City Rail Link Limited`s initial planned concept was to install reinforced concrete piles and head plates on both sides of the junction and then build a temporary steel bridge over it. The bridge was demolished at the end of the project, 2.5 years later. In April 2019, CRL Limited announced that the cost of the CRL project had been revised upwards by NZ$1 billion to NZ$4.4 billion (AUD 4.2 billion). This reflects higher costs in four areas: emergency and climbing costs, construction costs, hosting longer trains in nine parts, and non-direct costs. Auckland Council approved the cost review on 2 May and released an additional $500 million in funding. The New Zealand government has also approved the cost revision, which allocates its share of additional resources through New Zealand`s 2019 budget. “It will double the capacity of our rail network, reduce travel times in and through the city centre, help get cars off the road and boost investment in our region. The signing of this agreement will help ensure the provision of the first-class transportation system that our city needs. The project will be implemented under a number of resource authorization and designation conditions covering social effects and business interruptions, water and air quality, noise and vibration, and access to traffic. Achieving the project`s noise limit value objective is particularly challenging, given that the limit value is 75 dB in broad daylight and 60dB at night. There are also requirements to keep one lane open in both directions and keep trails open on either side at all times. To meet these conditions, we had to carefully select the tools and equipment used and plan our work around the available spaces. “Under sir Brian Roche`s leadership as President, CRLL will accelerate the implementation of this complex project.” To ensure that the momentum of the project was not lost, Link Alliance began working on a $75 million contract for early work, while commercial and legal negotiations for the completion of the APA continued.
Reorganization of Otahuhu Station – The introduction of the CRL roadmap diverts many Western Line services from Newmarket and South to offer a much better West-Britomart service. A new service is offered between Henderson and Otahuhu as a replacement. This project allows the operation of the purple road in Otahuhu….