Auckland’s City Rail Link signed a EUR 970 million with Link Alliance for the design and construction of 3.45 km of extension of a train line, from Britomart station to the existing Mount Eden station. The project includes a 3.2-km tunnel, the construction of two new inner-city underground stations, as well as the upgrade of the existing Mt Eden station.
The Link Alliance consortium comprises Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Downer NZ, Soletanche Bachy International NZ Limited, WSP Opus (NZ), Aecom New Zealand and Tonkin+Taylor.
“Given the competition world-wide to build infrastructure, the whole country can take pride in the fact that such a high calibre of international companies want to come here and help build a better future for New Zealand,” Transport Minister, Phil Twyford, said.
The AUD 4.4 billion (EUR 2.77 billion) is funded by the Crown and Auckland Council, and it is expected to be completed in 2024. In April, the authorities revised the cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project, which represented a AUD 1 billion (EUR 629 million) increase of the initial budget.
The new line will accommodate 54,000 passengers per hour at peak travel times. It will double the capacity of the rail network and will reduce travel times into and through the central city, relieving road transport.
“With the population of Auckland growing by 40,000 a year and public transport journeys exceeding 100 million in the past year, the completion of CRL can’t come soon enough,” Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff, said.
In April, City Rail Link announced Link Alliance as the preferred bidder for the C3 contract, the largest package of work of the project. For this contract, a consortium formed by CPB Contractors, UGL (NZ), Beca, Jacobs New Zealand and McMillen Jacobs submitted its offer at the competitive tender process.