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Mt Eden Stormwater diversion works

Mt Eden stormwater works


City Rail Link's C6 contract involves diverting a section of the existing Mt Eden stormwater pipe.

It creates a new alignment between Water and Ruru Streets as part of CRL's redevelopment of the Mt Eden train station.

The existing stormwater pipe is in the path of the new CRL tunnels that will be built there.

On this page you can will see details about the work  and a link to the page which has the latest updates.

The realignment works are expected to continue until autumn 2019.

The contract

March Bessac Joint Venture (MBJV) was awarded the contract to undertake the works. MBJV is a partnership between NZ-based company March Construction and specialist French-based tunnelling company Bessac.

Demolition works

Before the stormwater diversion, CRL needed to demolish apartments at 26 Mt Eden Road and the former Hyde Group building on the corner of Nikau and Ruru Streets.

  DEMOLITION: Demolition of the apartments at 26 Mt Eden Rd

DEMOLITION: Demolition of the apartments at 26 Mt Eden Rd

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  INFORMED: The CRL team aims to keep affected residents and businesses informed of progress

INFORMED: The CRL team aims to keep affected residents and businesses informed of progress


Stormwater realignment works

Shafts are being dug at Water and Ruru Streets. They launch and receive the micro tunnel boring machine that is installing the replacement stormwater line. The tunnel will be completed in a single drive from Water to Ruru Streets. 

A third shaft at Mt Eden Rd will provide future access to the main via a manhole.

This work is expected to be completed by autumn 2019.

The shafts

Water St (launch)

  • 16m deep secant pile construction

  • 8.5m internal diameter

Mt Eden Rd (access)

  • 18m deep

  • 2.5m internal diameter

Ruru St (receiving)

  • 15m deep shaft

  • 9.4m internal diameter

Work programme

April 2018 Demolition works
May/June 2018 Shaft works, followed by pipe-jacking
Autumn 2019 Expected completion

Pollutant traps

In addition to the stormwater realignment,  pollutant traps were being installed at Boston and Normandy Roads as part of the stormwater network improvements for Auckland. They will capture large and non-biodegradable waste such as litter and coarse sediment to prevent it reaching waterways.


Boston Road: April- September
Normanby Road: October- December

Each trap takes about four weeks to install.

Micro-tunnel boring machine

The tunneling  is being done by a German-built Herrenknecht AVN machine. You can read about how it works here.

The machine was named Jeffie following a hugely popular CRL social naming contest. The most popular name was Jeff but traditionally such machines adopt a female name so Jeffie - a popular girls name in the early 1900s- was chosen.

Naming digging equipment after women is said to be a tradition that dates to the 1500s when miners prayed to to St. Barbara to keep them safe underground.

Saint Barbara is the patron saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because her legend associated her with lightning.