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 some of the current planning concepts:
Queen Elizabeth Square (QEII Square) is a public space bounded by the Downtown Shopping Centre, HSBC and Zurich Buildings and opposite Britomart Transport Centre.
QEII Square was under-utilised due to the effects of shading and during 2015 sold by Auckland Council to developer Precinct Properties for $27.2 million to enable a section of the Commercial Bay development to be constructed on the site. The sale was subject to an Environment Court Hearing following appeal by interest groups.
Auckland Council is committed to providing an alternate public space.
So 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.
The concept plan
When the CRL work in Albert Street is done, it's a chance to upgrade the street - and especially ensuring a high quality public space for workers and business owners along the route.
Wider footpaths... trees... bus lanes... pedestrian-friendly.