About the project
The City Rail Link (CRL) is the largest transport infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in New Zealand and will deliver a modern rail system for our growing international city.
The 3.45 kilometre twin-tunnel underground rail link will unlock our public transport network and transform the way we travel around our city. When CRL opens, Aucklanders will have new world-class stations and an integrated rail service that will benefit the entire transport network for decades to come.
The new underground will transform Waitematā Station (Britomart) from a dead-end stop, to a two-way station - allowing trains to run efficiently in both directions, to and from the city centre.
The tunnels begin at Waitematā Station (Britomart) and run up Albert Street to a new Te Waihorotiu Station (Aotea) with entrances on Victoria and Wellesley Streets, then on to a new Karanga-a-Hape Station (Karangahape) with entrances on Mercury Lane and Beresford square. CRL will then rise to join the Western Line at a redeveloped Maungawhau/Mount Eden Station. Wider rail network improvements are also taking place at Parnell, Otahuhu, Henderson and Newmarket.
CRL delivering significant benefits for Auckland:
A train at least every ten minutes in peak – just turn up and go
Moves the equivalent capacity of three Auckland Harbour Bridges or 16 extra traffic lanes around the city centre at peak times
Double the number of people within 30 minutes travel of New Zealand’s biggest employment hub
Eases congestion on our roads by providing commuters with a viable transport alternative to driving
Significant commercial and residential development opportunities around the stations, with more than 70 large building projects underway or proposed along the CRL route
Attractive public spaces around CRL stations
Reduced bus congestion in the city centre
Job creation for more than 2,000 people during the construction peak
Travel times drop dramatically across the city; from Maungawhau/Mount Eden Station it will take only three minutes to get to the uptown Karanga-a-Hape Station (Karangahape), six minutes to the midtown Te Waihorotiu Station (Aotea) and nine minutes to the downtown Waitematā Station (Britomart).
Benefits will be felt across the entire network as well for example; commuters will save 17 minutes between Henderson and Aotea, 17 minutes between Ellerslie and Karangahape Road, and 9 minutes between Glen Innes between Papakura and Aotea.
The CRL is currently under construction. Construction is due to be completed in 2025.
For more information on this project, visit City Rail Link website.
For the latest CRL work construction notifications in your area, visit City Rail Link website.
For the latest information on the proposed station names visit City Rail Link website.
City Rail Link Ltd