Six fewer surface properties required
  • About a dozen fewer sub-surface properties required
Cost
  • Reduces capital cost by $124 million
  • Reduces operational expenditure

A video of the new design;

 

Source:

 

  • at.govt.nz
  • youtube.com

City Rail Link designation confirmed

clr-alignment-diagramThe City Rail Link has reached a major milestone with Auckland Transport accepting a recommendation by planning commissioners to confirm the land requirements for the CRL.

Auckland Transport’s chief executive David Warburton says the commissioners noted that the project benefits were essentially uncontested and recognised it was critical for Auckland’s growth and economic future.

“It’s a big step forward for Auckland. A proposal to extend rail through the city centre has been on the books in some form or other for almost a hundred years but never got beyond an idea. At last we have a designated route,” says Dr Warburton.

Source: at.govt.nz

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