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Ministers welcome CRL

 

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have hailed the City Rail Link (CRL) as a major game-changer for Auckland.

They were speaking outside the Britomart Transport Centre (former CPO) at a ceremony to formalise the partnership between Government and Auckland Council to deliver New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project. CRL Ltd took effect from 1 July.

Mr Bridges called it an historic moment. "This is the biggest infrastructure project we've ever seen and will mean a massive injection in capacity to enable Aucklanders to get around the city more efficiently."

ON SITE: Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaks to CRL Project Director Chris Meale

ON SITE: Finance Minister Steven Joyce speaks to CRL Project Director Chris Meale

"I want to congratulate the project team that has successfully managed the CRL project to date, and supported the transition to CRLL."

He says the signing is the next milestone in this important addition to Auckland’s public transport system. With Auckland’s population predicted to grow by more than 700,000 people over the next 30 years, the CRL will play an important role in getting people in and out of the city with ease.

“Once complete, the CRL will fundamentally change the way people get around central Auckland and demonstrates the Government’s is commitment to Auckland and its Public Transport systems."

“CRL is Auckland’s top new transport priority. It will double the capacity of the whole existing rail network and provide significant travel time savings for commuters."

Finance Minister Steven Joyce says it was a very big investment and so it was important to get the structure right.

"We want to see it delivered on time, earlier if possible and on budget."

AGREEMENT: Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Finance Minister Steven Joyce

AGREEMENT: Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Finance Minister Steven Joyce

"This is a complex and critical piece of infrastructure that will unlock major development opportunities across central Auckland. It is crucial we have a single joint entity running the project solely focused on delivering a high-quality result for the city while effectively managing the investment of both the Crown and Auckland Council."

“The Crown and Auckland Council have signed agreements transferring the project to CRLL, formalising their partnership to jointly fund and oversee it through to completion."

“Under the leadership of Sir Brian Roche as Chair, CRLL will drive delivery of this complex project.”

INSPECT: The official party inspects the construction machines outside Britomart Transport Centre

INSPECT: The official party inspects the construction machines outside Britomart Transport Centre

 
Nigel Horrocks