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Construction: Karangahape Station

Construction: Karangahape Station

Rail is coming uptown to Karangahape Road.

This page gives you the background to City Rail Link work in the area and lists construction updates.

When CRL opens in 2024, the Karangahape Road area will have a new architecturally-designed station, making it easier and quicker for more people to travel to and from the K Road area.

This new station, with entrances on Mercury Lane (next to the Mercury Theatre) and Beresford Square, will be the deepest on the CRL network at 32 metres underground.

CRL works are expected to start in the K Road area in the second half of 2019.

Utility diversions

A number of network utilities are located within the footprint of the future Karangahape Station and must be diverted before station construction takes place. These works will be included as part of CRL’s main station and tunnels contract (expected to be awarded in April 2019). There are likely to be a few utility investigations done in May 2019 to confirm the location of certain underground cables.

Future demolition works

A number of buildings on Mercury Lane and East Street need to be demolished before CRL’s station and tunnelling work begins.

We are consulting with property owners and occupiers adjoining the demolition area to better understand what activities are taking place in their buildings and how the demolition works might affect those living and working in the area. These meetings will help us to develop a draft Social Impact & Business Disruption Delivery Work Plan and other construction management plans that deal with the effects of demolition - such as noise, dust, access and parking disruption.

Understanding how people could be affected enables us to develop the most robust plans to help mitigate the impacts of demolition works on the local community.

Demolition is not expected to begin until later in 2019 once a construction alliance has been established to build CRL’s stations and tunnels.

Questions about the demolition works

When is demolition likely to begin?
We don’t expect demolition to start until the second half of 2019.

How long will demolition take?
Demolition is expected to take about three months.

Could there be asbestos in these buildings?
All buildings to be demolished will be thoroughly investigated for asbestos. If asbestos is found, this will be carefully and safely managed as part of demolition, in accordance with New Zealand regulations.

What approvals are required for demolition?
CRLL already has designations and resource consents in place to authorise the demolition works. However, these require various management plans to be developed to ensure that the works cause as little disruption as possible.

The management plans need to demonstrate that CRLL has considered all possible environmental impacts and how these will be addressed. They are developed by industry experts and independently reviewed before being submitted to council for approval.

How will community concerns be addressed in the management plans?
In early 2019, we will be talking to neighbouring property owners and occupiers who may be impacted by the demolition works. This will enable us to better understand how businesses and residences may be affected, so that we can manage the demolition works to minimise disruption.

Draft management plans will be provided to the Karangahape CLG for comment.

Will there be a point of contact during demolition if I have any concerns?
Yes. There will be a 24-hour contact number once work commences.

What will happen to the land once CRL construction has finished?
Any land not required as part of the new station development will be returned to the current owner(s) or made available for future redevelopment.

Where can people go for more information?
This page will be updated as new information comes to hand.

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