City Rail Link

City Rail Link (CRL) timeline


The City Rail Link is due for completion in 2024.

Aucklanders will have new world-class stations and a modern rail service that benefits the entire transport network for decades to come.

City Rail Link is proceeding with a single Alliance to deliver the stations, tunnels and rail systems.

This contract is expected to be awarded by the end of April.

The main contract is currently in the final stages of a tender process with two shortlisted tenderers:

  • Link Joint Venture with Downer, Vinci Grands Projets, Soletanche Bachy, AECOM, Tonkin and Taylor

  • WSP Opus and a joint venture between CPB Contractors, UGL, Beca, McMillan Jacob and Jacobs.

    Earlier Contracts

    In April 2015, two Joint Venture Design and Construction contracts were awarded to provide early input into the CRL design for two ‘early works’ or ‘enabling works’ packages to be undertaken in the Downtown area.

Contract 1: Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy (DSBJV) were chosen to progress the CRL work through and under Britomart Station and Queen Street to the site of the former Downtown Shopping Centre site, now the Precinct Properties Commercial Bay development.  Construction commenced in July 2016.

Contract 2: Connectus (McConnell Dowell and Downer JV) were chosen to construct the cut and cover tunnels under and along Albert St from Customs Street to Wyndham Street.

Contract 6: A contract for stormwater diversion works in Mt Eden was awarded to the March Bessac Joint Venture. This was for the construction of a new underground stormwater tunnel between Water and Nikau Streets to replace an existing adjacent pipe that would be in the way of the CRL tunnels.