This page gives you the background to City Rail Link work in the lower Albert Street area between Customs and Victoria Streets and lists construction updates.
Wyndham Street East road closure from 28 March 2019
Wyndham Street East will be closed for five weeks.
This is to install new stormwater pipes and other utilities located in the middle of the road.
The left turn will be stopped from Albert Street into Wyndham Street or from Wyndham Street into Albert Street during this closure.
Pedestrian access and street car parks will be maintained on Wyndham Street outside of the road closure.
Albert Street traffic diversion and slip lane closure - (Five weeks from 1 April 2019)
The slip lane outside Barclay Suites will be closed. Albert Street southbound will be diverted over the bridge, as shown on the illustration below.
The upper eastern footpath on the bridge outside Barclay Suites all the way to Victoria Street will be reopened.
No left turn will be allowed from Albert Street into Wyndham Street.
Traffic diversion: Albert Street northbound traffic between Wyndham to Swanson Streets (Mid to Late April 2019)
Northbound traffic will be diverted as shown on the illustration below.
The footpath on the western side of Albert Street will be maintained but narrowed.
A temporary driveway will be built on Albert Street for accessing the parking located between Shakespeare and Ellice Rd.
Delayed to May 2019: Lower Albert Street - Between Customs and Quay Streets
We are planning to start the first stage of the reinstatement of the road and footpath on Lower Albert Street.
The works are going to be undertaken in four stages. The first stage will be on the north eastern corner of Lower Albert Street/ Quay Street .
The works involved are services relocation including the installation of a new stormwater line and reinstating the footpath and road. This first stage is scheduled to be completed in the middle of this year.
The traffic setup will remain the same with a bus stop lane and a traffic lane going north bound toward Quay St.
More changes around Albert Street
27 February 2019
There will be several traffic changes in the Albert Street area during the next few weeks because of City Rail Link works. Road users and pedestrians are asked to take care when using the following sections of road:
Wolfe Street will be closed during the day from 7am to 6pm until 11 March. A traffic lane will be re-opened at night. No parking will be permitted in Wolfe Street at all times. The close is necessary so that our site compound can be relocated into Wolfe Street prior to the start of reinstatement work along lower Albert Street. Traffic controllers will be on site during the day to assist local shop owners with deliveries. The Haines Tower driveway will be maintained.
Albert Street (between Wyndham and Swanson Streets): a traffic controller will operate a stop-go system while trucks use the southbound traffic lane to load construction panels from the construction deck. Delays are expected to be minimal. Fences will be installed on the footpath on the western side of the road ahead of work due to start in late May to reinstate this section of Albert Street.
Albert Street (between Mills Lane and Swanson Street): backfilling of the trench continues.
Swanson Street East: Access will be restricted to left turn in only from Albert Street, with all vehicles required to exit via Mills Lane until the end of March while removal of the hoarding on Albert Street are undertaken.
Albert Street works
04 February 2019
Albert Street - Between Wyndham and Swanson Streets
The traffic is pushed onto a section of the footpath as shown on the map below. This is to allow enough safety space to start removing the construction panels, struts and capping beam along the east side of the trench, then we will continue backfilling the trench up to the road level following by the reinstatement of the road at this location. Pedestrian access and traffic will be maintained.
Capping beam removal: The team will start breaking and removing the first section of the capping beam (temporary ground support) for about two weeks. This work involves concrete and steel breaking. Noise mitigation will be in place during the works.
Sunday 10th February
Albert Street - Wyndham Street
The Wyndham Street pedestrian bridge is shifted further south on Albert Street before the sliplane, as shown on the map below.
Wyndham Street East - (about a week)
Temporary road closure: A section of Wyndham Street will be closed for about a week. This is to install the stormwater manhole and pipe located in the middle of the road.
No turn left from Albert Street to Wyndham Street or from Wyndham Street to Albert Street will be possible.
Pedestrian access and street car parks are maintained on Wyndham Street outside the road closure.
Deliveries: Customs Street (outside DFS Galleria) - Evening deliveries
As a back up to regular steel reinforcing deliveries during the day, there may be deliveries coming to site at 7pm. The team are mindful of noise and will finish at 10pm at the latest. The truck will be parked on site and the crane will be lowering the steel into the trench, ready for the team to prepare the reinforcement in the morning.
Albert Street changes in New Year
21 December 2018
Some significant changes will be made to the layout of Albert Street in the New Year.
At the southern end of the Albert Street site, work will begin on reinstating the Wyndham Street intersection. At that location, the struts (horizontal support beams) will be removed, the trench backfilled and the road surface reinstated by about March 2019.
From March, Albert Street’s northbound traffic lane will move closer to the centre of street, onto the existing construction traffic deck, to enable the public realm reinstatement works to begin. Connectus JV will remove the pile capping beams before completing the backfilling of the trench and reinstating the road with tree pits, stormwater catchpits and new kerb lines. CRL’s Albert Street tunnel box is expected to be completed by about August 2019.
Auckland Transport starts Quay Street work
17 December 2018
Auckland Transport advises:
After Christmas, work will start on relocating Quay Street’s underground services into a single trench. This is not part of the City Rail Link project but the first stage of the Downtown programme to strengthen and enhance Quay Street by 2021.
From 27 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, there will be road closures and detours in place which will change the way you get to, or drive through Quay Street to get to another destination.
Quay Street will reduce to one westbound lane and be closed to through traffic from Commerce Street to Lower Hobson Street.
There will be no entry to Quay Street from Lower Hobson Street
Lower Albert Street will be closed to all traffic
Traffic wishing to use Quay Street as a through route will be detoured
There will be changes to Northern Express and Birkenhead bus stops
From 7 January 2019, Quay Street will return to one lane in each direction between Tangihua and Lower Hobson Street. Lower Hobson Street will also reopen. Lower Albert Street will remain closed until mid-January. From 7 January to 13 January, there will be no right turn from Quay Street into Princes Wharf.
Albert Street (Corner Mills Lane) Traffic Diversion- Saturday 26 May
24 May 2018
On 26 May, to continue excavation CRL contractors Connectus needs to remove an old sewer pipe underneath Albert Street, across a trench between Mills Lane to Wolfe Street.
During the demolition of the pipe, a truck parked onto the construction deck will access the manhole located in the middle of the road at the corner of Albert Street and Mills Lane (See the red circle).
Once demolished, there will be a temporary pipe installed across the trench above the excavation.
The area around the manhole will be coned off for safety.
The traffic on Albert Street going toward the south will not change, only a little deviation will be needed around the cones.
A traffic controller will be there to assist if needed.
The work will take a day to complete starting at 7am and finishing at 6pm.
Connectus work in Albert Street
02 May 2018
Connectus advise the following work between Customs Street and Mills Lane/Wolfe Street:
At the northern end of Albert Street, the Connectus team is planning to do drilling works from today to Friday (4th May), during the day. The drilling works are the temporary ground support within the trench (see picture below). Please note this work will be noisy and vibration may be felt.
Wolfe Street changes
13 February 2018
Connectus advise that because of the CRL construction, Wolfe Street will change from Sunday.
Wolfe Street will reverse direction
The left turn from Albert Street onto Wolfe Street will be stopped
Access to Wolfe Street will be available via Hobson and Federal Streets
The setup of Albert Street is now in a 'steady state' for traffic flow and will remain unchanged until late this year.