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Milestones reached on New Zealand’s City Rail Link scheme

Work on a major excavation has been completed and tunnelling has also started on Auckland’s new City Rail Link project, which mark a major milestones for the scheme.

The new 3.45km twin tunnel rail link is up to 42m below ground and is expected to open in 2035 and connect the current Mount Eden Station with new stations at Karangahape and Aotea to connect with Britomart Station.

Project promoter City Rail Link said that the joint venture of Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy has completed underpinning on a 106 year old listed building to allow tunnelling work on at Britomart to get underway.

City Rail Link CEO Sean Sweeney said elsewhere on the project the McConnell Dowell and Downer joint venture, Connectus, had started work on backfilling a major excavation for a cut and cover section of tunnel in Auckland’s busiest street.

Sweeney said that the backfilling of the trench marks the start of the last stage of the Albert Street works needed before the road can be re-instated and returned to road users and pedestrians.

“The team has been working very hard to get to this point relocating services, piling, supporting and diverting utilities, bulk excavation and constructing the tunnel box itself,” he said.

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