Over the next few years, activities and movement in Auckland's city centre are affected by CRL construction and that of a number of other significant projects.
Here we will list any new changes that could affect you.
Reinstatement of Wellesley Street turn
Updated 19 October 2017
The right-hand turn from Wellesley Street to Albert Street will be restored in the New Year.
Construction equipment has now been cleared from Wellesley Street at the Albert Street intersection.
The Wellesley St shaft for the new stormwater line under Albert Street has been capped and the road reinstated.
All the stormwater that used to flow through the old pipe down the middle of Albert Street has been diverted into the new line that runs further to the east between Wellesley and Swanson Sts.
Victoria Street shaft site removal begins
Updated 19 October 2017
The large acoustic shed that surrounded one of the Victoria Street shafts is now being dismantled and should be gone by November.
The 22-metre-deep shaft, which launched the tunnel boring machine that pipe-jacked the new Albert St stormwater line, is being backfilled. The shed will then be removed and Victoria Street realigned to its pre-construction state.
In December, once the road surface has been rebuilt, traffic lanes will be moved over to the northern side of Victoria Street so the footpath on the opposite side can be reinstated.
The second Victoria St shaft to the west of Albert Street is also being backfilled.
Victoria Street is expected to be back to normal by Christmas.
Updated 16 October 2017
The CRL shed has now been moved from near the corner of Albert andWellesley Streets and traffic and bus lanes have been restored.
Changes have also been made to the Albert and Customs Street intersection.
Customs Street Intersection
Updated 12 October 2017
Connectus advise that work around the Customs St intersection is finishing soon with the completion of the bridge deck that enables excavation underneath this intersection.
The road could be reopened as early as 14 October, depending on the weather.
Wyndham, Wolfe Streets
Updated 2 October 2017
Motorists will find better access now at Wyndham and Wolfe Streets.
- Swanson diversion is now complete. The left turn into Wolfe St from Albert St is now open. Albert Street traffic is now driving along a traffic deck in the northbound direction, between Swanson St and Wolfe St.
- Wyndham St West is now reopen (one lane at Wyndham Street West and Albert Street).
- Swanson pedestrian crossing on the western side, the road is now open to traffic. Please take extra care when crossing the bridge, following the pedestrian lights.
More street changes
Updated 27 August 2017
Connectus advise of the following changes planned. This is correct as of today.
From Monday 2 October - Wyndham Street
One lane will be open at Wyndham Street West and Albert Street.
From Wednesday 4 October - Wellesley Street
We will have our construction site cleared away from Wellesley Street, and the road re-marked for full width operation.
From Friday 6 October - Intersection of Customs and Albert Streets
Traffic will be able to turn left from Customs Street along the right hand side of Albert Street. Also at that time the informal pedestrian crossing beside Quay West will be stopped for the remainder of excavation, to enable demolition of the road surface to occur.
Albert Street bus changes
Updated 23 August 2017
Because of CRL works further up Albert Street starting in January, there will be changes to bus stops and routes.
The changes are in Albert Street between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West.
Albert Street will be reduced to a single through lane in each direction between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West. This means bus services that use that area will be relocated.
You will find information and a chance to give feedback on the Auckland Transport website.
Swanson Street pedestrian bridge opens - but take care
We have opened a second pedestrian bridge in Albert Street- so you can what is going on in the preparation for the underground rail tunnels.
But please be extra careful when crossing it, as the southbound traffic line is live.
The new pedestrian crossing is on Swanson St, outside the ANZ building (western side) and Grasshopper Thai Restaurant (eastern side).
We recently opened another crossing for you next to the Shakespeare Hotel.
Road surface removal begins between Wolfe and Customs
Updated 20 August 2017
From now until early October, contractor Connectus Joint Venture will remove the remaining section of existing road surface on Albert Street between Wolfe and Customs Streets.
This involves excavating the top 1.5 metres of roadway and installing an extensive steel support structure that will hold apart retaining walls during the bulk excavation works for the CRL tunnels. It will also support a pre-cast concrete traffic deck that enables the entire excavation to be completed while maintaining a lane of traffic in each direction.
The final section of the traffic deck at the intersection of Customs and Albert Streets is expected to be completed in October. This will return the Customs/Albert intersection to its pre-construction state.
In November, the construction deck along Albert Street will be completed, along with the northbound deck for public traffic. This will provide one traffic lane in each direction for the remainder of the construction works.
Customs Street West traffic changes
Updated 27 July 2017
Customs Street West between Downtown Carpark and Albert Street will be reduced to one lane until November .
Please expect delays in the area and plan your travel in advance.
New pedestrian crossing layout
Updated 27 July 2017
If you cross the intersection of Customs and Albert Streets, you'll find a new layout set up by the Connectus traffic management team.
This enables the construction of the last section of the permanent traffic bridge. This new layout will be in place until this last section is completed which is scheduled for September this year.
A big thank you to our Traffic Controllers that keep us all safe.
Albert Street traffic changes
Updated 26 June 2017
On Albert St, between Wyndham and Swanson Sts, the top 1.5m of road surface continues to be removed to allow the installation of an extensive steel support structure ahead of the bulk excavation works for the City Rail Link (CRL) tunnels.
This structure will hold piled retaining walls apart during the CRL tunnel excavation along Albert St and will also support a pre-cast concrete deck that enables the entire excavation to be completed while maintaining a lane of traffic in each direction.
In the coming months, the operation will progress towards Customs St and is expected to be completed in October. During this time, Connectus will also start excavating down to the level of the depth of the future CRL tunnels, progressively moving north from the Wyndham St end.
For about one year, southbound traffic has been diverted off Albert St to the Wyndham to Victoria St slip lane by the bluestone heritage wall. This provides the contractor a laydown and stockpiling area opposite the Auckland District Court building to facilitate the excavation and backfill operations associated with the tunnel construction.
From 5 July, northbound traffic along Albert St is scheduled to be temporarily diverted for three months via Swanson St West and Federal St to allow contractors more space to excavate the top 1.5m of roadway and install the large steel struts and pre-cast concrete traffic decks. Wolfe Street will be accessible from Federal Street but there will be no access from the Albert St end.
At the Albert/Customs intersection, construction is nearing completion on the third of four sections of the traffic deck, which will form part of a bridge structure that spans the entire intersection, allowing all four traffic lanes to be re-established (likely by the end of September) while the CRL tunnels are constructed underneath.
Stay safe when crossing
Updated 15 June 2017
In Downtown Auckland, construction borders are often moved to accommodate the latest section being worked on - so make sure you follow signs and please obey anyone officiating at temporary or changed pedestrian crossings.