CRL is not just about a rail project so a lot of careful thought is being given into the opportunities presented when the construction teams leave.
Here are the latest concepts for Downtown's Lower Queen Street
When the CRL work is completed, a pedestrian square will return to the Lower Queen Street area outside the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre.
Britomart Station Plaza plus Tyler Street and Galway Street
The thinking behind the designs
The design of Lower Queen Street reflects what was once here.
The pavement on the northern end depicts the waves of the Waitematā coming to shore while the southern end design shows the meandering of the Waihorotiu Stream that once ran into the harbour and still exists below Queen Street.
In front of the Chief Post Office entrance is the whāriki, a welcome mat collaboratively designed by Mana Whenua weavers to depict a traditional woven harakeke (flax) mat. The whāriki facilitates a meeting point; of two waters, of past and present, of people.
This space has been designed with pedestrians in mind and its ability to be used for events. The tidal pavement design in the Britomart Station rear plaza continues to reference water as does the street furniture in this space which depicts shellfish that once existed in the area.
Concept designs: Inside Britomart post-CRL
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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.