City Rail Link

News - July 2019

Signed, sealed… and to be delivered in 2024


Friday 19 July was a huge day in the life of the City Rail Link project, with the signing of the Project Alliance Agreement between CRL Ltd and a group of national and international companies making up the Link Alliance.

It means that works on the single biggest stretch of City Rail Link, including the tunnels, rail systems and new and re-developed stations, can now forge ahead keeping us on track for having Auckland’s first underground rail system in place by 2024.

Putting pen to paper on the agreement represents a significant milestone, not only in the history of this project, but for Auckland’s future and we’re excited to be getting stuck into the main works that will deliver the type of modern rail network expected of world-class cities.

Known as the C3 contract, the works will include the construction of two inner-city underground stations - Aotea and  Karangahape - the revamp of the existing Mount Eden Station, as well as the twin-tunnels to link them all.

The Link Alliance is made up of top-tier national and international construction companies with a proven record of delivering large and complex infrastructure projects.

Aucklanders can be confident that a project transforming the way they travel, live and work will be delivered to a high standard, on time in 2024, and on budget - leaving behind an outstanding legacy for the for the city.

The Project Alliance Agreement and other project-related documents were signed inside the Chief Post Office heritage building in lower Queen Street, whose 4000 tonnes of 106-year-old masonry is being suspended on temporary foundations above the construction of tunnels below it.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, kaumatua representing Tāmaki Makaurau Iwi, CRL Ltd, the Link Alliance and project partners Auckland Transport and KiwiRail were all present at the signing.

The Link Alliance will start shifting utilities in spring, and main construction work of the C3 contract will start in the new year.

Nigel Horrocks