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Hello 2018!

HELLO 2018!

Another big year ahead for CRL!

2017 was a great year for the CRL project with numerous milestones.

Now it's full steam ahead for a very busy year. We'll keep you informed here and on social media.

Here are some of the things to note as we start the year:

  • The Albert Street trench has reached its full 18-metre depth near Wyndham Street. Excavation at the northern end will be completed by the middle of the year.
  • The first concrete has been poured for the tunnel box which will be completed by late this year.
  • Just before Christmas, CRL contractors Connectus, the McConnell Dowell - Downer joint venture, installed the last of 201 concrete slabs that form the construction and public traffic deck along Albert Street. This deck allows the team to continue building the future CRL rail tunnels while Auckland’s Albert Street traffic keeps moving.
  • You'll notice the construction shafts in Wellesley and Victoria Streets near the intersection of Albert Streets have now been removed and traffic layouts reinstated
  • While the trench work continues in Albert St, preparation work is commencing in February between Wellesley and Victoria Streets, Canopies over buildings will be removed and underground utilities shifted.
  • That will reduce Albert Street to one lane in each direction between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West causing all Western bus services to change route in/out of the city centre and change some bus stops. Auckland Transport has details on its website. 
  • The tunnels in the Precinct Commercial Bay site opposite Britomart are taking shape. They will eventually connect to sections of the tunnel from Britomart and Albert St.
  • Just before Christmas, the contract for stormwater diversion works in Mt Eden was awarded to the March Bessac Joint Venture. This work will start late January. There are a number of tenders remaining. We'll keep you  updated in our Procurement section
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TUNNEL:  The tunnel at the Commercial Bay site is taking shape


  • At the Britomart (CPO) building, preparation work continues for the building of the tunnels through to Commercial Bay and beyond.  Walls with steel and concrete beams being constructed will support the CPO and the CRL tunnel box.
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CPO: Contractors are flat out inside preparing for the tunnels in the Britomart Transport Centre


  • While CRL work in Karangahape Road won't be starting until late next year (2019), some boreholes are planned for the Karangahape Road area for the start of this year. Preparation work for the boreholes starts from this month and all the work will finish in February. The contract for the CRL work in K Rd is still to be procured. The K Rd enhancement project, which is starting this year. Auckland Transport has more details on their website.  
  • There is also borehole work planned in the central city and the Uptown / Eden Terrace area around the same time as Karangahape Road.