CRL is not just a rail project. The city centre will be transformed. Careful thought is being given into the opportunities presented when the construction teams leave.
This fly-through video shows the greatly improved Albert Street when the City Rail Link work is finished.
A high quality public space will be created for workers and business owners along the route.
Wider footpaths... trees... bus lanes... pedestrian-friendly.
Old piece of Auckland kept and restored
An historic wall in the way of the City Rail Link Albert Street tunnel construction will be painstakingly preserved.
It's the oldest piece of road construction in the central city that was made from local material. The bluestone wall is along the eastern side of Albert Street, between Wyndham Street and Victoria Street West. It was completed in 1880 following the widening of Durham Street.
It will be carefully deconstructed stone by stone and then reconstructed in exactly the same sequence but moved one metre to the east of where it is today.
Close monitoring is being carried out during the Albert Street construction to ensure there are no negative effects on the wall.
It's a split level section of roadway. The slip road off Albert Street is up to 5m below the level of the main road alignment.
Men's public toilets, now closed, were part of the wall at the Durham Street intersection and were constructed underneath the road in 1880 but have been modified over time. There was little remaining of the original fabric apart from some painted screens between cubicles.
The bluestone wall was built by contractor Daniel Fallon. In an obituary published in the Auckland Star on 28 September 1920, Daniel Fallon is described as someone "who had much to do with works in connection with the development of Auckland" and that "he built for the future."
Those works included reclamation works in the Waitematā Harbour, the area that is now Victoria Park and the construction of the railway from Mercer to Ngaruawahia and Ohaupo to Te Awamutu.
See what’s also planned when CRL construction at Lower Queen Street is finished:
Post-CRL development opportunites
The CRL has identified considerable development potential after construction of the underground rail link is completed.
As well as improving public transport access to most parts of the city centre and major employment areas, the project will stimulate private investment and facilitate a substantial amount of development around station locations.