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Construction Albert St- Customs to Victoria Streets


This page details work in the lower Albert Street area between Customs and Victoria Streets -followed by the latest notifications.

Our Albert Street works – also referred to as Contract 2 (C2) - are being undertaken by Connectus, a McConnell Dowell and Downer joint venture.

C2 started with the relocation of a major stormwater line in Albert Street between Swanson and Wellesley Streets and the strengthening and bridging of a section of the Orakei Sewer Main at the intersection of Victoria Street and Albert Street. 

Since then, Connectus has also completed a ‘cut and cover’ trench down the middle of Albert Street between Wyndham Street and Customs Street and has almost finished building the twin underground rail tunnels inside it.   

What’s happening now?

Connectus is now backfilling the trench up to road level, working progressively from Wyndham Street to Customs Street. This work is expected to continue until the end of 2019.  

It has also made a start on the final stage of works – the reinstatement of Albert Street - which will bring an enhanced streetscape with wider footpaths, new street furniture and trees and new stormwater infrastructure. This is also being undertaken in a northern direction, from Wyndham to Customs. 

The reinstatement will be undertaken in seven key stages. Each stage has different traffic management set-ups and changes to the location of construction hoardings and pedestrian access routes. 

What’s coming up for Albert Street in the future? 

Towards the end of this year, CRL is expecting to start diverting utility services between Victoria and Wellesley Streets as part of early works for the new Aotea Station. This work will be undertaken by the Link Alliance, who will deliver CRL’s main stations and tunnels work. Link Alliance will come to meet with businesses before works get underway. 

The Link Alliance expects to start the main Aotea station works before the middle of 2020, starting with the piling works mentioned above. 

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This information is from contractors Connectus. If you have a query, phone 0800 CRL TALK (0800 275 8255).

Latest Notifications

17 May 2019

BEAM: Capping beam removal preparation

BEAM: Capping beam removal preparation

We are continuing the services relocation at the intersection of Wyndham Street west, preparing the road for public use. 

Further down the road between Wyndham and Swanson Streets we have prepared the site for the start of the capping beam removal.

The major capping beam demolition works start this Wednesday 22nd May. This is noisy work, and we will get through it as fast as we can. It will start with the wire saw, and then to the large jackhammer. We are trialing a large noise baffling structure for this work.

On Lower Albert Street east we are continuing with the services relocation, and we'll stay on that eastern site until next year.

Monday 20 May to Friday 25 May

Albert Street (under Customs Street/Albert Street intersection)

There will be some noisy works happening next week in the tunnel under the intersection. We are adjusting a short section of tunnel.

The hydrovac truck will be parked on our site on Lower Albert Street east. 

Monday 27 May

Traffic diversion - Albert Street northbound traffic diversion between Swanson Street to Customs Street

Northbound traffic on Albert Street will be directed from Swanson to Federal Street, then out to Fanshawe Street Traffic going north Albert Street between Swanson to Customs Street will be closed. Pedestrian access is maintained.

This is also a significant change for pedestrians. The footpath will be narrowed by steel mesh fencing to protect them from the heavy work going on in the road.

Freight access for shops into Wolfe Street will continue uninterrupted.

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Tuesday 4 June to Friday 21 June

Albert Street west/Mills Lane intersection & Federal Street/Wolfe Street intersection

We will be shifting the main sewer line which connects the two sides of Albert Street. This is a complex series of pipe shifts, and we will need to continue work 6 days a week on this one due to the importance of this service. The pumps are the most modern and noise-baffled available. We have been using a similar system throughout the last year with no odour detected. We will be monitoring this operation 24/7.
Traffic and pedestrian access will be diverted but maintained.  The traffic at the Federal Street/Wolfe Street will look as illustrated below for a week.

Swanson to Wolfe Streets will be noisy due to hydrovac as we rebuild watermains.

Freight access for shops into Wolfe Street will continue uninterrupted.


Mid June - Road re-opening -Wyndham Street west

We will be re-opening Wyndham Street west, now that the utility networks including water, electricity and telecoms have been renewed and shifted.

The setup of the road will look like the illustration below: