Our City Rail Link (CRL) project, which includes two new city train stations and a redeveloped Mt Eden station, is due for completion in 2024.
Here you can take a virtual tour through all the impressive CRL stations -
Karangahape (Mercury Lane entrance)- this page
The CRL creates those new stations but is not an inner-city rail loop as some media call it. Think of it like the Waterview tunnel, joining up motorways. By joining the rail network and adding new stations, the City Rail Link will revolutionise the way you get to your destination.
First stop is the new CRL station entrance at Mercury Lane, off Karangahape Road. Then follow the links above or at the bottom of this page to go to through the other stations.
The first of the four videos is of the CRL station off Karangahape Road
This new Karangahape Station will be the deepest at 32 metres deep and has 150m long platforms. The underground platforms will go as far as Beresford Square where another entrance is planned. (In July 2018, Auckland Council and the Government agreed to future proof the City Rail Link and expand station sizes to cater for rocketing growth in rail patronage across Auckland. The agreement means the tendering process can now consider work such as the second entrance for the Karangahape Road station).
In our video, you'll head off K Rd to head down Mercury Lane where you'll see the new station building next to the Mercury Theatre.
This has been updated to also include an exit to Beresford Square.
You'll notice some new buildings
Later you'll also approach it from one of the side streets Cross Street (in the photo to the right) which is parallel to K Rd. The station will stimulate new development around the area so you will notice a new building above the station and similar new buildings in the foreground. These are concepts of what is possible. Living so close to a train station will be popular.
Wander down a new pedestrian mall
The station site measures about 2,600sqms of developable land owned by CRLL so once we finish, there is much potential for development in the land we needed during construction.
Alongside the station is a pedestrian mall which will run alongside the station between Mercury Lane and East Street. In the video you will wander down that area.
Note the design in partnership with Mana Whenua
As you enter the Mercury Lane entrance, note how it evokes the branching arms of the vast spreading canopies of Kauri trees, radiating out from massive trunks. The entrance provides a dramatic sense of relief via a series of large climbing patterns that are revealed as commuters pass through the space towards the entrance. The overall experience is one of rising from, and descent into, the earth. It is proposed that light and sound will be used to enhance the experience of the entrance space.
The City Rail Links’ design partnership with Mana Whenua has resulted in the incorporation of many cultural references in the architectural expression narratives all the stations.
The Maori creation story has influenced the CRL station entrances, each telling the story of Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatuanuku, the earth mother. Their close embrace was separated by their son, Tane Mahuta, who in pushing them apart to bring light (Te Whaiao) into the world and, the state of creation into being (Te Ao Marama).
Each station entrance emphasises, through the architecture and materials, the relationship between solid earth on the ground and the sky above the entrance. The entrances express the deity identified for each location representing the unique identity of the station.
As commuters travel through the station to the platforms at Karangahape station, the experience is intended to be just as exciting as the entrance experience.
The design proposes the use of modular lining panels that offer dramatic relief in their form, acoustic absorption by their pattern, and the incorporation of subtle colour differences that reflect the geotechnical layers of the earth as people descend to platform level.
You'll notice a different name for the station
The name ‘Karangahape Road’ stems from ‘Te Karanga a Hape’, the welcoming call of Hape who according to Te Wai o Hua arrived on a stingray prior to the Tainui waka and welcomed his relatives to Tamaki. Accordingly, under consideration is calling the station Karanga-a-hape and you will see this written in several places in the video.
Where the station is located
Before watching the video, it may help to get your bearings on the area.